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Pray With Purpose This May


Written by Plant With Purpose on May 1, 2014 in Prayer Letter

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“Prayer is the only power that is going to enable us to make it in this work of justice over the long haul.”

These words of Bethany Hoang, International Justice Mission’s Director of the Institute for Biblical Justice, speak to the importance of our monthly program prayer. At Plant With Purpose, we trust that prayer is the most powerful tool we possess in fighting poverty and environmental destruction around the world. As Bethany put it at The Justice Conference, “justice begins in the heart of God.” And because justice is at the core of God’s character, going boldly to Him in prayer is vital to our work in justice.

We invite you to join us this month as we remember the power prayer holds to equip, direct, heal, and bring about justice. Please join Plant With Purpose’s international family as we pray together on this first Friday of the month.


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • The healthy new baby born to the Hypolite family.

We pray for:

  • The acceptance of recently submitted proposals to Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and Ecco.
  • Safe travel for the upcoming Vision Trip taking place May 3-14 with the Plant With Purpose USA team.
  • Stability in Burundi as the country heads into election season this fall. Current political turmoil has brought changes in the government. Pray that transitions will be peaceful and that Burundi will continue to thrive.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The positive results from the savings-and-loan groups in the community Yamasa.

We pray for:

  • Acceptance and openness as we pursue working in new communities.
  • Our promoters who provide oversight and leadership for savings-and-loan groups. Pray that they will be successful in with their responsibilities each week and that the groups will benefit.
  • Partnering farmers as they establish new plots. Pray for the growth of these crops.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • A successful spiritual retreat for the Grande Colline regional staff.

We pray for:

  • Safe travel for the upcoming Vision Trip taking place May 5-10 with the Plant With Purpose USA team.
  • A consistent, recurring rainy season to provide necessary water for crop growth.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • The positive outcomes from planting vegetable gardens in the communities of Coatecas Altas and Chepeginio.
  • The increase in plant production in the nursery of San Andres Nuxino.
  • Watching over and taking care of our field and office staff. Praise God for keeping our families healthy as well.

We pray for:

  • The construction of chicken-modules over the next couple of months. Pray that these chickens will grow to be healthy and productive and that they will benefit partnering families.
  • Church leaders as they participate in holistic ministry and outreach to their communities.
  • The precious children that participate in the clubs that Plant With Purpose Mexico partners with.
  • The expansion work that is taking place in the state of Chiapas and includes planting family gardens, constructing greenhouses, and building water cisterns.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • Continued growth in all programs. This past quarter we added 15 new Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) and grew the facilitator team to 31 people. There are now 204 VSLA groups in the regions of Marangu (East Kilimanjaro), Siha (West Kilimanjaro), and Malindi (Pare Mountains).
  • 20 new groups began participating in our Farmer Field Schools which continue to go well and provide a great learning environment.

We pray for:

  • Continued interest in organic agriculture and produce in the areas where we work.
  • Continued growth and success during this final quarter of our fiscal year. Pray that we will be able to meet all of our goals.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • The successful training on migration and human trafficking in Chiang Rai for seven partnering communities.
  • A meaningful collaborative meeting with Compassion Thailand, Karen Youth Network, Karen Baptist Convention-PMA from Myanmar, and Plant With Purpose Thailand on the holistic ministry movement in Thailand and Myanmar.

We pray for:

  • Preparation for the rainy season as farmers and staff focus their efforts on agroforestry plots, soil conservation efforts, and establishing tree nurseries.
  • Mr. Eakachai and his wife’s move to Chiang Mai. Pray for the process of looking for a new staff member to join our livestock department.
  • Plant With Purpose’s role in promoting Creation Care with other Christian organizations, networks, and denominations in Thailand.
  • The political situation in Thailand as there has been turmoil. Pray for safety and a resolution.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • Interactions with new and old friends at the many events that Plant With Purpose participated in during the month of April.
  • Our spring interns. Their work has been invaluable for our organization. Pray for their transitions into this next season.
  • The supporters who gave to our spring campaign: From Poverty to Plenty. Families in Tanzania will be planting gardens because of these donations.
  • Time together as a staff especially during our Friday morning devotions.

We pray for:

  • The many trips that U.S. staff members are taking this month:

– Program officer Christi Huizenga’s trips to Tanzania and Burundi.
– Program officer Milmer Martinez’s trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
– Executive director Scott Sabin and regional rep Corbyn Small’s vision trip to Haiti.
– Development director Doug Satre’s vision trip to Burundi.
– Technical director Bob Morikawa’s trip to San Diego.

  • The transition for our new grant writer who is starting this month! Praise the Lord for providing a wonderful candidate.
  • The summer interns who will start this month. Pray that they find their time with us valuable.
  • Our director of field operations John Mitchell’s family, who is finalizing their Visa process so that they can join him in San Diego.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We are deeply grateful for your partnership.

 


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