Pray With Purpose This September

Written by Plant With Purpose on September 1, 2016 in General, Prayer Letter


September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which starts the Season of Creation for many Christian traditions. In an address today, Pope Francis shares,

This Day offers “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

And invites us to pray:

O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
who are so precious in your eyes…
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth” (ibid., 246),
God of mercy, may we receive your forgiveness
and convey your mercy throughout our common home.
Praise be to you!

It is also the day that we share our September prayer letter. On the first Friday of the month, we invite you to join the international Plant With Purpose family as we lift up these prayers and praises.



We praise God for:

  • The successful and timely establishment of tree nurseries in our priority watersheds.
  • Local churches are changing their attitudes and actions to protect the environment. Some churches have even established tree nurseries with the support of our team.
  • Protecting community lands against bushfires in this dry season. In one community there were two attempts to start fires but the entire community worked together and extinguished them.
  • The security situation in our country is gradually improving.
  • Our colleague Daphrose Niyuhire’s new baby.

We pray for:

  • Greater peace and security in our country. Please pray that our economy will recover quickly.
  • The successful conclusion of peace negotiations that will allow displaced people to return to their homes in Burundi.
  • The Lord to continue to protect our forests against bushfires during the dry season.
  • The growth of seedlings in our tree nurseries. Please pray that these trees will grow in good health.


Democratic Republic of the Congo

We praise God for

  • Peace and security in our region.
  • Awareness through “Theology of Work” training where five new Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups are ready to begin.
  • The fruit trees in the nursery are growing well.
  • Three consecutive evenings of prayer for our project in DRC and the Plant With Purpose family.
  • The new staff joining our team.
  • A meeting that was held with all the leaders from partnering communities in the Kakumba watershed to discuss bushfires.

We pray for:

  • Peace and inclusive dialogue in our country.
  • Transparent and peaceful elections in our country this November.
  • Plant With Purpose programs around the world.
  • All program activities planned for this quarter.
  • Spiritual revival in the Kakumba watershed.


Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The Vision Trip groups from churches in Washington and California who witnessed testimonies of transforming lives. Praise God for safe travel, mutual encouragement, and their continued support.

We pray for:

  • Upcoming training on the stewardship of creation taking place in churches in partnering communities.
  • The churches that are involved in the preservation of the environment projects.
  • The upcoming workshops regarding financial education, the Bible, as well as the marketing of agricultural products.
  • The training on agroecology and environmental protection that will be facilitated by Technical Director Bob Morikawa, Program Officer Milmer Martinez, and Jorge from Plant With Purpose Mexico.
  • Jorge and Milmer, who will also be conducting training on building ecological latrines. This training is taking place on the border with participants from both the Dominican Republic and Haiti.



We praise God for:

  • The farmers in the Grande Colline region who are thanking God for sufficient rain during summer. They expect to have good crops.

We pray for:

  • Anazias Fils-Aime, our colleague in the Cornillon region, has severe pain in his thorax. He was able to go to the Dominican Republic to see a doctor. Please pray for God to heal him.
  • The two new communities of Kay Guy and Kay Marc located in the Riviere seche watershed where Plant With Purpose has started training farmers. Please pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for farmers and staff to lead the program in these communities and that it will transform the people and the watershed.
  • Jean Louis Assouman, a leader in Beli-Vyala community, whose oldest child passed away. The entire family is in distress because of the loss. May the family gain courage and be comforted as they mourn.
  • The confused political situation in Haiti that is seriously influencing the economic condition of the country. Massive numbers of younger men and women are hopeless and are leaving the country for Brazil and Chile to search for a better life. Their situation in Brazil and Chile is still precarious. Some have died of hunger or have been attacked by wild animals in the Amazon Forest. Pray for wisdom and mercy of the politicians to give freedom to the people.



We praise God for:

  • God’s care for the staff, which transfers to partnering communities. Praise God for his divine provision and every donor who joyfully supports our work.
  • The work and visit of Tyler Overton. He is keeping his hands busy and will be returning to Oxford University this fall.
  • Participants of the Yuta and Yucuxina Farmer Field Schools. The farming plots are providing noticeable outcomes in comparison to plots in the communities.
  • The baby that will be born to our colleague Jorge and his wife Febe. God bless the entire family.

We pray for:

  • The visit of Plant With Purpose staff the second week of September. They will be collecting testimonies from program participants and producing a video. Please pray that God keeps them safe and their goal is met.
  • The visit of long-time donors and friends the Adrian family. Please pray that the Lord keeps them safe on their journey. We hope that their stay will once again be a blessing to the communities that they visit.
  • Steady rain in the Mixteca regions. There are areas where it has not rained enough for the planting season. If these crops do not receive rain, they will be lost. Pray especially for the communities of Nuxiño, Yucuxina, Buenavista, Santa Inés, and La Paz.
  • The family of Pastor Abundio Ruiz in the community of Chepeginio. Please pray for strength and encouragement as his mother is experiencing poor health and she is currently in a coma.
  • The start of the school year in Oaxaca and Chiapas. Not all schools and classes began according to the school calendar following months of protest and conflict regarding education reform.



We praise God for:

  • The good health of all our team members.
  • Accomplishing program activities for the month of August and the impact these activities are having on partnering families.
  • Consistent acceptance of Plant With Purpose by partnering communities as they learn and grow with the program.

We pray for:

  • Monitoring and evaluation exercises beginning next month. Please pray that they go smoothly and that we obtain valid and correct data that will be useful in improving our activities.
  • Data collection for our quarterly reports and report preparations.
  • Partnering communities to continue learning and applying various agroecology techniques to improve their livelihoods.
  • Good health of all staff so we may be able to continue working to heal the land and its people.
  • God’s hand in enabling the Tanzania program to accomplish planned activities this month.
  • The fundraising plans and initiatives undertaken by management and the board of directors. Please pray that these will result in support of the program.



We praise God for:

  • The meeting of communities in the Mae Kok area of Chiang Rai between the government officials from the national parks, local administration, and military went well. The national park will provide a map for each village as to where they would like to set the boundary for the national park. Please continue praying. After each village receives their map, they will compare it with the current map and information they already have to be able to negotiate with national park officials again.
  • A successful event of planting trees and wildlife preservation conversations at Huay Lu village where six target communities came together with leaders from the local government, forestry department, and military. The concepts of local managed forest, as well as land and natural resource management was presented using Huay Lu Luang Community Forest Management as an example.

We pray for:

  • The upcoming two-day training for representatives from seven villages in Mae Fang and Mae Na Wang regions where Plant With Purpose is preparing to start work. The program will include a presentation about Plant With Purpose’s work, and promote the concepts of backyard agriculture and agroforestry.
  • A possible joint program between Plant With Purpose and Ethic People Development Foundation (EPDF) who work in the Mae Fang watershed. EPDF’s emphasis is on children and youth development and other human rights related issues. We see great opportunity in promoting our environmental, economic, and spiritual development program.
  • Safety of staff as they travel to target villages during the rainy season especially while visiting communities with muddy road and landslide.



We praise God for:

  • A diverse community of supporters and donors who believe in the work of Plant With Purpose and make the program possible. We praise the Lord for his provision.
  • Our network of churches, businesses, and individuals who support Plant With Purpose especially during the gala season where so many of them give items to the auctions.

We pray for:

  • The right staff person to join our team as a regional representative in the Midwest. We praise the Lord for the funding to pursue this position and increase our national presence.
  • The regional event taking place in Houston on September 15. Please pray that there will be a positive response to the event and that many people will attend and further engage with Plant With Purpose.
  • The media trip to Mexico and that the team captures what is needed for a successful fall campaign.
  • Our fall interns as they join us to further the work and mission of Plant With Purpose.
  • Jared White (Africa program officer) and his wife Doreen as they go through the visa process to move from Uganda to San Diego.
  • The Young Adult Advisory meeting on September 20. Please pray that our local advocates will provide valuable feedback as we shape our messaging for upcoming campaigns.
  • The Planting Hope Gala on October 8. Please pray that all of the details fall into place and that there is great support and generous hearts the evening of the event.
  • Program travel especially the trip to the boarder region of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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

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