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Pray With Purpose This August


Written by Plant With Purpose on August 4, 2016 in General, Prayer Letter

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Pastor Roland Jules in Fonds-Verrettes, Haiti recently shared his favorite verse:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
-John 14:1-3

The promise of heaven often makes any difficult situation or circumstance bearable. As families engage with Plant With Purpose, they begin to share seedlings, rabbits, finances, and knowledge gained from the program. Would you join us in praying that they would also share their hope in the saving grace of Jesus and that heaven is near?

On the first Friday of the month, Plant With Purpose’s international family pauses to lift up praises and prayer requests from around the world. Join us!


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • Guiding us in many meetings, which lead to the establishment of new governing bodies for Plant With Purpose Burundi. We now have a new general assembly, a new board, and a new chairperson.
  • His protection during the 2016 fiscal year. It was a year of many troubles and tragedies in the country but our work was not interrupted and our lives protected! We thank God for the support of our partners who have not forgotten us but have kept us in your prayers.
  • Two safe visits from Program Officer Jared in June and July after 1.5 year without a visit from Plant With Purpose due to unrest in the country.

We pray for:

  • More peace and security in Burundi as our economy continues to suffer and the value of our local currency is falling.
  • Healing for Sebastian, our driver, who is hospitalized.
  • Protection of the trees planted in our four program watersheds during July-September, the dry season when we often face bushfires that damage hills.
  • The staff as they receive their contracts. Please pray that staff will feel that their jobs are secure.

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We praise God for

  • The ability to submit our quarterly reports and annual reports on time.
  • The health of our staff.
  • The peace and security in our region specifically in our project area of the Kakumba watershed.
  • All the accomplished activities that were realized during the first year of the program.
  • The community members of Kakumba who have the will and desire to form new Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA).

We pray for:

  • The start of the second year of the pilot project. Please pray that the program will transform more lives.
  • The completion of projected program activities for this quarter.
  • Peace in our country as November elections approach. Please pray for the preparation including population registration.
  • A trip to the Kirwa forest in the mountains with local government officials to observe and discus how the environment can be protected and restored.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • Taylor Pizzuto, Plant With Purpose’s first international fellow, who is finding his place as part of our team in the Dominican Republic.

We pray for:

  • God to give us wisdom as we lead the process of graduating communities.
  • The formation of partnerships with new communities and the formation of new groups during this new operating year.
  • The protection of the Vision Trip group coming to visit the program the week of August 8-12.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • The Plant With Purpose group who visited the Fonds-Verrettes region. This visit was a blessing for the staff and the farmers. Praise the Lord that they returned home safely.

We pray for:

  • God’s special blessing during this new fiscal year.
  • Significant rain in all the areas where Plant With Purpose currently works and throughout the country.
  • Darline Timolien, a member of the Deye Mon community group, passed away during childbirth. The baby survived. Please pray for God to continue to protect the newborn and the rest of the family.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • The addition of more families in reforestation activities in the communities of Monte Frio, Capijul, La Herradura, Tierra Colorada, and Nuxiño as a result of the “Manos a la Tierra” (Hands to the Earth) and “Stewardship of Creation” workshops.
  • The new savings group with members from Horeb Church in Monte Flor who are restoring the land through reforestation activities.
  • The rains that continue to fall in Oaxaca. The rains are also a blessing for rural families in Chiapas. Cisterns are full, and are benefitting many livestock.
  • The collaboration of students from the University Benito Juarez of Oaxaca, who as part of their research project, supported reforestation activities in the community Coatecas Altas.
  • His grace for our team in Chiapas as they reach out to new communities. Introductions to savings-and-loan groups have been positive.
  • Partnering families in Chiapas who are participating in Farmer Field Schools.
  • The safe arrival of Tyler Overton to Oaxaca and the start of his research project.
  • Our safety while we perform our work despite the social conflicts taking place in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

We pray for:

  • A solution to the political conflict regarding education reform. Please pray that the students will not be affected by it. Also pray that the roads will not be blocked so that we can continue reaching communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas without setbacks.
  • The health and nutrition workshop that will take place in the community of Majosik in Chiapas. The information provided is important and necessary for partnering families.
  • Our promoters as they participate in professional development workshops. Pray that these workshops will equip them with knowledge and provide job skills that will benefit partnering communities.
  • Our work in Oaxaca and Chiapas. Please pray that the Lord will bless all partnering families.
  • Families impacted by Tropical Storm Earl.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • The successful completion of quarterly and annual reports.
  • The successful setting of quarterly as well as annual performance targets.
  • The good health of all staff and the Lord’s protection of our team.
  • The successful completion of monitoring and evaluation exercises.

We pray for:

  • The health of all staff members so they can effectively and efficiently implement the program for the betterment of partnering communities.
  • Strengthened and increased aspirations in regards to Plant With Purpose’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Program activities planned for this quarter.
  • Increased peace, security, and political stability for Tanzania. Pray as well for our country’s new leadership.
  • Program participants, that there would be increased understanding and greater participation in learning and adopting technologies from completed trainings.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • A meaningful prayer night with the local network of Christian held at the UHDP Center on July 8. There were 120 Christian leaders and youth who came together to pray. It was also a time to encourage young people to carry on the good work of churches doing holistic ministry.
  • The new villages in the Mae Fang watershed that would like to understand more about our work and the possibility for a pilot project on backyard agriculture activities and sanitation.

We pray for:

  • The upcoming meeting with national parks officials to determine an agreement on the boundary of the national park and local communities in the Chiang Rai region.
  • Environment Network activities with target communities and local government sectors in Huay Lu, Chiang Rai. Focus areas include planting trees, wildlife preservation, and presenting good practices of local communities on natural resource and environmental management.
  • A workshop with local churches in Chiang Rai regarding savings groups and the economic projects of women’s groups. Please pray that this workshop will mobilize local churches with these activities.
  • The preparation to work in new target villages and areas. Please pray as we look for possibilities to partner with church denominations in northern Thailand.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • A successful first month for Taylor Pizzuto, our international fellow in the Dominican Republic, as he learned about the program and adjusted to life in a new country. Please continue to pray for him as he serves the team in the Dominican Republic.
  • Mission Lutheran’s Vision Trip to the Dominican Republic. During their time, they visited Estela, Director of Economic Empowerment, who is battling cancer. Her spirits were high but please continue to keep praying for complete healing.
  • The intern alumni and volunteer Vision Trip to Haiti. The visit encouraged partnering farmers and inspired these supporters from the U.S. to become further advocates for Plant With Purpose.
  • Our interns who have used their gifts and talents this summer to support the team in San Diego. We are grateful for them.

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 Vision Trip to the Dominican Republic. Please pray for special times together and that program participants will be encouraged by these visits.
  • Tyler Overton’s time in Mexico as he conducts a research project on the integration of the program components.
  • The right interns to join us this fall 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.
  • God’s provision as Plant With Purpose seeks out new funding opportunities. Please pray for favor and generous hearts as individuals, foundations, and churches learn about Plant With Purpose’s life-changing program.
  • Planning Year 2017 to be a year of impacting even more families as lives and land are transformed through the Plant With Purpose family of organizations. We praise God for the opportunity to daily do His work.

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


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