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Pray With Purpose This June


Written by Plant With Purpose on June 5, 2014 in Prayer Letter

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June is a month when those of us in the U.S. start venturing outside, connecting with Creation while camping, vacationing, hiking, sunbathing, and gardening. This embrace of the natural environment reminds us of God’s glory and His creativity. It also reminds us of Wendell Berry’s words, “The earth is what we all have in common.” 

During June, join us in praying for our brothers and sisters who cultivate Creation for their daily sustenance. On the first Friday of the month, we lift up these praises and prayers with Plant With Purpose’s international family.


Burundi

 

We praise God for:

  • Two proposed projects have been funded. Please pray for upcoming conversations with partnering research institutions, and for wisdom in how to best utilize these partnerships to continue helping farming families grow more food and conserve their environment.

We pray for:

  • Farming families as they enter the dry season. This is the time of year where many families live off what they were able to save during the growing periods.
  • Continued peace and stability in Burundi, especially as elections approach.
  • Conversations in regards to staffing needs.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The Dominican government’s interest in supporting a massive training in Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) methodology. We are hopeful that this partnership will allow more families to experience financial security.

We pray for:

  • Additional farmers in the community of Pedra Azul to become a part of the savings-and-loan groups.
  • Churches within the communities of Yamasato to increase their involvement and launch new Bible study groups.
  • Families to be receptive to the formation of savings-and-loan groups within the new community of Los Algarrobos de Villa Altagracia.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • The positive changes and economic opportunity that VSLAs have brought to the communities of Cornillon. The office continues to receive requests for new VSLA groups.
  • The participation of Plant With Purpose in a large tree planting campaign where 12,000 trees were planted by partnering communities and local authorities.
  • The safe visit of friends during the Vision Trip that took place in May as well as U.S. staff John Mitchell and Milmer Martinez’s visit.

We pray for:

  • Sufficient rain during the spring so that farmers’ bean crops, which are sensitive to water, grow successfully.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • The rains in the Mixteca regions and the blessings that come with these showers for our partnering farmers during planting season.
  • The progress in cisterns, orchards, and garden projects in Chiapas communities.
  • The approval of a vegetable production project in Coatecas Altas, which will be managed by the Mexican government’s Secretary of Social Development.
  • His continued blessing on the work of Plant With Purpose Mexico.
  • Every donor who gives to make our work possible.

We pray for:

  • Our team of promoters as they work with communities. Pray that their work will be successful, and pray for their health and strength as they continue to serve families in need.
  • God’s blessing on the community leadership that oversees mutual resources. Pray that tree-planting efforts will be furthered during the rainy season and that there will be good participation.
  • The work being accomplished through holistic ministry trainings. Pray that there would be greater awareness of creation care in churches and communities.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • Farmers’ readiness to implement Plant With Purpose programs.
  • The good weather that has been favorable for both agricultural and environmental activities.
  • Permission for partnering farmers to use the Tanzania Certified Organic label on their produce. This is part of a group cooperative project in which farmers set up a system to monitor and verify that the participants are following organic standards. Use of the label increases market opportunities for farmers, allowing them to earn more income on their produce.

We pray for:

  • The 20 new VSLA groups that are currently going through training. Please pray for these families and communities as they learn to save together and plan for investment this year.
  • Plant With Purpose’s work with schools. Pray that this next generation of leaders will continue to understand the link between healthy environments and productive, profitable farms. Pray also that this next generation will continue to grow in their faith and understanding of a God who continuously seeks to renew and restore them and His beautiful creation.
  • Peace in the government while the Ministers of Parliament present the annual budget.
  • Good health for the U.S. team who fundraises and coordinates staff across programs.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • New staff members who are joining the Plant With Purpose team and will be responsible for the demonstration farm.
  • A successful training for community leaders and women’s groups on how to respond to the issues of injustice.
  • A successful meeting among village leaders in the Prao area on land rights, which is part of our environmental program.

We pray for:

  • Preparation of farmers and staff for the work of agroforestry, soil conservation, tree nurseries, and planting during the rainy season. The rains come later this year.
  • The orientation of new staff.
  • Preparation for the Young Leadership Development Program taking place in July and August with 10 pastors in attendance.
  • Plant With Purpose’s role in promoting the concept of Creation Care in Thailand together with other Christian organizations, networks, and denominations.
  • The political situation in Thailand.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • Hillary Richards joining our team as Plant With Purpose’s new grant writer. Continue praying for her orientation to our program, donors, foundations, and the San Diego team.
  • Our summer interns as they jump into work.
  • Safety during a busy month of May with lots of travel. All trips were fruitful and productive.
  • The three years that we had with Mark Richardson, our program and finance assistance. Pray for Mark and his family as he moves on from Plant With Purpose and steps into a full time pastoral position.

We pray for:

  • A strong finish to our fiscal year so we can meet our commitments to the field programs and partnering communities.
  • Our director of field operations John Mitchell’s family, who are finalizing their visa process so that they can join him in San Diego.
  • Scott Sabin as he speaks at Sojourners’ The Summit Conference.
  • The many meetings, appointments, trips, and vacations taking place this month. Pray for safety during travel, times of refreshment, and successful meeting outcomes.

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

 


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