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Pray With Purpose This May


Written by Plant With Purpose on May 5, 2016 in Prayer Letter

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Jesus shares in Matthew 18, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

The program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is seeing tremendous success less than one-year into existence. Prayer has without a doubt paved the way for openness of the communities, and quick adoption of savings-and-loan groups and new farming methods.

Last month we learned that a group gathers weekly in the home Birori and Beatrice, our project manager in the DRC, to pray for Plant With Purpose. Their petitions are being heard and are a reminder to all of us how important it is to cover this ministry in prayer (read Executive Director Scott Sabin’s reflection here).

On the first Friday of the month we lift up praises and prayer requests from across Plant With Purpose’s programs. Will you join us?

*Pictured above are U.S. staff, DRC staff, and communities members living in the Kakumba watershed on their multi-day hike to the Kirwa forest.


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • His protection of our staff during their visits to the field and especially while collecting reporting data from the provinces where we are working.
  • The successful collection of GPS data for each of our 261 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs).

We pray for:

  • Increased security in Burundi so that we may live in peace and the Burundians who fled the country can return.
  • Jared White, Plant With Purpose’s Africa program officer, as he plans to visit Burundi. Pray for a successful trip as we meet to discus a baseline survey in three new watersheds.
  • The process of getting a bank account in Uvira, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Pray that it goes well and is a solution to wiring funds for activities in Burundi.
  • The visit of World Food Programme representatives to the Nyakazu watershed to evaluate the food for asset project and the framework of our partnerships. Pray that it goes well and that steps for continuing our partnership are developed.
  • The Lord to give us good rain for the growth of our plants especially vegetable crops and trees.

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We praise God for

  • The safe trip made in the Kirwa forest with the staff from San Diego, including Executive Director Scott Sabin. It was not an easy hike down the mountain in heavy rain but God protected us and all returned home safely.
  • The week together with staff from San Diego in the Kakumba watershed. What a blessed time together.
  • The outreach event that included preaching from Scott, which touched the hearts of many believers.
  • The good security situation in the Kakumba watershed.

We pray for:

  • The conversations taking place in our country. Please pray that the parties involved may understand each other.
  • The success and impact of all pilot project activities in the Kakumba watershed.
  • The group in DRC who regularly meet to pray for the international work of Plant With Purpose.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The production of high-performing cocoa seedlings that have proven beneficial and are now being grown in tree nurseries across the program.

We pray for:

  • More rain across the country and that the drought will end soon.
  • The healing of Felicita (Estela) Rodriguez, our director of economic development, from cancer. Pray for her recovery and for the treatments she is receiving.
  • The workshop on Mutual Aid Associations in the Ozama region, which will help promote unity amongst communities.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • Positive reports from new group members in Meyen whose livestock’s health is improving because of the care received through the veterinarian program of Plant With Purpose Haiti.
  • The way new communities are easily understanding the philosophy of Plant With Purpose. They are even teaching other communities and making disciples.

We pray for:

  • The two new partnering communities to smoothly integrate into the program.
  • The communities of Mouskadi and Grann Ravin that are working with much determination to start VSLAs.
  • The health of our agriculture trainer, Gesner Damier, as he recovers from a lung infection.
  • Mrs. Rosseline Esthin Charles, secretary of the Gobè community group, who is suffering with uterus cancer. Please pray that the scheduled surgery is successful and she can once again join the group.
  • Mrs. Paulette, our cook in Fonds-Verrettes, who is undergoing surgery on her leg this week. The operation will take place in the Dominican Republic.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • The provision of a new office with more space for the staff.
  • The development and completion of four Farmer Field Schools. Please pray that participants remain motivated and integrate what they have learned on their own farms.
  • The church in Coatecas Altas that participated in a Stewardship of Creation workshop and are gradually embracing the vision.
  • The new savings-and-loan groups that are forming in communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas.
  • The visit last month of the SG Foundation to the program in Chiapas.
  • The early rains that have come to Oaxaca.

We pray for:

  • The workshop on Stewardship of Creation, which will be held the first week of May with churches in Chiapas. Pray that there are no obstacles and that it can be carried out as planned.
  • The construction of soil conservation barriers in the community of Coatecas Altas. Pray that these efforts improve soil conditions and crop production.
  • The process of moving offices and that all formalities are successfully completed.
  • The upcoming elections in Oaxaca that will determine the governor, legislators, and mayors.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • Enabling us to successfully conduct quarterly report data collection and program evaluation. These reports allow us to share our successes and challenges.
  • Providing Plant With Purpose Tanzania with a strong team of staff who make is possible to achieve set targets on time.
  • Ongoing rainfall, which makes it possible to continue planting trees and take care of his creation.

We pray for:

  • The preparation of training, orientation, and mentoring of new staff.
  • God to give Plant With Purpose Tanzania staff and program participants energy and enthusiasm as we implement various program activities.
  • Spiritual renewal among Plant With Purpose Tanzania staff and program participants.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • Twenty years of serving the people of Thailand thought Plant With Purpose’s in-country partner, UHDP. Please pray for the preparation for our 20-anniversary celebration.

We pray for:

  • The political condition of Thailand.
  • The health of Plant With Purpose Thailand staff and their safety as they conduct visits to remote communities.
  • The reception of the program in new areas where Plant With Purpose is beginning to work. Please pray for the upcoming survey of the Mea Na Wang watershed.
  • Rains to come to Thailand. The country is experiencing a drought, which is affecting farmers and their preparation and planting.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • A successful board retreat with board members traveling from across the U.S. to San Diego for a time of reflecting, worshipping, strategizing, and casting vision for Plant With Purpose.
  • The many outreach opportunities and conversations that took place during Earth Month.
  • The series of workshops discussing Plant With Purpose’s core values of faith, collaboration, stewardship, sustainability, empowerment, and innovation. Please pray that these values will be integrated throughout our office culture and the entire organization.
  • A successful trip for U.S. staff members to visit the pilot program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was unlike any trip experienced before. Read Executive Director Scott Sabin’s reflections here.

We pray for:

  • The upcoming Vision Trip to Tanzania. Please pray for a special time together and that program participants will be encouraged by this visit.
  • 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.
  • 2016 to be a year of impacting even more families as lives and land are transformed through the Plant With Purpose/Floresta 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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