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Pray With Purpose This October


Written by Plant With Purpose on October 3, 2013 in Prayer Letter

Dear friends,

Please join our international family on the first Friday of the month to pray for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of partnering farming families, Plant With Purpose staff, supporters, and international programs.


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • The new contract that we just received with USAID. We pray that everything will go well and that this contract will lead to stronger future partnerships.
  • Our new Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) staff and the growth of this program. VSLA groups have been growing rapidly over the past few months as communities experience the value of the program.
  • The launch of the Nyakazu watershed program and the cassava processing company this month.

We pray for:

  • The planning for an upcoming vision trip. Burundi will be hosting a group of visitors from the United States in May. Our staff and communities are eager to show what has been accomplished over the past few years.
  • The recruitment of farmer associations to join new farmer field schools within the Nyakazu watershed area.
  • A successful launch as the cassava processing company is officially open. Pray that the markets will be receptive to the new products. Also pray for wisdom for the staff and community partners as they work through the initial stages of business development to create something strong and productive.
  • Plant With Purpose Burundi’s country director, Lazare Sebitereko, who will be spending the next two months conducting research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
  • Staff member Bertrand as he moves to Jerusalem to complete his MA studies in community development. Pray for his safety and for his family who will be staying in Burundi.
  • God’s grace to meet staffing needs and continue to develop partnerships.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The success of the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) program. Communities are increasingly supportive of the program as they experience the benefits of saving over time.
  • The new nursery built in El Duey in Villa Altagracia. We pray for the success of this nursery that will supply the plants needed to conserve the protected area of Humeadora, an ecologically important area near Plant With Purpose communities.

We pray for:

  • The Church, Community, and Change adult literacy projects. Pray that individuals will continue to be enthusiastic participants in these learning groups.
  • Enthusiasm among farmers to increase the production of seedlings in community nurseries.
  • The upcoming business development workshops. Pray that they will be good catalysts for the formation of new, successful businesses within Plant With Purpose communities.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • A smooth first quarter for the fiscal year.
  • Safe travels of Program Officer Milmer Martinez and Financial Director Kristen Tucker.

We pray for:

  • Wisdom and discernment in the process of hiring two new agronomists who will work with communities in the regions of Acul du Nord and Grande Colline.
  • The communities involved in VSLA activities as they work together towards greater economic stability.
  • The protection of Haiti during the upcoming hurricane season.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • His care and mercy that is protecting us in the midst of this hurricane season.
  • The success of the third annual promoters meeting. There was good participation and exchange of experiences for these volunteers who are leading Plant With Purpose’s programs.
  • The church leaders who are promoting the construction of recycling containers. Many of these pastors are becoming aware of the importance of being good stewards of God’s creation and see this as a way to get involved.
  • The savings group from the community of La Reforma who after attending a workshop on Creation Care started a tree nursery.
  • Rain in the Ejutla region. The crops were in urgent need of rain.

We pray for:

  • The watershed restoration work that is continuing in the community of La Union.
  • The people who have been affected by the floods and hurricanes that hit Mexico this season.
  • Wisdom for government authorities and the teachers union as they continue to negotiate education reform. We pray that classes will begin soon.
  • The upcoming children’s festivals and clubs. We ask God to bless and strengthen the work being done to raise-up the next generation to live according to the values of God’s Kingdom.
  • The program activities that are taking place as Plant With Purpose Mexico expands into the State of Chiapas.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • Continued program growth and positive relationships within the communities where we work. Every year each group learns a little more allowing for their dreams and goals to grow as a result.
  • The successful week of training for our facilitators. This group works with partnering communities on a daily basis. We spent the week reviewing the previous year, discussing lessons learned, and helping to train and orient the new members.

We pray for:

  • The 30 facilitators who are the link between our staff and partnering community groups. These facilitators work tirelessly to help provide groups with the necessary resources and training. They regularly go above and beyond what is expected of them.
  • The 11 facilitators who were hired because of the rapid growth in new community groups. We pray for the success of these groups and for the new facilitators as they learn the job.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • Improvements in the situation in Pang Dang Nok, as leaders have been able to resolve issues within the community and elect new leaders.
  • Other organizations working with hill tribe communities in Northern Thailand. Often these groups are marginalized and need support and appropriate assistance.

We pray for:

  • The steps being taken to prepare Plant With Purpose Thailand for the future, including the selection of a new board member and registering Plant With Purpose Thailand as a foundation.
  • The upcoming meetings with partnering communities. These meetings will focus on reviewing activities, projects, and programs. A needs assessment will also be conducted in each village to prepare for the 2015-2017 strategic plan.
  • The selection of new communities to partner with. A number of communities have been surveyed and introduced to Plant With Purpose’s work. The next step is to invite these communities to participate.
  • The trainings taking place throughout Thailand that Plant With Purpose is involved in, including follow-up to an ECHO conference, agricultural training for two groups of U.S. students, and a Christian youth camp.
  • The women’s groups in Chiang Dao who will be collecting information on medicinal plants this fall. The hope is that this project will allow people to better understand the medicines found within their areas. This is particularly helpful since many of these groups have very limited access to public healthcare services.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • Our new Outreach Coordinator, Annelise Battles. Pray for her assimilation as a full time member of the Plant With Purpose team.
  • The opportunity for Scott to share about “Creation Care Being Human Care” at Idea Camp in Austin, TX.

We pray for:

  • The hiring process of a Director of Field Operations to join the team in San Diego.
  • The 2013 Planting Hope Gala taking place on October 12. Pray for strong attendance, generous hearts, and that all the details will come together.
  • The final days of Program Officer Milmer Martinez and Financial Director Kristen Tucker’s trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Milmer will also be traveling to Mexico later this month.
  • Scott Sabin as he speaks at Point Loma Nazarene University during its Creation Care week.
  • A fruitful Vision Trip as staff members Doug Satre and Kenzie Klinger will take a group of supporters to visit the program in Mexico.
  • Technical Director, Bob Morikawa, as he presents at ECHO’s Caribbean conference.

One Comment

  1. Will do!

    Audrie Peveler Hill
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