“Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” – Colossians 4:3-4
*Pray for a good ability to learn Wolof and build relationships *Praise God for His continued provision. *Pray for good health as we face different illnesses: Josh's migraine headaches and other general flus etc.
*Pray for our friend M who needs to have his toe amputated. *Pray he would turn to Jesus and for healing in Jesus name. * Pray for our friend D as she continues to seek Jesus and contemplate converting to Christianity in a culture where she will be persecuted. *Pray for open doors to share the gospel with those around us. * How can WE pray for YOU?
Please pray for wisdom that I could help the foreigners get a good grasp of the language and eventually connect them to a Japanese who can assist him long-term. Pray for continued favor with city officials and opportunities to share the hope we have.
Please pray for Donald's heart as he leaves his current friends and establishes new friendships. Pray for him to be able to listen and understand, and communicate to friends.
Please pray for Elliot's transition back home, and for continued friendships for him.
Thank you for partnering with us to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the Japanese who have yet to hear the Name who Saves.
As we enter into our last months of home assignment, we're beginning to make tentative plans for our return to Senegal. Right now, our target departure date is the end of June.
While none of us know what travel changes the pandemic might bring this summer, we are trusting that God will make a way for us to return as planned.
In the meantime, we are still busy. We've resumed our speaking engagements at churches (after a break over the holidays), Elizabeth has begun work on organizing the next container that will be sent to Senegal in the spring, we continue to home school Simon and Jude, and we're trying to take in as many visits with family and friends as we can.
While another five months state-side is a good amount of time, we've begun to turn our attention and hearts toward leaving. This is a mixed bags of emotions for each of us.
First let me first say the easy answer, we feel God is saying it’s the right place. That’s the easy answer because we could say that and you might just say okay. But really we have prayed for sometime about the right location for Envision France and Toulouse became the clear answer. The Spirit has been leading.
Collaboration has been a word that has been resonating with us a lot over these last few years. Working side by side with others, to see a bigger goal accomplished than we could accomplish on our own, has been our work and our goal here in France. So as we contemplated a move, collaboration was at the top of the list. In Toulouse there are many opportunities to collaborate. One collaboration is with Toulouse International Church, who has a vision to develop leaders and see them sent out. This aligns with the heart of Envision. Collaboration. There are other AM workers there who can collaborate to reach a different population of people on the move. There are a number of French Alliance churches which provide opportunities for collaboration.
We Envision working together to see missional leaders innovate and develop the local church and see people brought into the Kingdom! The Toulouse area is the fourth largest population center in France. Home to Airbus it is a very international city that brings people from all over the world together. As we have seen people on the move are often most ready to hear the truth of Christ. We look forward to how God will use Envision France, interns and teams to reach the people of Toulouse and plug them into communities of faith.
Practically speaking, there are some benefits also. First, Toulouse is less expensive than Paris, which helps keep the cost for teams and interns reasonable. This also opens possibilities for space rental if need be and more centralized housing opportunities. Secondly, the smaller city means transportation is managed easier. Transportation from city center to the airport is much quicker and more affordable. While a smaller city the airport still serves the world with many connecting flights, so flights for those coming are still similarly priced. People in Toulouse tell us the weather is better also. (that wasn’t a consideration but we aren’t complaining.)
Mally and Valary McLoughlin
Serving in Paris, France
Praise the Lord for the seeds planted in hearts over the holidays as we were able to share our faith with some friends who don’t know the Lord yet.
Continue to pray for my tutor, Mally’s former landlady and the kids’ mom (and the kids!) to come to know the Lord.
Pray for wisdom for our government to know whether further lockdowns due to COVID-19 are necessary.
Pray that Mally and I will continue to hunger and thirst after God and our relationships with Him and with each other will grow deeper and stronger.
Thank you for your continued prayers. A few updates for prayer (also see photos and videos):
1) MIGRANTS. The situation continues; migrants are trapped in this country, often in poor living conditions. Yesterday (Sat Feb 20) I visited a camp near Sarajevo at the invitation of one of our partners; we met with the camp manager (who is second in charge of the international organization leading migrant work in country), as well as a local construction contractor regarding near-term projects. PRAY for insight and wisdom regarding if and how to be involved.
2) CHURCHES. Local churches continue to be impacted by covid. Our church on Sundays is meeting strictly online. Another church had several people test positive a couple weeks ago. PRAY for strength, wisdom, rest, and courage to meet and share good news of the kingdom.
3) TEACHING. Due to student loan issues, our intern couple needs to return to the US early. Lia and I started to pick-up some of their English teaching this week. PRAY that this would go well, and that we would make connections.
4) CONNECTIONS. Speaking of connections: the longer we are in the country, the more people we are meeting: drinking coffee (here you often do not say "meet with someone" but "drink coffee together"), attending meetings, etc. PRAY that the connections would grow in depth and breadth. Lia has started Bible studies, in the local language, with some of her language helpers (believers) as discipleship.
5) TRAVEL. In April we hope to travel (in-country or neighboring country) for Field Forum, a gathering for our teammates from near-by countries. In May we hope to travel to the US for a two week visit, celebrating Karis' graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran College, and visiting our parents, families, and friends. Pray that the travel will be possible.
Sam & Jennifer Stemple
Black Forest Academy-Germany
Please pray for our school, Black Forest Academy, as we continue to adjust to regulations and guidelines we must adhere to in Germany to be able to remain open and functioning.
Pray that we would have no cases of Covid in our school this year, which would cause a 14 day shut down.
Pray for our students as they adjust to a new "normal" this school year.
Pray specifically in early October for our Spiritual Emphasis Week as we challenge our students towards a deeper walk with Christ.
Please pray for the families of our dorm students who are living and serving in many places that are closed to travel or struggling with this world pandemic. Some of those families left those countries when the pandemic started and have not been able to get back into their countries. Some have not been able to get out of their countries or don't have the freedom of travel to see their children or other ministry options.
Please pray for our family. Matthew is in his Senior year and needing to make decisions about what he will do next year. Our kids are involved in sports (which are able to run) and both Jen and Sam are leading a small group of Juniors so as we kick off the school year we enter a very busy season both personally and ministry wise.
Pray for our adult children (Jordan and Larisa, and Ellie). It has been a long time since we have seen them and, due to Covid, we are unsure when we will be able to connect personally. This separation is one of the difficult things about living cross culturally.
Pray for wisdom and perseverance for our kids as they walk through life. Thanks for Praying ... Continue to Pray!!
Travis & Becca Novy Guinea, West Africa Amelia 13, Lydia 11, Bennett 9, & Tanner 7
French Language School Albertsville, France
● Becca & Travis are working with a
language tutor. Pray the French
language would “cement” in!
● Pray for their continued good
health and for the kids in their
second week of school.
S & W
We are so grateful for our time in the WGL this past Fall. Thank you for all of the great connections.
We are also grateful for the connections we are making in Arizona churches this winter and spring. Between the Arizona churches, a church in NM and a couple out East, we have about 11 weekends/conferences planned out! Please p- for a humble-servants attitude as we seek to connect with so many people in the coming weeks.
Thank you for p-ing for the maternity home meetings last month. We are putting the needed changes and plans in place to help serve more women fruitfully in the coming years. Please p- as the team on the ground starts looking for property for a permanent home.
T & H
Daughter, Senior in High School
● Pray for open doors and favor for:
○ needed permits and office space for a new business venture
○ friends they are mentoring
● Their daughter is preparing for college in the fall. Pray for wisdom.
● Pray for continued good health as many church members are affected by Covid-19.
J & J
We were able to share the Truth with a couple who came to our Married Couple’s Date night. They came to our weekly gathering the next night as well.
Pray for the couple mentioned in our Praise to continue coming to gatherings and that God would draw them to Himself.
We arrive in Wisconsin in early March for the start of our home assignment. Please pray for us as we adjust to the many changes that we will find in the US (we are in a country that does not have us wear masks).
Please pray that our time with family and friends is sweet and fulfilling
Please pray that God speaks through us as we share with the many people in the WGLD. He is hard at work throughout the world and Wisconsin and He wants us all to join Him in that work.
M & L-Home Assignment, Crown College, MN
● What they are thankful for:
○ School is going well: In-person for S and school-from-home for A
○ A's new friend from their church youth group
○ L's niece, B, was born early and was able to avoid the NICU
● S continues to struggle with sleeping at night and concentration during the day. Pray for answers with his upcoming appointment with a neurologist,
● Pray for M’s tutoring of Somali immigrants & for L starting Outpatient Clinics.
Church Plants in WI
Please pray for the pastors called to multiply our churches here in our own state.
Pray that the correct man would be found for a new church launching.
Pray for a church that is just beginning to dream of what God is wanting to plant from them.
S & K
Thank you, WGLD family, for your ongoing prayers. Because of COVID, we are definitely experiencing a season of ministry that is very different than we would have expected. Here are some current ways you can be praying for us and for the work in Berlin 1. Ongoing language learning. We all still have a long ways to go with German learning. The kids in particular are hitting up against academic challenges because of this. Please pray for wisdom in how to proceed with the kids education. 2. Ministry opportunities. Relational interactions are limited because of ongoing lockdowns in our city. Please pray for God to provide opportunities to connect with people and that He would make their hearts hungry for Him. Pray that Jesus would be the attraction, not anything from us. 3. Mental health. Please pray for encouragement for us. We have been under significant lockdown measures for a long time and it weighs on us. Also, winter in Berlin is long and dark and makes everyone here feel tired and depressed. BUT spring is coming!! That is our hope spiritually as well that times may be dark now, but joy is coming! We appreciate that we are in this together with you and are not alone! Even in tough times we remind ourselves of that:-)
R & M
● The last two years in their creative access country were stressful with high levels of security risks. Pray for complete restoration of their minds and hearts.
● Pray for good friendships and peace for P. during her transition to in-person school.
● Pray for open borders in France and for God’s provision of a home in B.
They will also need a car, household items, and wisdom in choosing a school.
C & S
We’ll be having a team retreat on March 5-10 to have times of worship together and also times to discuss our vision and plans for the future. Pray that God would give wisdom and direction. Pray that we would all find rest and renewal.
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