Dear Prayer Partners,
Join me in praying through my trip in this month of June! I fly out Friday, June 3 and fly from Manila to Chiang Rai on Friday, June 10. Scott and I fly back on Saturday, June 18.
|Enjoying delicious Korean food in the Philippines with Kuya Wency de la Viña (Regional Navigator Director, D4D Country Leader) and his wife Cel in the foreground, Merri Lee and Gary Hipp (our D4D coaches from Rwanda, and leaders of this Philippines trip) on the right followed by Scott Purser (my fellow D4D International Mentor to Thailand) across from Bryan Gibbs (Navigator World Missions leader)on the left, Ronald Wazune (Uganda D4D International Mentor) and me next to Wency.
I would love to have your prayer support over the next two weeks as I travel to the Philippines and Thailand. In the Philippines I will be joining our Navigator Discipling For Development team for two days as a part of their trip focused in the town of San Pablo. They have an independent group of churches who decided to join them. I’ve got experience in Rwanda with rolling out D4D in a church as a community setting. We will have a big coaching group, including, Gary and Merri Lee Hipp, who coached us in Rwanda, and Ronald Mazune who began his coaching with us from Uganda will be there as well as my fellow Thailand Navigator coach Scott Purser. We have one day for preparation and two days for a vision-casting seminar on how to disciple our local churches holistically.
Scott and I have a week in Thailand. We arrive late Friday night and have some time on Saturday to rest. Sunday I’ll give the message in Chalee’s church. Monday morning Scott will share a devotional message with the all The Way Foundation staff. Then we will meet with the smaller D4D team to get an update on where they are at, and what their main questions are. Tuesday is with the D4D team leaders and those who work with them in the communities.
Wednesday and Thursday we have the larger D4D and Way Foundation team together. My ambitious aim for these two days is to give them an overview of the Mobilization Phase by experientially leading them through the process we take our communities through. This process normally takes a year or more, but I want to do this over a day and a half. I plan to finish with a few hours on Thursday focused on working through the Problem Solving Process on one specific topic they have already been working through (financial stewardship). Friday will be focused on the D4D leaders again, making sure we have a good plan for the next four months.
Pray for excellent translation in English and Thai. Pray for Scott and I to do well on our feet, thinking clearly and communicating clearly! Pray for quick time-zone adjustment. Pray for sensitivity to Holy Spirit all along the way! Pray the Philippines group could catch a vision for Discipling their churches and surrounding communities, and that they would finish with some clear next steps.
|Prayer Requests for June 6 – 9, Monday – Thursday:
Our team will visit the town of San Pablo, about an hour west of Los Baños. Over the past few years, a new church-based Discipling for Development Navigator ministry has started in San Pablo. We will facilitate a training with the leaders in the basics of biblical, holistic ministry. They are now looking to form a team specifically to reach out to their communities.”The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.” Proverbs 20:12
Pray for discernment and wisdom as we meet with this new team. What do they know? What do they need? What do they hope to accomplish? How can we best serve them?
Prayer Requests for June 12 – 18, Monday – Friday
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Pray for strength, wisdom, and the Holy Spirit to give us the direction for the week.
Thank you for praying for me!