We have some exciting news to share with you about Elise Paty who has been serving in Cambodia since 2017. Beginning March 1, she will be in the U.S. on sabbatical. Elise has been in a long-distance relationship with someone – Evan – and they want to discern what their future together will look like.
Please read her update below.
Evan and I met online last May and we have been dating long distance since then. Evan is from Indonesia and has been living in the States for the past several years. He is currently living in Virginia where he works in campus ministry with international students. It was really wonderful to have him come out to Cambodia for Christmas and to meet my community here, and we also had the opportunity to visit his family in Indonesia. We are really looking forward to spending more time together in person to give us space to discern our next steps!
Evan and me at Angkor Wat
Temple in Cambodia.
It was so much fun to have Evan stay with the Swards during his
I’m extremely thankful to EFM for granting me this sabbatical. It’s a tremendous gift to feel supported not only in ministry but also in the more personal ways that God is leading me in this season. Part of my sabbatical will be time with Evan in Southern California with my family and around Granada (my home church), and part of my sabbatical will be in Virginia, visiting Evan and getting to know his community there. We are really looking forward to this time together!
We’d appreciate your prayers over this next season as we spend time together and discern our next steps. Please pray that we would continue to hear God’s voice and be sensitive to his leading. Thank you so much for praying with us!
We share this update with you because, as a part of the EFM family, we want to…
- Keep you up to date when there are significant changes in our EFM family.
- Demonstrate our care for Elise and Evan through this discernment process.
- Invite you to pray for Elise and Evan.
Thank you for your support, prayers and concern.
Stanley David Leach
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