The Power of Testimony:
Psalm 66:5,16 "Come and see what God has done, He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of man. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell (I will give my testimony), what He has done for my soul."
Pursue Mission teams continue to come home with good reports from Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
The Cuba team, led by Gary and Jane Ann Casey were amazed at the church in Cuba. Gary said, "Cuba is where time stands still but God is on the move and lives are changing."
The Costa Rica team partnered with Sower of Seeds. Medical clinics allowed our team led by Glen and Sheryl Akin and Terry Hale, to touch over 550 patients. Stories of anguish, loss and hopelessness gave our team opportunity to pray for each patient and see the miracle working power of God touch many.
The Guatemala team worked with missionaries Tony and Carrie Taylor. The team was led by Kevin Meeks and an amazing team of physical therapists, medical students and a doctor. Each day the team traveled through jungles to reach a new village offering medical care, an eye clinic and building homes.
God is so good to allow Pursue Mission teams to go into the remotest places, into large cities, into hopelessness and see the power of God take over. Using our hands and feet to bring healing, love and hope. What a privilege to serve the God of the universe who loves all!
"Go out into the world and share the good news with all of creation." Mark 16:15
Prayer for Pursue Missionaries:
Colombia - Elisabeth Anderson - Pray for Elisabeth as her mom, Dena Anderson, recently passed into heaven. Living in another nation and dealing with grief is not easy for Elisabeth. Pray for her as she misses her mom and pray for her Dad, Byron who continues his life without Dena. Elisabeth is such an amazing young lady, impacting the youth of Colombia through volleyball, soccer, mentoring, and teaching. Pray the Spanish language would become easier and easier for Elisabeth.
Botswana - Shannon and Lindsay Shores - I love the heart of the Shores, to go into Lobatse and completely change the atmosphere through love, food, hope, laughter, dance, adoption, preaching, mentoring and more ways of Jesus. I love that their new church, The Center, is touching orphans and widows, the young and the old. I love that once a month on Sundays they meet for worship and then go into the community to share the love of Jesus. Knocking on doors, because Sundays are the best time to find ones at home and share the good news of Jesus Christ. This past month the Shores saw 10 people ask Jesus into their lives. Pray for women to be raised up into spiritual leadership roles. Lobatse is a city full of single moms without any father figures. Many girls are tempted to step into sex trafficking for the sole purpose of survival. The "sugar daddy" promises, food, clothes and a place to live.
Guatemala - Tony and Carrie Taylor - The Taylor's just hosted our Pursue Mission medical team. Over 60 people ask the Lord to come reign in their life. Hundreds of people were prayed for with multiple medical problems. Many were healed by the Lord and touched by our teams hands of love and compassion. Our team also led praise and worship in Spanish at the evening services. Such a fun, diverse team! The Lord is so good to put the Pursue Mission teams together and then watch as they connect and become a blessing to the least and hurting. Isaiah 61:1 "The Lord has appointed me for a special purpose. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to repair broken hearts."
South Africa - Jeanne Jester - Jeanne recently spoke at a Ladies Conference in Cape Town in an area, Mitchell's Plain, that is full of gangs and gross poverty. Jeanne will be taking young adults to different cities in South Africa to reach out to children and youth the months of August and September. Pray for Jeanne as she continues to connect with prayer warriors across the continent of Africa. Jeanne recently went to Nigeria, experiencing the power of prayer that touched her heart deeply.
Houston - Aaron and Jena Clendenen - Aaron, Jena and their six children have settled in the Houston area to begin a new ministry, Elevate 61. The Lord is calling Aaron and Jena to establish the first facility of its kind in the USA for young men over 18 who have been trafficked. Pray for them great wisdom - as they learn the issues involved with trafficking, as they connect with government service, church organizations, and as they reach out to new financial partners. Proverbs 16:3 "Whatever you do, do it as service to Him, and He will guarantee your success."
Botswana - Christa Ritchey, Hayden and Logan - Christa and her boys continue to bless the Shores ministry in Lobatse. Christa is blessing so many young teachers and children as she and her boys travel into the bush area to encourage teachers, train teachers and teach children. Hayden is being a great leader at the age of 10 as he leads devotions for the children. Word to Africa's goal is to plant 100 preschools in the next 5 years in the bush areas of Botswana.
Thank you for praying for the Estonia prayer team which goes out September 8th.
The Lord commands us to "Remember the Testimony". Today as you pray for these on the fields of the nations, remember to thank the Lord for all he has done and is doing today!