Pray for our partners
As you pray for our partners, consider the following praises and prayer requests that have been sent to us from our international partners.
Pray that God opens the doors and we can begin to share our transformative work with new people. Please pray for good community participation and a vision to expand environmental stewardship beyond the church and for opportunities to learn by experience
We praise God for continuing to protect us and our families, along with the whole Plant With Purpose family, and for the recovery of our national director. We praise him for the birth of a son to our economic empowerment coordinator, Emile, and his wife. The baby and mother are home and healthy. We pray for further protection during the month ahead, especially during this time of COVID-19. We pray for God’s protection over all our participants and families. We pray for our partnering farmers as they sow their fields and apply the new agricultural techniques they’ve learned during their most important growing season.
We praise God for the start of a season bringing necessary rains to farmers and for the Stewardship of Creation workshop for pastors and leaders recently held in the Ozama Region. We pray for the physical health of our collaborator Greidy Heredia, who was involved in a tragic accident, the success of our upcoming efforts to collect the quarterly report, and protection of all members in every group in each community that we serve from COVID-19.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
We praise God for the health of our staff, especially those who have overcome recent challenges with illness, including our spiritual renewal supervisor and executive director, and for the recent reopening of schools that have been closed for months due to COVID-19. We pray for our village agents who are conducting training using our Seeds of Change environmental curriculum in collaboration with technicians. We pray for some of our participants in the Kakumba watershed who have had to move from their homes due to recent armed group activity. We pray that our participants remain safe from COVID-19.
We praise God for the engagement of our staff members Tsigereda Birhan and Nigus Alemayehu, by Holy Communion of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, for a life together as one. We praise him for excellent conversations and lessons learned from other partners’ experiences shared at the IPPM, as well as successful expansion, scaling up, and multi-year planning activities of our Ethiopia program. We pray for good communication and preparation as our Ethiopia program transitions out of its pilot phase and towards regular operations, and for safety for the whole Plant With Purpose family.
We praise God for the security and safety of our team and participant farmers, in spite of the country’s insecurity. We praise him for our team and participants’ motivation to reach the target outputs given the context of looming political instability and economic volatility. We pray for the health and security of our team and farming populations, through both COVID-19 and the climate of violence stirred up by armed groups around our cities. We pray for consensus among politicians to fight the rising insecurity and gang activity and to create a better sense of hope for our country’s young people and marginalized communities. We pray for an end to the string of kidnapping cases, a phenomenon that creates psychological terror for many people.
We praise God for the reopening of seven new savings groups in the month of February: two in Puebla, two in Chiapas, and three in the Rio Grande de Oaxaca watershed. We praise him for the collection of pine seed that was successfully carried out in Peñoles and Mixteca, and for the nursery in Rio Manzanita that produces 3,000 plants. We pray for a good rainy season, so our reforestation efforts next quarter may be fruitful. We pray for the continued health of communities, promoters, and staff as our work continues, and specifically for the health of our colleague Juan Díaz, our Puebla program coordinator. We are praying for his full recovery from a severe COVID-19 infection.
We praise God for protection from the outbreak of a second wave of coronavirus, and the good health of our staff. We give thanks for the recent rainfall that we’ve received. This is well-timed, as farmers are practicing newly learned techniques on their farms that can help them improve their farm yields while being friendly to the environment. We pray for protection against the pandemic for our global family, and for Neema Missana, who is mourning the loss of her young sister, Sara, and our Wona Program Officer Marango, who recently lost his father. May God comfort them during this hard time, and may the peace of the Lord be upon them.
We praise God for the recruitment of new team members to serve in human resource and communication officer roles, the continued security and health of our UHDP team and for the training of our local church leaders on creation care that was given last week. We pray for the process of collecting new data and information to assess new watershed and community areas for 2022, the concerns of local church and government leaders over the environment as we enter the summer season with a water shortage and persistent drought, and for the political challenges that Thailand is currently facing.
We praise God for the success of the IPPM, involving over 60 participants, eight countries, and at least six different time zones. We are so thankful for the absence of major technological issues, and the new possibilities that this meeting has opened. We praise him for the successful first months of Katherine Padgett and Will Scheel as new members of our team. They have settled into their new roles with enthusiasm and are already making our work stronger. We pray for God’s continued comfort after the passing of our beloved team member and friend, Kirstie Hibbard. Our staff were able to participate in various events to celebrate her life, and we pray that we continue our work with her same spirit of love for people and creation. We pray for residents of Texas who are recovering from major power outages and water cutoffs after a severe ice storm damaged infrastructure throughout the state and region.