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September 2022

The first Friday of each month, our Plant With Purpose staff and partners around the world join together in prayer for our partners and our work. We invite you to join with us, lifting up these praises and prayers to God and seeking his continued favor and protection over this important global work.

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Burundi

Praise God For:

  • The protection for us and for all our family during this month of August 2022.
  • A Plant With Purpose U.S. staff visit and DRC experience exchanges done in our country. The Lord blessed our guests and their travels. Their stay in our country was peaceful and successful.
  • The establishment of nurseries in our priority watersheds.

We Pray For:

  • The Lord will to continue to show his goodness to our participants, staff, families, and to the whole Plant With Purpose family.
  • The fuel shortage problems in our country. It has been a big challenge to our activities and our daily life. Basic necessities have become expensive due to the shortage of fuel.
  • The youth interfaith conference on creation care that we are planning in Nyakazu watershed. Youth will come from 22 churches that are already our partners of Nyakazu watershed and around 176 young people will participate in that conference.  
  • The successful implementation of the DID survey that is planned for early September for our two new watersheds, Siguvyaye II and Rukuzira II.
  • This dry season, which is often characterized by bushfires. May our Lord continue to awaken our communities to make firebreaks and prevent any form of fire that may arise and destroy the environment.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Praise God For:

  • Protecting our staff and their families despite some challenges related to sickness, but in general, we are all safe and fine.
  • The successful meeting with Plant With Purpose U.S. staff and we praise God that our staff were able to cross into Bujumbura for a field visit. 
  • For the successful establishment of tree nurseries by Purpose Group members, churches, and schools in all our watersheds.
  • For our program manager Birori who has a new baby boy. We thank God that his wife delivered safely.
  • For the continuous meetings of peace building and reconciliation. We thank God that good testimonies are shared from the participants.

We Pray For:

  • The environmental supervisor who is sick and under treatment. He is currently on leave for three weeks.    
  • Two village agents who both lost grandchildren. The children suffered from malaria and passed away.     
  • Participants in the Kambekulu watersheds, who are willingly initiating income generating activities. We pray that unity and love characterize them in this activity.  
  • The successful completion of impact evaluation that will be conducted next month for new watersheds.
  • The security of our watersheds where the East African community forces are in our province, especially in some parts of our watersheds to fight against foreign and local  armed groups.
  • Our participants to safely remain in their homes. 

Dominican Republic

Praise God For:

  • The abundant rains received.
  • One community in the Ozama Region, whose members have come together to collect waste in their community.
  • The success of the summer bible schools recently held in Central and Ozama.

We Pray For:

  • The neighborhood roads that the government has promised to build in five communities in the Ozama region. 
  • The construction of the community hydroelectric plant in two communities in the Nizao region.
  • The farmers of the Nizao region, who are motivated to carry out community nurseries.

Ethiopia

Praise God For:

  • The successful completion of the tree planting campaigns. 
  • The establishment of new saving groups and Farmer Field Schools.
  • The successful participation of women in savings groups during tree planting and other program activities.

We Pray For:

  • Continued and extended rainfall season in the country.
  • Peace and solidarity between Tigray and Ethiopia.
  • Effective cultivation of the previously planted trees.
  • Successful recruitment of 12 new village agents.
  • Successful onboarding and field visit for the country director, Engida.

Haiti

Praise God For:

  • The safety and the security of the team who travels on the field and the team who is working and living in Port-au-Prince, the most dangerous area of Haiti.
  • The rain starting in Fonds Verrettes. The farmers are going to plant their farms and more trees that are waiting in the nurseries. 
  • Our agriculture communicator in Cornillon and Savanette. He is recovering after a motorcycle accident where a van hit his motorcycle while people are running at the sound of guns.

We Pray For:

  • The ongoing safety in the field and in the areas of Port-au-Prince. May God change the hearts of the gangsters and the people who have supported them so that the country could recover its habits of hospitality and peace.
  • The people in the government We pray that justice and the police play fully their role to insure the well-being of the population. 
  • Humility of the politicians to do a sincere consensus to liberate the people and to work to lift the country out from under the dependence of its presumed international partners.
  • The targets set for the first quarter. We pray that they will be reached even in the difficult situation which the country is facing.

Mexico

Praise God For:

  • The care that the staff has had every time we leave home for the office and the field.
  • The recent rains that began to fall.
  • For the efforts and reforestation carried out by the Purpose Groups and the encouragement of the staff to carry them out.
  • For the invitation to participate in the meeting of organizations, promoted by the Vista Hermosa Foundation, to carry out an exchange of knowledge and experiences in Chiapas from this August 22-25.

We Pray For:

  • The Vision Trip that is scheduled from September 25 to 30 to Oaxaca. There has not been a Vision Trip to this area in more than two years. We pray to God that everything goes well and the participants are blessed in a great way.
  • The survival of planted trees and crops. After two months of drought, we continue to pray for more rains in the country and specifically, in the communities with which we collaborate.
  • The nurseries and community committees, so that they continue with the production of seedlings this year.
  • The advancement of goals in the three regions, so that more families join the work and the watersheds are restored. May the Lord guide us and all participants.

Tanzania

Praise God For:

  • His protection and grace towards the Floresta Tanzania family throughout the month of August. 
  • A positive response from Mala River watershed and for the Purpose Groups that have been established.

We Pray For:

  • The good health of colleagues, their families, donors, and all participants. 
  • The continued support from the communities of Mala River watershed as the team mobilizes them to establish Purpose Groups. 
  • The monitoring and evaluation exercise that will be conducted this month. 
  • The comfort of families for the loss of community facilitator from Hai West watershed, and the loss of the husband of the facilitator from Shengena West watershed. May God console all who have been touched by these losses. 
  • The successful completion of quarter one planned activities.

Thailand

Praise God For:

  • Planting trees in community forests in the MaeNaWang watershed this month, in eight villages.
  • All the officers who carried out the activities well and safely even though it was difficult to work in the middle of the rains.

We Pray For:

  • Preparing a place and various seedlings for agroforestry and soil conservation activities on August 22 and 23 at Ban Huai Khok Moo together with foreign students.
  • The welcoming of five students who will come to learn about the small farm and agroforestry program at UHDF from August 15 to September 10. We pray for their safe visit.
  • The request for saplings from the government agencies and discussing the direction of working together with the government agencies.
  • A stage to set up the Kok water network that takes place this month. The trip activities are difficult during the rainy season.
  • The preparation of reforestation in both watersheds MaeTaChang and MaeYoungMint.

United States

Praise God For:

  • The safe and successful return of our media team, who traveled recently to Burundi where they were able to document the work in both Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
  • A successful meeting of our amazing, generous and experienced Plant With Purpose Board of Directors.
  • The selection of a Country Director for our newest implementing partner country of Malawi who will soon be formally introduced.
  • The continued onboarding and orientation of our new Country Director in Ethiopia, Engida Wube. 

We Pray For:

  • Safety and protection for all of our colleagues in each of our nine program countries. We pray especially for our colleagues in Haiti who continue to oversee significant program initiatives amidst increasing gang violence and anarchy.  
  • A successful 2022 Planting Hope Gala on September 17. We pray for Katherine and her team of staff and volunteers as they prepare the final touches for this event. 
  • The successful gathering and outcome of the Plant With Purpose Tree Summit, September 19-20, which will help set the future direction of our tree planting/growing initiatives throughout the Plant With Purpose/Floresta Global Partnership.
  • Discernment and favor in the final stages of recruitment for several key positions on our Plant With Purpose U.S.team. We are grateful for the caliber and experience of these candidates.

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