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February 2024

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

We Give Praise For:

  • God’s protection of our families in the month of January 2024.
  • Celebrations of the end of year holidays in peace and joy. All the staff had time off and thanked the Lord for their peaceful journey at the time of joining the family and the work.
  • The good continuation of planting trees produced by the communities.
  • All members of our staff who have had children. Currently every family has left the hospital maternity peacefully, and the mothers and their babies are in good health.

We Pray For:

  • More protection this month of February 2024 so that the hand of the Almighty continues to reassure us in all our community actions.
  • The International Partnership Planning Meeting (IPPM) that is planned for this February. We pray that it should be fruitful, and all partners can participate easily wherever they are. 
  • Three-Year Operating Plan (TOP) activities so that the Lord can help us to plan well for the next three years.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We Give Praise For:

  • The health of all our staff and their families. We thank God for the safety during the past month of the presidential election.
  • The improved health of our monitoring and evaluation supervisor who has been undergoing an operation for the past two months and now is now back home safely. 
  • The successful trip of the auditor Uchizi to DRC where he is conducting an internal audit. We thank God for this important audit held in the Plant With Purpose DRC program.
  • The communities that were able to complete the tree planting campaign, and that all planned trees have been planted.
  • Our dedicated staff who were temporarily relocated from the Luvubu watershed due to the tragic loss of a team member. They have now returned to resume their daily duties.
  • The resilience and strength shown by the family of our late guardian, who tragically lost his life last month. His wife has brought a beautiful baby boy into the world.

We Pray For:

  • Our staff who attended the AFR100 project launch in Bujumbura and presented about the Plant With Purpose program in DRC.
  • Peace building initiatives in the Luvubu watershed after the tragedy of killings in this watershed. Plant With Purpose DRC is planning several meetings to build peace and reconciliation in those communities.
  • Peace in the region and especially in the great lake region where political tension rises. We pray for the stability of the region.
  • The rain during this second farming period which has caused flooding and is affecting farms in the Sange and Luvubu watersheds. We pray for moderate rain to help farmers plan their farming season.

Dominican Republic

We Give Praise For:

  • The new year and God’s protection over us.
  • The improvement of the local roads in the Nizao watershed. These roads were very difficult, but now they can be traveled better so we can advance our work and reach more people more efficiently.
  • The Maimon cooperative that opened a branch in the Nizao area. The members of the Purpose Groups here had nowhere to keep large cash savings, and this branch will be a blessing for the entire region.

We Pray For:

  • God’s continued protection of the staff and that we will meet our scheduled goals.
  • Our new partners. May God work in a special way and provide suitable people to join in transforming the environment and their communities.
  • Our administrative assistant, who has just given birth to her baby. We ask that she develops healthily.
  • Receptivity of the program in the Nizao watershed, for the creation of savings groups, and motivation from the community members.

Ethiopia

We Give Praise For:

  • Successfully undertaken stakeholder (signatory government offices) midterm evaluation.
  • Successful completion of recruitment and onboarding of the Finance & Admin Manager.
  • Implementing Plant With Purpose Ethiopia’s biannual plan given the intense instability and conflict in our operation area.
  • The protection of a team member from a deadly cross fire accident while traveling to Andabet using public transport.
  • Successful completion and on time submission of Q2 reports.
  • Successful commencement of organizational website and email design. 

We Pray For:

  • Smooth implementation of remaining fiscal year 2024 activities.
  • Successful completion of ongoing organizational system strengthening activities.
  • Peace and stability for Ethiopia in general and the Amhara region in particular.
  • Successful closing of all legal cases arising from misappropriation.
  • A successful completion of the IPPM and Global Leadership Team meeting.
  • Successful completion of the development of an organizational website and email.

Haiti

We Give Praise For:

  • The protection of the staff during the end of the year 2023 and the beginning of January, even with huge cases of violence and kidnapping in some places in Haiti.
  • The motivation of the staff to prepare the quarterly report during the end of year.
  • The successful completion of these objectives in the face of insecurity and other challenges.

We Pray For:

  • Our mechanic in one watershed whose mother is at the hospital for care. May God facilitate her prompt recovery.
  • Peace for Haiti and for the areas where we are working in particular. We pray for some farmers in another watershed who tried to cross a “red area.” Five members of the community were kidnapped with other passengers in a public truck. Thanks to God, they were released a short time after.
  • God to accompany the staff and the farmers to reach or surpass the goals for this quarter.
  • The countries with governments friendly to Haiti. We pray that they would have compassion for those becoming refugees in their country. We pray also that they would help Haiti get back to a more normal state.

Malawi

We Give Praise For:

  • God’s gift of life all for staff members.
  • Completed tasks.
  • The cooperation that is there between the local community and Plant With Purpose. 
  • The successful program launch, and we ask for God's wisdom, provision, and guidance in preparation of this new endeavor.
  • The safe arrival of Plant With Purpose U.S. staff and everyone who traveled to Malawi for our official program launch.

We Pray For:

  • A successful community training session. 
  • Continued love, joy, peace, and unity among the team.
  • The Holy Spirit's presence in every aspect of life.

Mexico

We Give Praise For:

  • The willingness of the nursery committees and municipal authorities to continue with plant production and reforestation in the Mixteca Alta and San Juan watersheds in Oaxaca.
  • The start of construction of wood saving stoves, by the producers and the support provided by our field team.
  • The protection and provision of the Lord, in the midst of the challenges of the economy, climate, and social situations of this world.
  • Our participation on January 30, in the Compassion International conference on “Work and Development in Indigenous Areas” to which we were invited.
  • The second Promoters Workshop in the Puebla area.

We Pray For:

  • The active participation of the members of the Purpose Groups in the training workshops of the Río Peñoles and Coatecas Altas watersheds in Oaxaca.
  • Recruitment activities carried out in the different programs to form new groups, so that more people join the transformative development project that we facilitate.
  • The pastor of the church in a community in Río Peñoles (Oaxaca), so that God provides a space for the church to congregate. May God give peace, wisdom, and guidance in making decisions regarding his ministry and congregation.
  • Peace in Chiapas, and for the members of Purpose Groups, especially in Mesbiljá, for the social conflicts that have been occurring for nine years and that intensified in 2023. We pray for the change expected in 2024, so that the situation changes, and there is conflict resolution and peace.
  • Our promoter Gerardo and his family, who support groups in the Mesbiljá watershed, to carry out their activities safely.
  • The team. May God give us health, protection, and wisdom while we carry out our work in the communities in Puebla, Chiapas, and Oaxaca.

Tanzania

We Give Praise For:

  • God’s protection throughout the month of January. 
  • The successful completion and submission of the second quarter reports. 
  • The gift of the new baby was received by our colleague and his wife. We praise God for the creation and for the health of the baby and the mother. We pray that God may continue blessing and keeping them safe. 
  • The successful biannual facilitators meetings were conducted in January. We pray that all meeting resolutions including transferring from the use of analog to digital tools during data collection be smoothly implemented. 
  • The renovated Ndungu-Saseni Road that led to transport challenges for some few days. We pray that the rain falls in moderation so that no damage can destroy neither human lives nor normal routines for both staff, participants, and community members.

We Pray For:

  • The heavy rainfall that is raining in Tanzania and are causing floods in many regions in the country. We are grateful for the rainfall, but we are praying that they should be moderate and stop causing troubles.
  • The new families of our colleagues who are newly married. May God bless the new families and grant them unity, love, and mutual support. 
  • The ongoing mentorship program on the use of kobo tool box. May God bless the struggle of facilitators and may the transition period from analog to digital be simplified as mentorship and coaching progresses. 
  • The fiscal year 2025 planning sessions are expected to be held on February 19 and 20. We pray for God’s guidance and wisdom so that all plans can reflect God’s intention and all decisions align with God’s will. 

Thailand

We Give Praise For:

  • God's guidance in the whole year in 2023. God had led us the whole year in the Plant With Purpose work. And we praise God for every staff member and their family and for their good health.
  • The New Year Festival in the implementation area of Plant With Purpose. And every community that celebrates the Traditional New Year. We praise God for the staff visit to join the New Year celebration, building a good relationship in the target area.
  • The holiday. The staff spent the time with their families on holiday. The staff are people from many places and are able to only visit family occasionally.
  • The implementation of the activities in quarter two. Thank God for the collaboration from farmers and the leaders from Mae Ta Chang and Mae Yang Mint watersheds. Thank God for 2023 that had ended smoothly.
  • The farmers that participate in the agroforestry plot and soil conservation from the support from the program. The farmers value and put good effort into the activities.

We Pray For:

  • The action plan in quarters three and four. That it will be the plan that succeeds by guidance from the Lord.
  • The implementation for the project in quarter three. 
  • Lahu ethnic groups in the Mae Ta Chang and Mae Yang Mint watersheds' New year celebration.
  • The good collaboration in the implementation of the program in the Mae Ta Chang and Mae Yang Mint watersheds.
  • The announcement of the national park department in Nam Khok River for eight villages in Mae Ta Chang. There are 10 people with land located in the national park area. This announcement creates uncertainty and may threaten land ownership. Pray for the people in the community that they will be strong and that the uncertainties may be resolved.
  • The establishment of new Purpose Groups and for the existing groups to take care of new groups to be strong and effective.

United States

We Give Praise For:

  • A successful launch in Malawi! Productive meetings with key authorities were held, thanks to the preparation and coordination by National Director Elizabeth Maneya and her team. We also praise God for safe travels for CEO Scott Sabin, VP of International Programs Milmer Martinez Vergara, and Program Officer Annah Annah, who were able to attend the official launch ceremonies. 
  • Our board of directors. We are thankful for their gifts of time, talents, and treasures to support the work and mission of our Plant With Purpose Global Partnership.
  • The launch of our next three-year strategic planning cycle, “Purpose Plan FY2026-2028.”
  • God’s provision through the TerraFund for AFR100 grant, part of which will be awarded to two Plant With Purpose projects at $300,000 each, an above-average amount among the 78 total projects awarded funding. 

We Pray For:

  • Our ongoing recruiting efforts for two new positions: People & Experience Specialist and Grant Writer. We pray for wisdom and discernment in the hiring process.
  • The IPPM and Global Leadership Team meeting scheduled for the week of February 19. We pray for good internet connectivity, accurate translations, and the ability for teams from all country partners to be present.
  • The February 23 board of directors meeting. We pray for wisdom and discernment from the board as we continue our strategic planning for next year and beyond.
  • Creative initiative, discernment, and resilience for our gifted regional representatives as they share the vision, mission, and impact of Plant With Purpose with current and prospective donor partners.

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