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July 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:

  • The protection of all the staff and their families throughout May 2024 despite numerous challenges.
  • The healing of some of our staff and some staff’s family members who were hospitalized. Now everyone has returned home, and their health has improved positively.
  • All activities that were planned were carried out despite a lack of fuel.
  • Good rainfall at favorable times for crops. We hope for good production for this season.

We Pray For:

  • The month of June. May the Lord continue to protect us against all evil for God’s glory.
  • All activities at the end of this quarter which coincide with the end of fiscal year 2024. May the Lord continue to give us strength and good times in our communities and in our country so that we can carry out our daily activities.
  • The beginning of fiscal year 2025. May our God make available everything that we need for better program implementation in communities.
  • The easing of the economic situation in our country where fuel continues to be in short supply and where other essential basic products continue to become scarce and their prices extremely high.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We Give Praise For:

  • The health and security of our staff in all watersheds where the program is implemented.
  • The successful graduation readiness assessment workshop for Kakumba, which was held last week. We thank God for the good and encouraging testimonies from pastors in watersheds. 
  • The family of our program manager, Birori, whose wife gave birth to a new baby. We thank God for the successful delivery.
  • The AFR100 workshop held in Bukavu last month. We thank God for the staff who attended on behalf of the Plant With Purpose DRC program.
  • The good testimonies were shared by Purpose Group members from the Luvubu watershed who came to visit our office and share their gratitude for the program that we are implementing.

We Pray For:

  • The population of Uvira who are affected by flooding caused by the increased water of Lake Tanganyika, which affected several households.
  • The graduation readiness assessment event that will take place with participants and local leaders in the Kakumba watershed. 
  • The new month of June and our planning for fiscal year 2025 with expansion into new watersheds. We pray for the successful submission of the final draft proposal and the upcoming baseline evaluation. 
  • Quarter four activities and data collection as well as the completion of fiscal year 2024.

Dominican Republic

We Give Praise For:

  • The abundant rains that are permitting the planting of trees to meet our goals.
  • The successful visit of the Taking Root leadership team for strategic planning and advancement of the carbon project.
  • The arrival of electricity in a partnering community in the Nizao watershed, as well as the work beginning by the government to bring it to other communities.

We Pray For:

  • Plantings that were affected by heavy rains during the month of April in the Nizao watershed.
  • The restoration of the roads in several areas of our program and country that were destroyed by rain last month.
  • The empowerment of new Purpose Groups and those that are being formed during the fourth quarter.
  • The health of a pastor from a partnering community, who is facing a health crisis. We ask God for her recovery.

Ethiopia

We Give Praise For:

  • The Plant With Purpose Ethiopia staff and property which all remained safe. We were able to conduct regular activities despite the continued instability and conflict.
  • The successful accomplishment of spring development, soil, and water conservation activities in the midst of severe conflict.
  • The successful facilitation of Plant With Purpose Ethiopia staff capacity-building training on work ethics, mindset, emotional intelligence, and teamwork skills.

We Pray For:

  • Success as we conduct a financial audit.
  • The successful finalization of fiscal year 2024 planned activities.
  • Peace and stability for Ethiopia in general and the Amhara region in particular.
  • Successful closing of a pending legal matter.
  • Restoration of internet access for the Andabet office.

Haiti

We Give Praise For:

  • The safety and the security of staff in the field even though the security situation is still unpredictable. 
  • The sufficient rain during April and May when the farmers planted trees to fulfill the yearly targets.
  • The faith of the Haitians, who have a history of challenge but continue to hope for a free future.

We Pray For:

  • The international community, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and the presidential council of nine members negotiated by CARICOM to understand that the Haitians can’t endure more suffering. We pray they will take concrete actions to establish peace and security throughout the country. 
  • The 70% of people living in Port-au-Prince who are in a food insecurity situation according to the World Food Program (WFP).
  • The end of the cycle of crime and violence in Haiti in an effort to build a new country where all the Haitians can be proud, as in the past.
  • The ongoing security for the farmers and the staff members, specifically in one of our watersheds, which is under the threats of the gangs. The people are very scared and public transportation is paralyzed in this area. 

Malawi

We Give Praise For:

  • The registration of Floresta in Malawi with the Non-Governmental Organization Regulatory Authority (NGORA).
  • The successful activities and provisions toward the work which have already been carried out so far.

We Pray For:

  • Plant With Purpose’s fundraising team as we approach the year's end. We also pray that God will bless us with more donors, to continue to impact people's lives.
  • The success of all the training being conducted this month.
  • Our colleagues working on the Spiritual Renewal Curriculum (SRC). May the Lord grant them wisdom and guidance as they approach the final stages. 
  • Wisdom, continued love, joy, and peace, as well as good health and protection from above for all of Plant With Purpose’s team leaders as they guide the organization.

Mexico

We Give Praise For:

  • The third meeting for promoters that was held in Puebla this June.
  • The arrival of rain in Chiapas, benefiting homes, crops, and reforestation.
  • A pastor who has provided one hectare of land to reforest in partnership with the agroecology team of the program in Chiapas.
  • Safety of the teams in Puebla, Chiapas, and Oaxaca, amid electoral campaigns, demonstrations, and road blockades.

We Pray For:

  • Rain in the communities of Oaxaca and Puebla, which is necessary for human consumption, crops, plant production, and reforestation.
  • Greater awareness among farmers in Chiapas, to adopt the agroecological system and avoid burning their plots.
  • Peace and harmony in the Yochib watershed, due to the social problems that arose a few weeks ago.
  • Our search for the right personnel to fill existing vacancies.
  • The upcoming visit from a foundation to Oaxaca in late June. We pray that they have a good and productive trip here in our program.

Tanzania

We Give Praise For:

  • The successful completion of the monitoring and evaluation of graduated Purpose Groups.
  • The fruitful Vision Trip. Staff and participants warmly hosted our visitors from a potential partner foundation and Plant With Purpose.
  • Gratitude for the progress made toward our annual goals and prayers for continued momentum to achieve all our targets as we conclude quarter four and fiscal year 2024.
  • The ongoing support, prayers and encouragement from our partners and donors, which has been instrumental in our progress.

We Pray For:

  • The recovery of our facilitator colleagues and Shengena West team leader who were injured in accidents. May they experience quick healing as they continue their treatment.
  • The effective and smooth data collection of the Purpose Groups that is scheduled for this June.
  • Continued guidance and wisdom for our leadership team as they make critical decisions for the future of our programs, and for their effectiveness in inspiring, motivating, and nurturing the growth of our team members.

Thailand

We Give Praise For:

  • Protection for travel and the implementation of the program in communities in the past month.
  • Guidance during the seminar about the land rights situation that finished well despite some challenges.
  • The completion of the impact evaluation in Mae Na Wang watershed. 
  • The collaboration from farmers in activities over the past month.
  • Protection over the staff and God’s blessing over the staff that are serving.

We Pray For:

  • The leaders to be open with the program, and we also pray for farmers in every Purpose Group that they will keep collaborating in the development work.
  • Community leaders one partnering community, that the work will go smoothly.
  • The activities that will be carried out during this month, including the introduction of the program, the summary of the lesson learned workshop, tree seedling transportation, and soil conservation.
  • The staff’s health and the community volunteers that they will continue the dedication and the love in the community implementation.
  • The tree planting activities that will be carried out smoothly in every watershed in this quarter.

United States

We Give Praise For:

  • A productive board retreat. The board approved the organizational goals, operating budget, and development plan for fiscal year 2025. We are thankful for the time, energy and insight each board member contributed over the two-day meeting.
  • Our new summer interns, who each bring their gifts and talents to our team the first week of June. 
  • The completion of the Community Designed Restoration (CDR) Purpose Paper, an effective summary of our holistic approach.

We Pray For:

  • The upcoming Vision Trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic. We pray for safe travels and opportunities for learning and sharing among Vision Trip participants, country staff, and program partners.
  • The in-person piloting of the Spiritual Renewal Curriculum scheduled for June 11, an ongoing collaborative process with all of our country partners and an integral enhancement to our program.
  • The security and safety for all our staff and global partners who travel every day on behalf of our God-serving mission and vision. 

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