Prayer Letter

November 2018

1, 2, & 3 – Please give thanks with us for the excellent planning retreat in September. We spent three days together praying and discussing the past and future ministry of the church. It was an uplifting time in which we considered public and private worship, discipleship, and evangelism.

4, 5, & 6 – Please pray with us as we seek to encourage the families in our church to use the means of grace to bless and teach their children. Our Sunday school superintendent has been sending some very useful material to help our children continue learning during the week. Please pray that parents will be motivated to use these materials to help their children see Christ more clearly.

7, 8, & 9 – Please give thanks with us for the communicant’s class which recently started. Pray that the children and youth who are attending will be strengthened in their faith and be prepared to join the church as full members.

10, 11, & 12 – Please pray with us for the Ladies’ Day we will host this weekend. We encourage the women in our church to invite their unbelieving friends for a meal, some crafts, and a gospel-centered talk. Pray for Christ to be seen and hearts to be opened on Saturday.

13, 14, & 15 – Please pray with us for the annual leadership meeting of MTW Europe this week. Pray that our leaders will be built up and encouraged as they pray, plan, and fellowship.
16, 17, & 18 – Late last month we hosted a weekend retreat for the 10 to 12 year old children in the church. It was a fun-filled time, but had plenty of spiritual content, too. We were especially thankful that Markéta taught two lessons during our time with the children; just four years ago, she attended her first Girl’s Week retreat. We are so thankful for her and for all we see God doing in our children. 

19, 20, & 21 – Next week, we are planning to host the quarterly teacher’s meeting for our Sunday school teachers. Please give thanks for the desire of the leaders to continue to train our teachers. Please pray with us that the Lord would provide even more teachers. 

22, 23, & 24 – Please pray with us for the opportunity we hope to have this week to share a Thanksgiving meal with our neighbors. Czechs don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, so it is something unusual and interesting for them. Pray that we will be bold to share the good news with them.

25, 26, & 27 – Please give thanks with us that God preserved Bob Zhaňal’s life. Bob fell and injured himself badly last month, but was able to recover in the hospital. Please pray that God will continue to preserve Bob and Dana.

28, 29, & 30 – One of the leaders in our church opened his home last month to host a fall party for his children and their school friends. Please pray that this will open even more doors for him to minister to the unbelieving families in his village.

December 2018

1, 2, & 3 –Please pray for the children in our church to grow mightily in their faith -  that they would begin to see Christ with their own eyes and not only through the faith of their parents

4, 5, & 6 – Please continue to pray with us for Madeline as she seeks for prayer and financial support. We are hopeful that she will be able to join us early next year. If you would be interested in helping her, please let us know.

7, 8, & 9 – Please give thanks with us for the new men’s and women’s groups that have started meeting this fall. Our Czech leaders decided that they wanted to try these groups in the place of the Bible studies we have hosted for the last several years. They have also taken over the leadership of these groups, which is very encouraging for us.

10, 11, & 12 – Please pray with us for the youth group in our church. We are very encouraged by the desire of these young people to grow in Christ, to help one another fight against the world, the flesh and the devil, and to witness to their unbelieving generation.

13, 14, & 15 – Please pray with us for the annual Christmas party we will host this weekend. It is an excellent opportunity to deepen the connections we have with our unbelieving friends and neighbors. It also provides a place for our friends to connect with the members of our church.

16, 17, & 18 – Please pray for traveling mercies for our families. The Johnsons will be back in the States for a short visit with their family and some of the Gradys will be coming to the Czech Republic.

19, 20, & 21 – Please pray with us for the families in our church to use their time wisely. The same temptations which face American families – to become engaged in all manner of good things to the exclusion of the best things – are present here as well. 

22, 23, & 24 – “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” God be praised for the gift of his only son.

25, 26, &, 27 – Please pray for Evan and for all the children in our church as they return to school next week. Pray that they will learn well and be witnesses for Christ in their schools.

28, 29, 30 &, 31 – Many of you know that MTW is asking all of the churches in our denomination to prayerfully consider sending 1% of their church members into mission work. If the Lord sees fit to answer those prayers, we will need to seek out many new partners here in Europe. Please pray with us for those partners to be found, for the future of our work here, and for the future of our team.

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