All is well! Elementary camp just ended and we are setting up for high school camp. Nothing bad has happened yet! No injuries! We had one little boy accept Christ yesterday, which was so exciting! Our speaker has been extremely eye opening and wise. We would appreciate prayers for the older campers and keep our health up!
Hello from Malawi! We are ministering to community health network leaders and playing with the Passion center orphans in our spare time. Pray that we can be an encouragement with the gospel with everyone God gives us contact with.
Please be praying for our team as we are starting our first day of ESL classes today. This is one of the class rooms that we will be teaching in! We are learning phrases in Bengali to greet our students. Here’s to hoping that we learned them correctly.
Here we go!
We kicked off spring break with the 34:3 Gathering–a prayer and worship music night for all of our teams. Others came to support through prayer as well.
We already have a couple of teams on the field and more traveling in the next few days. Keep checking in for more updates throughout the week.
All of our teams are officially home from serving this summer. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement to our students. We are grateful for the many things The Lord is doing and will continue to do across the globe. To Him be the glory! #CUGO
Pray for our women’s basketball team as they have arrived in Ireland and will be starting ministry soon! More updates to come. #CUGO
As I write this I am pretending that you are sitting across from me at a local café that makes their own baguettes (because I might be suffering from French baguette withdrawal!), and that you just asked me about what God taught me through this trip.
My answer: Prayer is power.
Is that cliché? I used to think so. At the beginning of the France trip, I was surprised – even completely floored – when God answered our prayers directly and amazingly. I almost didn’t believe it was true. But by the end of the trip, God had taught me to pray with the beautiful blending of confidence and contentment in my heart. Many mornings I brought the burdens on my heart or the team’s heart to Him and left them there. He made it obvious that He had heard and answered those requests in ways I never had considered. I was no longer so shocked, and in its place He increased my capacity to be thankful.
Will God always say “yes” to our prayers? No. Does asking in faith guarantee a favorable answer? Absolutely not. But can we pray with confidence that God can and does answer our prayers beyond what we ask or think? Absolutely yes. When I present my requests to the Lord now, I walk into the future with anticipation that His answer will be the best one. I am confident yet content at how He will answer. And it’s frighteningly exciting.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) #CUGO
In a country where the government regulates Christianity and where people cannot freely share their faith with others, I began to see that God cannot be restricted by anyone. We talked with believers who were so passionate about the gospel and understood the urgency of telling it to others. One girl told me a story about how she tried to share the gospel at a university and had to run from the police. Another puts her job on the line by openly preaching the gospel in her classes.
I was amazed at how much Christianity is growing in China and how passionate the believers are there. Their stories showed me that no man, no government can stop God. He is able when we are not, and he will move no matter who is in the way. #CUGO
— Lane Yoder (China Team 2017)