So much momentum had started before Christmas and there was hope for future projects in Nan province with the Lua. We had plans for Alumni retreats in Laos, a Spring Women’s retreat in Chiang Kham, and we were looking for ways to encourage families in sharing their faith with their children and kick-starting youth programs in Nan. COVID turned it upside down everywhere.
Nan province which is a border area was slow to open back up. It was August when David could get back to visiting with the leadership there. We have experienced obstacles to the momentum we had pre-COVID. Weeds began to grow where the ground was tilled and ready. Leadership issues came to a head in September. Please pray for unity among the leaders and their continued spiritual growth. Nothing is a surprise to God, so we are trusting God and addressing foundational issues with truth and grace. We really covet your prayers.
They generously shared rice from their first part of the harvest with us. They are mountain farmers that live off what they can grow. We are so blessed by the love and generosity they freely shared with us.
We were blessed by joyful worship and prayer in Ban Nam Maw as we brought a short message of encouragement. Prayer, is so vital and such a source of comfort. What a privilege to be together in Jesus!
Please pray for the seven Lua villages as we visit them. Pray for a revival among the lay leaders, that growth will continue. We trust God uses all things to bring fruit for his kingdom, and even obstacles will become reasons for rejoicing and give God the glory!
Pray for Family Life ministry opportunities to strengthen families, share faith with their children, and grow in Jesus together. Pray for opportunities to hold youth camps in the future. We hope to have a young person dedicate their life to full time service in this language group. Pray for this opportunity to revive the work, encourage autonomy and confidence in their ability to reach the lost for Jesus in Nan. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will pour forth, lives transformed, surrendered in the grace of Jesus.
Yours in Him,
Sharon and David