Update from Julia Schatz - Sept '22
Dear Pastor Mike,
I hope this finds you doing well. Autumn is just around the corner. The leaves on the trees are beginning to transform and display beautiful colors that captivate our hearts and draw us closer to the God of creation! It is my favorite time of the year so I am praying God will allow some of the beautiful leaves to remain until I return home from Central Asia. I depart on Thursday and will return to the US the end of next month. Please pray for us.
Central Asia is indeed a very big place and spiritually dark in many ways, and full of millions of people who are spiritually lost. God is using you to send us to tell them about Jesus! It depends on where you read, but for the purpose of this newsletter I will say there are 5 countries recognized as Central Asia: Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. God continues to open doors for us in this corner of the world. I will connect with 3 colleagues who are already in Central Asia doing ministry. We will travel and do ministry together in 2 other Central Asian countries for the next 20 days before departing for Poland. God willing and with His love and help we plan to train local believers in the ministry of Trauma Healing.
Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions or if you have prayers needs you would like to share with me so I can pray for you while traveling.
Please know I am grateful to God beyond measure for our partnership with you in the the gospel. Thank you!
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• 82.4 Million people are displaced
• 1 in 3 Women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime
• 1 Billion children are subject to domestic abuse each year
We live in a broken world with broken people. Every human being… every soul, at some point in their lives experience hurt and are left with a wounded heart! God wants to bring wholeness and healing. He is able!
God has not abandoned us. He is beside us! God wants to give comfort, healing, and wholeness so we can comfort others who are broken in this broken world, with the comfort we have received.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1: 3 ,4
Some examples, they will learn how to listen to and talk with…
- a mom with a young baby who had to flee her country, yet leave her husband to help fight an invading army.
- a lady who crossed into a new country with her young daughter and two teenage sons after saying goodbye to her elderly parents who didn’t want to leave.
- someone going through divorce, cancer, or other challenging times. Or someone who has suffered physical and emotional abuse.
Churches and believers in these countries who want to learn how to help people with these types of horrendous stories are now experiencing secondary trauma. We’ve been there, too. That’s why we train followers of Jesus to have simple heart wound healing conversations that start the healing process.
... And also lead to gospel conversations so that people come to know the Great Physician, Jesus.
(e3 Partners Ministry in partnership with the curriculum developed by Multiplying Hope.)
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