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Chapter 20: Pursuit

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1 NASB

 

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

John 1:4 NASB

 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:12-13 NASB

 

I find these verses to be encouraging, uplifting, and powerful.  Really look at the words describing the pursuit of God and His creation.  Since the beginning God has sought us, directed us, and claimed us.  God has given us purpose, understanding, and birthright.  Praise be to God our Father!

 

This past month has been full of illness in our family.  It seems like a revolving door of sickness.  As one member gets better, another is passed the infection.  But God likes to use these times for His glory. We exit the rotation with a deeper sense of gratitude, hope, and focus. We praise Him as we are now all recovered!

 

This past month was also full of joy.  We welcomed back Erica to our volunteer team, completed our second semester of language study, and had a wonderful visit from our friends the Williamsons.  Erica is nearing her second full year of volunteering with Poland and has been working extremely hard with our accounting paperwork.  Huge props to the tireless work she puts in day after day, what a blessing!

 

Language study is going slow but steady.  We remind ourselves daily that it is not a simple task and that investing more time now will produce greater fruit later.  The missionaries we have talked to who have been here for more than 4 years have expressed the importance of ministering to the Polish people in their native tongue.  This has increased our passion and drive to learn the language.  Praise God that the school has halved our tuition through alternative courses!  We love our school and teacher.

 

Having a package arrive from the States is always a welcome refresher.  Having friends or family arrive is renewal.  God used the Williamson family in ways they couldn’t even have imagined.  To share your vision, call, and ministry with someone brings new light, focus, energy and direction.  They were an uplifting presence and we are excited to follow God on our family’s journey.

 

In the month to come, we have a few events to mention.  Tomorrow, Sweet Surrender is host to the first community worship night.  A local group of missionary teens will be leading a small community of believers in a time of worship.  This is an exciting time and we are excited to see where God takes this event!

 

Next weekend, Sweet Surrender will co-host the 2nd youth night of this year.  Exciting times as we see a more unified youth within Kraków.  God is moving in this group and it is exciting to be part of His movement!  Fun Fact: Michelle is co-leading this event for the second time!

 

Sweet Surrender is also traveling to Warsaw for the Coffee Olympics!  Maybe not on the scale of the Winter Olympics, a barista from the shop in Poznan is participating in this Poland competition.  We are traveling to support, gain valuable coffee education, and have team building exercises to connect the Sweet Surrender Coffee shops.

 

As we pray for God’s leading in our family’s future, I feel God leading us towards a longer stay in Poland.  Though the timing may not be clear, the direction is.  God is pressing on my heart the need of monthly donors.  Monthly support, no matter the amount, ensures that my family can look to dwelling in our city in new ways.  Our goal is to raise our monthly support from $350/month to $3,000/month.  If you would like to help us achieve this goal, please go to our Nazarene Missionary Profile page here (tax-deductible):

http://web.nazarene.org/goto/TheGraves

 

Please continue to lift up these prayer requests:

  • 2nd Saturday Worship Night:  God’s presence, anointing of leadership
  • Youth Night:  God’s presence, anointing of leadership, good turnout
  • Moving:  As we house sit, then move to a new apartment.  That God would lead us in this pursuit.
  • Financial:  That we can raise 100% in monthly support/children’s tuition.
  • Michelle’s Family:  Unspoken
  • Michelle’s travel in April to travel home to help family in the States for two weeks.
  • Sweet Surrender Krakow:  As we hire new staff and transition from old to new crew.
  • Pray for our persevering neighbors of Ukraine. They need not only a revolution and independence…they need food, shelter and an honest reminder that they are not forgotten.
  • Loralie and Jack as they learn more about the Lord they become more concerned for the people in the world. Namely Ukraine. Loralie has faithfully prayed for “Our Ukraine” and insists we pray for “the little ones to go to bed with no food in their bellies.” – A prayer from a four-year-old!

 

Now that we have shared our needs for prayer, what can we pray for YOU about? We think of you often. We are grateful for you, our family, our friends, who have lifted us up in prayer. You have not only prayed for us but you have been the people who have pulled us aside to tell us we are not crazy for following His call on our lives. You have prayed for our little ones as they grow bigger and stronger and they are now noticing the world around them is not fair but Loralie and Jack know how GOOD God is. The prayers you lift up cover our family with peace as the Lord hears, He answers. Thanks to the beautiful support you give through your sacrifice we see the Lord moving here in Poland!

 

The Graves

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