“The Lord will give you prosperity in the land He swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops,” Deuteronomy 28:11 (NLT).
“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety,”
2 Corinthians 1:11 (NLT).
Two weeks ago, we were blessed to move into the new building God has provided for the ministry team here in Colorado Springs. Before our move, 20 Christian leaders prayed over the new space and discussed spirit-led strategies for the future. It was exciting to not only smell the dust, but to hear the echo of The Lord’s Prayer resound in unison through our future home! Glancing out the windows at the beautiful panoramic view of Pikes Peak, I could only hope that God would truly use it as a global center for His glory. And He truly has. Our new space is more proof of the Lord’s abundant kindness and we are grateful for the many ways in which He continues to grow the ministry.
God has also been faithful in future planning! At our conference this summer in Singapore, a unique blend of Christian leaders from different denominations underscored unity in the Body. The conference featured next-level training in Management and M28 discipleship outreach for both staff and returnees––47 of whom attended for a special time of fellowship, testimony and equipping. Friend, would you please pray in earnest dedication for these returnees. Because of all the missionary expulsions worldwide, the Church’s only viable option is to send back Christians in “ordinary” occupations.
Not too long ago, I learned more about the risks for returnees at the first-ever International Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians. More than 600 leaders from 136 countries witnessed high-ranking government officials and key Senators announce legislation supporting religious freedom for all people––most notably, persecuted Christians.
We also heard deeply-moving accounts from survivors of martyred brothers and sisters in Libya, Pakistan, Turkey and other countries, describing how richly God has sustained them through unspeakable suffering. Today, over 200,000 Christians live in some level of persecution somewhere in the world. This decade has been the worst in recorded history, creating over one million martyrs.
Why is this important? International Students, Inc. returnees go back to these very same countries. Our future outreach requires that we equip our students to deal with persecution––and we’re doing exactly that. We’re working hard to discern new spirit-led strategies for a suddenly and rapidly changing globe.
If you value this kind of strategic, global leadership for the Gospel, then please continue to faithfully pray for International Students, Inc. Your prayers will travel across the planet to directly shape the lives and ministries of tomorrow’s leaders––today! Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate you!
“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety,” 2 Corinthians 1:11 (NLT).
For More Information
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