Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Please Pray for Dougg and LeAnn Custer

Please be praying for Dougg and LeAnn Custer during COVID-19:

  1. Our daughter, Katrina, who teaches at Black Forest Academy (BFA), is out of quarantine and with us for a few days as she begins her year-long home assignment. Every 6th year, she has to deregister and leave Germany for 366 days in order to keep her US social security. Pray for her as she is seeking God’s will about returning to BFA or going to another mission school. She is also in need of more financial partners.
  2. Dougg and his team are happy that the decision has been made for an in-person Discover WorldVenture Weekend on October 23 – 25! Of course, new protocols will be in place, and it will look a little different than previous weekends. But it is anticipated that it will be a meaningful time for those who attend. 
  1. For people who receive invitations to come to the weekend; space is limited to 20
  2. For safety and good health in travel and during the meetings themselves
  3. For those who are organizing the in-person interactions, especially with all of the Covid-19 precautions that need to be put into place to meet safely
  4. For meaningful connections between those who attend and those who are introducing WorldVenture and challenging people to consider missions
  5. That God would use this gathering to send more people into His harvest field 
The Cultural and Ministry Preparation training that was to be held in October, however, has been postponed until January, with the hope that it can be held in person. Since there are several missionaries planning to leave the end of January, the training will be conducted online if we can’t gather together. 

       6. Pray for Dougg’s training team as they are making plans for how to handle this vital ministry preparation over the internet if need be.

As the fall 2020 semester moves toward starting on college campuses around the country, please continue to pray for WorldVenture mobilizers as they seek to creatively reach out to students and other contacts they have at various schools. In a different approach to connecting with students, Gordon Ellison, a WorldVenture mobilizer, requests prayer for a new initiative at various colleges and universities with which WorldVenture has a working relationship. Since so many campuses are presently closed to outside guests, this would involve a ZOOM call with interested students who respond to an invitation to sign up for a one-hour presentation related to discerning God's will for their lives and their futures. 

        7.  Pray for receptivity to the proposal on the part of the representatives ("gatekeepers") on these campuses and for interest among their students. 
        8. Continue to pray that God would open doors for mobilizers to connect with those whom God is calling to be harvest workers.

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