June Partners Update
A Month of Changes
June was a month we were all looking forward to and dreading at the same time! The early part of the month was filled with visitors from the States.
Matt and Deborah Gingerich were here for ten days in early June. Matt lived here for 3 years and taught in our school. It was obvious that he invested his time and talents well during those years. His hard work on the language is still paying off as he was able to communicate with friends and the church family as well as translating Polish conversations for his new wife. They celebrated their first anniversary while in Poland. We are grateful for their diligent service on the current AIM board.
Smucker Sons’ Visit
John and Laura Smucker’s three boys are now fine young men and they came back for a visit with two of their friends. They were in Minsk for a week and did a lot of projects helping church families and their hosts do some painting and cleanup. They even got to help a local family start a treehouse for their little boys! Once again it was encouraging to see them connecting with family friends from past years. Those who have served here over the years have left a very positive testimony behind and we believe God is calling some of you back to continue building his church through these relationships.
Hosting JoElla’s Grandmother
It was a grand privilege to host JoElla’s grandmother, Sadie Kinsinger, and her Uncle and Aunt, Phil and Kathy Yoder for a few days. Grandma’s visit was a special gift. She had her 82nd birthday with us here in Poland.
Lavern Hershberger’s family left Poland for a six month home assignment in the US. We really miss them at church. No matter how loud we sing we can’t replace the gorgeous singing of their family and the stellar job of translating that Lavern usually does each Sunday. This is a new experience for the church family and two brothers are stepping up to the plate to organize and lead the church during this time.
Financial and Personnel Needs
The end of English lessons for the summer means that we depend entirely on donations from now until the end of September. We have some funds on hand in preparation for those “dry” months, but we will need nearly $10,000 per month in donations to meet the ongoing expenses.
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