June-July Partners Update
Staff travels and changes
Alex Yoder ended his two-year term of service and returned to the US on June 30. We are grateful for and miss Alex’s kind, thoughtful contributions to our community and school.
The European Union’s external borders are still closed to tourists, but several of our staff were able to travel in June. Jaden and Jewel Kilmer began a two-month furlough, Kristin Herrin took a four-week furlough, and the Matt and Deborah Gingerich family spent two weeks in the USA for a family wedding. They were all grateful for the chance to travel and to renew relationships with family and friends.
Currently, we are trying to navigate travel restrictions that limit the arrival of new volunteers, as non-residents of the EU are barred from entering Poland. These new restrictions mean extra legal work so that we can get new volunteers into the country.
We are happy to continue partnering with Eastern European Mission to distribute Polish Bibles and Christian literature. EEM sent a new shipment of Bibles in July, with a total of 10,000 copies for our distribution. D, a brother from Warsaw, has already picked up 800 Bibles for further distribution. He works in several hospitals, giving him the opportunity to have conversations with many people about the Lord. He is able to give Bibles to other believers to support their ministries as well, such as a lady in Gdańsk who is engaged in ministry to Jews. It is exciting to be able to support Polish believers in ministry as they give out Bibles, but most of all we pray that people would have a hunger to read God’s word. If you would like to contribute to this project, please give directly to EEM.
For the last several years, one of our church members, Agnieszka, has been caring for a local family. This household consists of an elderly, bedfast grandmother, her widowed daughter, and teenage granddaughter. After working very hard to raise money to build a new house, they are nearly ready to move in, but they needed some help to paint and prepare the new house. They are very excited about their new house as recent torrential rains have been leaking through the roof of their old house and threatening to bring down parts of their ceiling. Some of our church helped with the painting project one evening.
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