Here’s what happened in October 2015:
- Dervin and Marlin took a group of 14 of our GTE students to the U.S. for two weeks. They returned to Poland on October 12 and all of them reported a fantastic time. A highlight for our students was being able to stay with families in the Lancaster area. They visited New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Niagara Falls.
- On October 23, the group that had visited the U.S. gave a report on their trip to the rest of the students. They also presented their tour leaders with gifts of thanks, a suitcase for Dervin and a tennis racket for Marlin. They’re already asking about another trip next year!
- Being in the U.S. and staying with Christians has led to questions from some of the students about what we believe and why we live the way we do.
- Lolita and Heather traveled to Holland for the funeral of Gerrit Baken, a friend of their family since they lived in Belgium years ago. He had been active in smuggling Bibles to closed countries in the past.
- Poland held a parliamentary election on October 25. This resulted in a definite shift to the right for Poland’s government. The party that won the majority is socially conservative and skeptical of the European Union, but supports social spending and taxing the wealthy. The flood of immigrants pouring into Europe from Syria and other countries is having a definite impact on many people’s views of their country’s policies.
- We’re honored that the mayor of Minsk and several city hall employees are studying English at GTE. Pray that we can use these opportunities for God’s glory!
Financial and Material Needs
We need, on average, $5,000 more in donations per month than we have received during the last few months. Each month we need around $13,000. Our current funds on hand should cover expenses for the rest of October. According to our projections we will enter November with few available funds.
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