“The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
· Online Prayer Gatherings – Praise God for the ongoing online prayer gatherings that I am participating in regularly.
One of these gatherings is led by a key partner in the Philippines who are focused on church planting among Muslims. This time with them this past month greatly ministered to my soul. We were urged through II Corinthians 4:7-18 to not lose heart in the trials we face, but to keep our eyes on the eternal.
A second prayer gathering this past month, being led by Mark, one of the ReachGlobal staff I coach, is Pray Taiwan – a hour long prayer time focused on praying for the EFC Taiwan Initiatives. The next two gatherings are scheduled for April 30 at 7:30 PM CST and June 11 at 7:30 PM CST. If you want to join us praying for Taiwan, please let me know. I will send you the Zoom invitation. We need more prayer warriors.
· Church Planter Catalyst Training –
o Urgent Prayer – Please pray for Ameet and Rajendra, two of the Indian Church Planter Catalysts that I am coaching. They are sick with Covid-19. Ameet has been hospitalized with difficulty breathing. My last text with Ameet, seems to indicate that he has turned a corner and is improving. Pray for complete healing for Ameet and Rajendra. Pray also for protection over Ameet and Rajendra’s families that they would not get sick.
o Last week we met as a large group for a 2 hour online training with all the Church Planter Catalysts from South Asia cohort who are participating. This week I am meeting with at least Kirpal and Raj for an individual coaching time with them. I will not meet with Ameet and Rajendra for this individual coaching time until they recover from their illness. Pray that everyone would learn and apply the things being taught through the reading, cohort training, individual coaching, and peer group gatherings.
Our ministry partners in the Philippines – As the Covid 19 pandemic continues to rage worldwide, it is still on the rise in a number of Asian countries including the Philippines. It has become extremely challenging for some of our Filipino partners. The Evangelical Theological College of the Philippines (ETCP) is one of those partners. They train Christian educators and church pastors. For a number of years now the basic operations of ETCP have been locally self-sustainable. But now because of Covid-19, student enrollment has drastically dropped. This has impacted the school financially. ReachGlobal has a long history of working with ETCP – so the Lord has led us to provide some financial assistance to help them through this time of crisis with the goal to return ETCP to that place of self-sustainability. Our assistance will go to provide for teacher and staff salaries, student scholarships, and other basic operation costs. Please pray! If the Lord would lead you to contribute to this need, please give to: ETCP Covid Relief – Account #2300-5618
By check: EFCA ReachGlobal, 901 E78th Street Minneapolis, MN 55420
Pray also for Pastor Rey’s son who has a brain tumor. Pastor Rey is the president of the ETCP. Ask God for healing. This has been an extremely challenging time for Pastor Rey and his family.
· EFC Taiwan Initiatives – Continue praying for the collaborative church planting effort we learning how to launch in Taiwan. I am playing an important role in shaping direction as I work alongside the Steering Committee. Ask God to raise up and send people to serve with us in Taiwan.
Health concerns for Andy – Please continue to pray for my health. Still no clear diagnosis on the health issues I am experiencing. We are thankful that tests the past few weeks have eliminated some potentially serious diagnoses. But the doctors are still probing. I have additional tests and appointments at Mayo both in Eau Claire and in Rochester over the next month. Ask God to keep our eyes on Him through this journey. Please ask God to provide a clear diagnosis, healing, strength, and confidence in His care.
Grateful for you!
Andy Krause ReachGlobal Asia Asia Division Leadership Team & Leader of Strategic Partnerships