January 25, 2018

Dear partners in ministry,

Thank you again for standing with us as we enter a new season of opportunity. We are so grateful for your prayers and support and friendship! In January, Paul visited several schools in the Netherlands, some of which sent students teams to the Student Leadership Conference for the first time last September. It was a blessing to hear from these students, to pray with them and encourage them as they are still working to implement their action plans. They are facing the normal opposition in their schools as they feel unable to influence the spiritual climate as much as they would like. But God is always working in ways we do not readily perceive; a small group of committed students has great potential. Please pray for them. You can read more details about these visits here


with students in Holland

Thank you for praying for Ellie and the boys in their daily routine and relationships and our continued ministry to those around us. There are several new opportunites and responsibilities with Silas now in middle school. The boys continue to study piano, Silas is in basketball and Ellie meets with various teachers and friends to ecourage and pray with them. We continue to enjoy 2 house groups, one that meets in our home every 2 weeks and another that we began attending 5 years ago. These provide good opportunities to study God's Word together, to pray and encourage one another in our daily walk and relationships and develop ministry to others in need.


New Year's Eve celebrations

Paul also attended meetings with 20 other leaders in Christian education from 11 countries at the European Parliament in Brussels. This was the 6th annual meeting of this group and a great opportunity to pray together, encourage each other, renew our friendships and hear reports of what God is doing in our countries through Christian education. Of course there are challenges, but we recognize that God is also working through those challenges to use His people in their communities and increase our dependence upon Him. Please pray for faithfulness to share love and truth, even with civil servants that do not understand the purpose of Christian education and may even be very hostile to the Gospel in this secular society. You can read a detailed report about these meetings here.


Meetings in the EU Parliament

The year ended well for us financially with a few large gifts in December. This basically covered the cost of our need for a different vehicle and the expenses of other months with income below our expenses. We are so grateful for your part in this. You can see a summary of gifts and expenses for the last 18 months on this page.

  • Please pray for online courses as Paul leads some of these in February and April.
  • Please pray for Ellie's continuing ministries at school and the boys in their daily studies and friendships.
  • Please pray for 3 regional school leadership conferences in February and March.
  • Please pray for continuing financial support for this ministry.
  • Please pray for Paul's preparation as he will be speaking at ECA in Spain this April for their spiritual emphasis week.

with friends in Brussels

May God guide you and provide for all your needs as you face another busy year. May He open doors of blessing and ministry for you that you did not expect! Remember, you can always connect with us on our US phone, 1 239-234-4606 or by e-mail at madsen@journeyofjoy.org. Thank you!

In the Journey of Joy,
Paul, Ellie, Silas & Timothy Madsen
Serving in Europe
with RCE International and ACSI