June 25, 2018

Dear partners in ministry,

We are especially thankful for the conclusion of a busy school year. The boys have done very well this year and grown in several areas. They look forward to continued reading, music practice and fun with friends and family during the summer. Ellie is very grateful for some time with her family this summer! We will all benefit from this time with them and Paul will also have a chance to preach in Spanish there. Please pray that we will be a blessing and encouragement and that the boys will do well with their Spanish conversations.

Summer is an opportunity for a change of pace and sometimes a change of scenery but hopefully not for a vacation from learning or growth! As we enjoy focused time with family and friends this summer, we want to remember who we are, what God has done in our lives and what He has called us to.

Exodus begins with a sad statement "Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph." (Exodus 1:8, ESV) Even after all that Joseph did for Egypt with the wisdom that God gave him, the Pharaoh did not remember or actually chose to forget. From that point on, God constantly reminds His people through Moses and later the judges and the prophets of who He is and who they are.

We also want to create a culture of remembering - remembering God's goodness and promises to us, remembering His commands which are for our blessing, remembering those who have invested in us, remembering our responsibility to serve for God's glory and not for our own.


Paul served on a school accreditation visit in Istanbul in May. These visits help ACSI schools evaluate what they are doing well and how they can improve as they teach children from a biblical worldview. Paul was also able to connect with a former student from ECA and others who have attended the Student Leadership Conference now working in Istanbul.

Please continue to pray for the ministry of Christian education in Europe. There is a growing history of Christ-centered education now in many countries. The challenge is to balance institutional and cultural history with the current needs of the community and effective teaching methods. Please pray for many schools as they plan for the coming year, hire teachers, work on professional development and consider ways to invest in their students at many levels.


Friends and end of year activities in Hungary

Pray for our continued growth in wisdom and spiritual discernment during these summer months as we study God's Word and spend time together as a family.
Please pray for intentional and meaningful interactions with extended family and friends this summer.
Pray for safety as we travel quite a bit before returning to Hungary in a few short weeks.
Please continue to pray for financial support for this ministry. There have been a few extra gifts in the last few months that have been very helpful!
Pray for our continued communication with school leaders and planning during the summer months.
Please pray for the Student Leadership Conference at the end of September. SLC registration is full with nearly 400 participants from 40 Christian schools across Europe and Central Asia.

Please let us know how we can pray for you. 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