These last few weeks have provided a much needed break from our routine as well as an opportunity to refocus our hearts and our vision for the coming year. We pray that you have also had opportunities to be with family, to be a blessing in new situations and renew your vision for ministry.
In Ecuador we were able to reconnect with many people and visit 2 churches. Paul and Ellie were guests on a Christian radio program to share about ministries in Europe and the challenges and opportunities of communication in the family setting. Paul was able to preach in Spanish. Silas and Timothy made great memories with their cousins and grew in their Spanish conversation skills. Thank you for your prayers for this special time with Ellie’s family after 4 years!
Please pray for the coming school year and wisdom in balancing our time and energy each day. There are many concerns but we know that God will faithfully provide and guide us as we stay close to Him. Pray for Silas and Timothy as they continue to grow and learn in a new year of school and in their love for Jesus and passion to serve others. Pray for Ellie as she interacts with many teachers, students and parents at school, some of whom are a challenge. Pray for Paul with many leadership and teaching responsibilities. Pray as he prepares for the Student Leadership Conference with the ACSI team at the end of September and teaching in online classes during October and November. Pray for the church we attend that is going through some difficult transitions and that we can be a blessing to the people there and provide some spiritual and emotional stability.
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 and train new teachers, work on professional development and consider ways to invest in their students at many levels.
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 email@example.com. Thank you!
In the Journey of Joy,
Paul, Ellie, Silas & Timothy Madsen
Serving in Europe
with RCE International and ACSI