We had another great group of Launchers this past month. Eight were here total and I took this picture of our newest team headed to India. They are a lot of fun to work with and I’m looking forward to seeing how God is going to use them. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin raising support.
Vol. X Issue VI February 2014
Coming Full Circle Last month I was so excited to learn that “S” from Kosova was coming to Launch, our missionary candidate orientation and training. Let me explain why. During the summer of 2006, I led a team of interns to the small, but not yet recognized country of Kosova (or Kosovo as you might be more familiar with). One of the missionary families we worked with had been in country since the late 1990s after the war had ended. If you recall the Orthodox Serbians tried to
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annihilate the Muslim Kosovars. America and the UN stepped in and helped end the genocide. The missionaries were warmly welcomed as Americans but had to be on guard as they were also Christian. Kosovars hated Christians after the war because the Serbians killed many in the name of Christ. They assumed all Christians were like the Orthodox Serbians and it has taken years of showing them Christ’s love, grace, and kindness to teach them otherwise. “S” lived next door to this missionary family. He watched them closely and realized they weren’t like the Serbians. There was something different about them. He became close friends with the missionary’s kids. After wrestling for years with what he was being taught as a young Muslim man and what he saw in the lives of the Christian family next door, he decided to follow Christ. The summer I lived in Kosova, “S” was baptized into Christ. It was the highlight of my summer. A few years later, he was blessed with the opportunity to study at Cincinnati Christian University where he just graduated. He wanted
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to learn, grow and be prepared so that when he went back to his homeland he could lead his people to Christ. He will be heading back to Kosova this month and serving alongside that same missionary family. There is still much hostility against Christians. The Kosovar believers have faced persecution from their family, friends, and the Muslim community. Mosques are even offering free tuition for young Kosovars to study in Turkish Mosques. “S” and the Kosovar church has their work cut out for them, but God will carry them through. Please keep him, the Kosovar church, and my Team Expansion coworkers in your prayers. www.facebook.com/teamexpansion www.facebook.com/emeraldhills @teamexpansion @shaunaruth77
Raymer Family News Being newly married and becoming a stepmom too, there come many transitions. Clayton and I are still getting the house organized and arranged. Elizabeth continues to make improvements adjusting. Every other weekend she spends several hours with her mom which is always mixed with loads of excitement and continued confusion. We enjoyed a couple of snow days this month and even made a giant snow man with Ritz cracker eyes (it was all I could find...)! We took Elizabeth to the Science Museum and I spent an afternoon with her at the library and feeding geese at a local park. ***Starting in the next week or two another big change begins. I will start taking care of Elizabeth during the day and working from home We’ve wrestled with and prayed about this decision and believe it is best for our family. Pray for us as I begin this new chapter in ministry.
Finished and Current Projects Here are a few of my latest projects:
PRAY Unreached People Group
Dayak, Lawangan of Indonesia • • • •
Population: Language: Religion: Evangelical:
119,000 Lawangan Islam 1.2%
Go to www.joshuaproject.net to learn more about unreached people groups and how to pray for them and for more harvest workers to go share the love of Jesus with them.
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A project in Arabic, redesigned The Visionary, 4 prayer cards for teammates, 8 prayer cards for each of our Pathways fields, and two brochures. And here are a few things I’m working on now: Design our annual Team Expansion report for board of trustees, 2 brochures, 3 prayer cards, 6 commitment cards, and more.
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Prayer Requests & Praises ✤
Pray for our family as I begin the transition of taking care of Elizabeth and working at home. Pray she and I find a routine and that I’ll be able to get organized and stay on top of my projects. Pray for “S” and the other Kosovar believers as they face persecution because of their faith. Pray they will stand firm, be bold, and full of integrity and His light as trials come.
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Every year this time, I watch as stores fill up with Valentine's Day chocolates, marshmallow bunny rabbits, and ads for Victoria's Secret. How did we get here? The message I WISH the world would hear in regard to Feb. 14th is "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son," but sometimes, they just don't seem to want to listen. And in other regions, maybe they aren't listening because no one is telling them. Your favorite Team Expansion worker joined this global eﬀort because they wanted everyone to have a chance to hear the message of Christ's love. Thanks to your help and prayers, Valentine's Day 2014 can have an eternal impact. That's a LOT more than we can say for chocolate bunnies. Even if they do taste good for a while. God bless your month. Doug Lucas
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Current supporting churches: FCC of Lake Butler (FL), Discovery CC (FL), FCC of Orange Park (FL)Southeast CC (KY), Union Chapel CC (IN)