The ITI recently passed a milestone—our 100th global training. It’s possible that we could be close to doubling that number by year’s end. It was reason to celebrate and acknowledge God’s hand. This continues to amaze us. Trainings just took place in several locations in Peru, Cairo and Upper Egypt, Austria, and Kenya. We continue to have ITI graduates as teachers, while at the same time, we have become more intentional in training teams of global intercessors. Please pray for these leaders. Pray also for resources as financial and personnel needs grow alongside these opportunities. This month also marked the beginning of ITI-U.S. There was enthusiasm among the initial sixty leaders who attended. Our teachers remarked about the strangeness of teaching in English!
God talks about doing new things, making things new, and even recreating us as new. It seems we find ourselves facing some of that newness as a regular part of our lives at Network Beyond. It’s wonderful! New people, places, and partnerships.
First, a little context … Refugee resettlement brought many people from many places to our country. Our own Colorado community is home to people from fifty nations, speaking many languages. One of those people groups is the Karenni Burmese people of Myanmar. Several years ago, local Karenni people embraced Jesus as their Savior, and a church was formed. It continues today.
As leaders from Burma connected with their people here, we learned of an association of 47 churches and 6,000 people back in Myanmar. We also learned of a need they faced—developing leaders.
As a result, The International Training Institute (ITI) began in Burma.
Our initial class of twenty-five was young, attentive, and eager to learn. These leaders represent the future of the Karenni church in Burma. God favored us with good translators and growing relationships, even with significant cultural differences. Plans are in place for the next series of classes.
We’re thankful for these new friends in our Network Beyond family. Pray for God's continued direction for them plus vision to reach nearby people groups with the Gospel. Burma still has unengaged tribal groups—some Buddhist, some animist—who know nothing of Jesus.
In addition to developing leaders, Network Beyond remains committed to works of compassion and justice, along with disciple-making and church planting globally. Would you pray over the following important needs?
• A team leaves this week to work in India. We support a vibrant church and organization in India that cares for young girls rescued from the pain of sex trafficking. The team will work with our friends there who are expanding their work, both with minor-aged girls and young women.
• Our Ugandan initiative leader (Kelly) has encountered a serious health issue. Pray for her healing as she desires to return to Uganda.
• A work in a sensitive region of the world needing Jesus has struggled. Local leaders have received some training, but obstacles remain. It is a dangerous, but needed work.
• One of our partners desires to expand their work in reaching unengaged people groups in Africa. Plans call for expansion in North Africa and parts of West Africa. The specific need is for $12,500 for equipping/training centers on the continent.
• The Girls’ Rescue Center in Kenya will soon celebrate 10 years of rescuing young girls from forced marriages and ritual abuse. It is a good and needed work.
• Our friends on the ground in Syria greet you and ask for your prayers. Recent fighting and bombings have impacted Christians. In a recent week, three church members in Damascus were killed. Our Syrian national leader is presently meeting with his leaders there and elsewhere in Syria. We are unsure of his ability to return to the United States.
Some of Network Beyond's work is "supportive"—with an amazing network of people who work faithfully in hard places. A team will soon leave to come alongside friends in India, caring for young women rescued from the horrible enslavement of the sex trade. Similar hope comes to young girls in Kenya at the Girls Rescue Center. The Gospel continues to move across Syria and Latin America through great partners there.
Ministry comes with challenges. We would value your prayers in these coming days. Specifically:
•Pray for a work developing slowly within a people group needing the Gospel. This work has been filled with setbacks. Four workers have now been trained, and look eager to serve. Pray for their safety and the advance of
•We recently submitted a $50,000 grant request to a Foundation. Another grant will be requested from a second Foundation. With expansion, these gifts would be welcome. Pray for God to provide.
•Ask God to empower the many teams traveling and serving. One of our partners is moving into North Africa.
•Servants of Jesus face needs, wherever they live. Some are wrestling with personal issues, health concerns, finances, and spiritual battles. Pray for God's protection and help.
Thanks for praying!
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