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Did you know that Latvia celebrates its independence on two days? These holidays remind of us of the tumultuous 20th century that Latvians endured, proclaiming independence in 1918 after World War 1, only to be annexed by the USSR and eventually restore independence in 1991. Jonathan and Deborah Bourbeau serve in Latvia, as well as providing borderless services to the broader GEM family as part of the Spiritual Life Team. They split their time between Latvia and Canada, in serving both the people of Latvia and our missionary community. Let’s pray for the Bourbeaus, including daughter Laura, as they follow God’s leading in faithful obedience. Pray for health and safety as they serve, and for wisdom and energy. Pray for the people of Latvia and pray for the Spiritual Life Team as they help our missionary family continue to grow in their walk with the Lord. We serve out of the fullness of our relationship with God!

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Instagram post 17950468799208473 Ten months ago, Russia began wreaking havoc in Ukraine, displacing many Ukrainians into surrounding countries and beyond. With emotions running high and uncertainty still in the air, this Christmas season will undoubtedly present its own set of significant and hard challenges and change. Together, let’s meet some of these brave refugees currently in Romania as they reveal how they’ll be embracing this year’s holiday season.

First, let’s meet Holly - a global worker currently serving in Craiova, Romania. She serves specifically in the refugee ministry, translating when needed and visiting regularly with the refugees. Listening to, praying for, and serving the Ukrainian refugees has built trust, making space for them to comfortably and openly share their unique outlooks on Christmas with Holly - and with us!

While it is true that some don’t even know which country they’ll be in come Christmas - never mind what they’ll do to celebrate - there are some, like Olga, Nastya, Marina, Liudmila, and Anna, who are considering their options and still plan to commemorate the holiday.

Olga, from Nikolaev, is presently in Romania with her son. With an aching soul and longing to be back home, she still plans to celebrate. “To keep up the traditions, to remember home and loved ones, we’re going to prepare the twelve dishes: Kutia from wheat, with poppy seeds, nuts, honey, raisins, prunes, and varenyky and cabbage rolls with bacon. It’s all shared with family, but this time it’s just me and my son. Of course, we’ll have a video call with relatives, but we [won’t] show them our table, because in Ukraine they won’t have what we have.”

...To read more of their stories and learn how you can be praying for those impacted by the war in Ukraine as well as those strategically supporting Ukrainian refugees, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “A Ukrainian Refugee Christmas Away from Home.”

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Ten months ago, Russia began wreaking havoc in Ukraine, displacing many Ukrainians into surrounding countries and beyond. With emotions running high and uncertainty still in the air, this Christmas season will undoubtedly present its own set of significant and hard challenges and change. Together, let’s meet some of these brave refugees currently in Romania as they reveal how they’ll be embracing this year’s holiday season.

First, let’s meet Holly - a global worker currently serving in Craiova, Romania. She serves specifically in the refugee ministry, translating when needed and visiting regularly with the refugees. Listening to, praying for, and serving the Ukrainian refugees has built trust, making space for them to comfortably and openly share their unique outlooks on Christmas with Holly - and with us!

While it is true that some don’t even know which country they’ll be in come Christmas - never mind what they’ll do to celebrate - there are some, like Olga, Nastya, Marina, Liudmila, and Anna, who are considering their options and still plan to commemorate the holiday.

Olga, from Nikolaev, is presently in Romania with her son. With an aching soul and longing to be back home, she still plans to celebrate. “To keep up the traditions, to remember home and loved ones, we’re going to prepare the twelve dishes: Kutia from wheat, with poppy seeds, nuts, honey, raisins, prunes, and varenyky and cabbage rolls with bacon. It’s all shared with family, but this time it’s just me and my son. Of course, we’ll have a video call with relatives, but we [won’t] show them our table, because in Ukraine they won’t have what we have.”

...To read more of their stories and learn how you can be praying for those impacted by the war in Ukraine as well as those strategically supporting Ukrainian refugees, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “A Ukrainian Refugee Christmas Away from Home.”

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This month, will you join us in praying for Poland?

While Poland has been rated one of the most religious countries in Europe, less than 1% of Poles value faith as necessary for a successful life. In a country of nearly 38 million people, there is only one Evangelical church for every 75,000 people, with 90% of municipalities having none. Though Catholic tradition still holds a significant place in family and cultural life, fewer people are drawing real-life applications from it.

Believers in Poland know that God wants to touch the hearts and lives of Poles. Many of the locals are searching for some kind of spiritual reality, looking often to pagan, Wiccan, or New Age teachings. Though some desire to know more about the Good News, many are resistant to the Gospel due to either their cultural Catholicism or their spiritual apathy.

Young people of today struggle with secular materialism more than ever before, but many are realizing that these goods and riches neither bring true satisfaction nor solutions to life’s problems. In fact, many struggle with violence, immorality, and meaninglessness in society. Thankfully, Polish evangelicals, though few in number, are becoming more aware of the need to reach out to their communities with Christ’s love.

Great opportunity exists to minister to Polish students at universities. Outreaches among the homeless, drug addicts and dysfunctional families are also needed. Church planting and discipleship ministries are currently having great success, but more workers are needed to partner with Polish believers. The doors are open for those whom God is calling to make a difference in Poland.

◾️ Pray that God will call more workers to Poland, the country with the fewest number of missionaries per capita.
◾️ Pray that Polish evangelicals will grow in their desire to reach society by ministering creatively, and multiplying disciples of Jesus.
◾️ Many young people have left Poland in search of a better life. Pray that older Christian leaders will identify and mentor young leaders.

To learn more about how you can partner with us and support our ongoing efforts in Europe, click the link in our bio!

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Have you ever wondered what it means to be a prayer partner for a missionary or ministry? Perhaps you’ve even wondered if prayer is an effective source of support?

We believe that none of our work will have eternal significance apart from prayer and our ministries are only effective with God’s help. It’s worth saying, however, that prayer doesn’t change things; prayer is calling on the God who changes things! And when we say that it's God who changes things, we acknowledge two things. First, that our prayers aren't incantations; prayer isn't about saying things a particular way to get a particular response. As we pray ‘Thy will be done’ and draw near to the Lord through prayer, our hearts (and prayers) begin to shift and align with the heart and purposes of God. Second, that our Lord Jesus, the one true God, who knows what we need and loves us so much, invites us to call on His name.

Let’s consider what Scripture tells us. 1 John 5:14-15 reveals that we serve a God who not only wants to hear from us, but also respond to us. Romans 8:34, 1 John 2:1, and Hebrews 7:25 all reveal Christ’s role as our advocate, interceding on our behalf while at the right hand of God. Christ Himself demonstrates the value of intercession – and it is only through Him that our prayers can be heard and answered.

We spoke with Luke Baublet and Leslie Hall, GEM workers in Europe, about how they prioritize prayer in their ministries. They understand that going directly to the Father is the most effective way to see meaningful impact within their work.

…to read about God’s faithfulness and how He has answer their prayers, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “The Importance of Prayer Partnership in Missions.”

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While the Christian Church in North America continues to mass-produce gymnasiums, stadiums, atriums, and chic cafés, it's both convicting and refreshing to read about the makeshift orphanages, hospitals, clinics, and schools being put together in Eastern Europe. (We used to do that; what happened?)

Click through to be inspired by what's happening to help these dear people displaced by the intense conflict in Ukraine. Greater Europe Mission - Canada is doing some incredible work and I'm proud to partner with them in it through prayer and finances. Can you consider helping, too?
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Posted withregram • gemissionca The amount of love and support the world has been showing Ukraine through their adversity has been inspiring. Although there are currently no GEM workers serving within Ukraine, labourers in the surrounding countries have been working tirelessly with the waves of incoming refugees. Many of the GEM workers who have stepped up are doing so alongside partnering agencies, showcasing a beautiful display of unity within the global church.

Interestingly, the countries seeing the most action have some of Europe’s highest number of believers. “Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine had some of the highest percentages of evangelical Christians before this conflict [ranging from 3-5% of the population],” GEM missionary Dwight Poggemiller states. “There’s not only a significant number of believers there, but they’re also very united… and it’s been a great example of the body of Christ working in unity and reaching out with Christ’s love.”

The people of Ukraine who have fled, now in the range of over 5 million people, depend on the compassion of strangers. This has become an amazing opportunity for the church to step up and show Christ’s love to those desperate for hope.

...to read stories from Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Spain, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “Practical and Spiritual Support of Ukrainian Refugees.”

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Instagram post 17877901721081859 A life of ministry and faithfulness! Howard and Caron Moore exemplify this life, and for those who have followed their story of ministry and faithfulness over the years, they know just how many places that has brought them to. Howard serves in mobilization, focusing specifically on Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This year has brought about some significant changes to how this ministry of coming alongside would-be new missionaries, and we're excited for the relationships and open doors that have come about. Pray that God will continue to lead and guide Howard and Caron in local ministries, in and outside the church, and that he will provide them with health to continue to enjoying these ministries as well as their children and grandchildren!

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A life of ministry and faithfulness! Howard and Caron Moore exemplify this life, and for those who have followed their story of ministry and faithfulness over the years, they know just how many places that has brought them to. Howard serves in mobilization, focusing specifically on Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This year has brought about some significant changes to how this ministry of coming alongside would-be new missionaries, and we're excited for the relationships and open doors that have come about. Pray that God will continue to lead and guide Howard and Caron in local ministries, in and outside the church, and that he will provide them with health to continue to enjoying these ministries as well as their children and grandchildren!

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Instagram post 17868557228109124 Last week, we prayed for Jason & Sue Holm, and part of their ministry involves working with refugees. To help with that, Alex Printis is mobilizing to serve with the Holms in Cologne, specifically leaning into refugee work. Right now, he's building a team of ministry partners who can pray for him and financially support him in this critical work. So many people have arrived in Europe from the 10-40 Window, often fleeing war, hunger, and the losses of homes and livelihoods. This creates a combination of new opportunities in Europe along with new challenges. Let's pray for Alex as he mobilizes to serve in this important work. Pray for patience in God's timing, for opportunities to continue personal spiritual development as he mobilizes for service, and pray for likeminded partners to come alongside him and participate in this ministry with him.

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Last week, we prayed for Jason & Sue Holm, and part of their ministry involves working with refugees. To help with that, Alex Printis is mobilizing to serve with the Holms in Cologne, specifically leaning into refugee work. Right now, he's building a team of ministry partners who can pray for him and financially support him in this critical work. So many people have arrived in Europe from the 10-40 Window, often fleeing war, hunger, and the losses of homes and livelihoods. This creates a combination of new opportunities in Europe along with new challenges. Let's pray for Alex as he mobilizes to serve in this important work. Pray for patience in God's timing, for opportunities to continue personal spiritual development as he mobilizes for service, and pray for likeminded partners to come alongside him and participate in this ministry with him.

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Instagram post 18188292532041549 A number of years ago, Matthew and Katarina met while serving at a church in Rostock, Germany. Their relationship blossomed after their return to North America, and years later, the seed that was planted in their hearts for the ministry and people of Rostock has continued to grow! Now married with baby Clara recently joining their team, Matthew and Katarina's passion for partnering with the church in this former Soviet bloc region is drawing ever closer! They're looking for others like them, whose hearts break at the thought of people growing up without hearing the gospel, to lock arms with them and help make their ministry possible. Let's pray for Matthew and Katarina, for the church that is awaiting their arrival, and for the financial partners to help make the gospel heard in difficult places!

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A number of years ago, Matthew and Katarina met while serving at a church in Rostock, Germany. Their relationship blossomed after their return to North America, and years later, the seed that was planted in their hearts for the ministry and people of Rostock has continued to grow! Now married with baby Clara recently joining their team, Matthew and Katarina's passion for partnering with the church in this former Soviet bloc region is drawing ever closer! They're looking for others like them, whose hearts break at the thought of people growing up without hearing the gospel, to lock arms with them and help make their ministry possible. Let's pray for Matthew and Katarina, for the church that is awaiting their arrival, and for the financial partners to help make the gospel heard in difficult places!

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Instagram post 17953831871193321 With the consistent rise in immigrants, tourists, and general movement of expats, there comes an equal rise in the need for language learning.

Learning a language takes time and often requires the prolonged company of both teachers and fellow students. The communal nature of language learning provides opportunities for networking, forming relationships, and having deeper conversations outside of the classroom. For those yearning to share God’s love with others, this is an ideal environment with many chances to talk with people who need the hope that Jesus offers.

Global workers Peggy and Heather are two of many who serve in a continually sought after, globally relevant, and always needed vocation - education.

...to read about their experience, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “Teaching English as a Ministry Tool for the Gospel.”

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With the consistent rise in immigrants, tourists, and general movement of expats, there comes an equal rise in the need for language learning.

Learning a language takes time and often requires the prolonged company of both teachers and fellow students. The communal nature of language learning provides opportunities for networking, forming relationships, and having deeper conversations outside of the classroom. For those yearning to share God’s love with others, this is an ideal environment with many chances to talk with people who need the hope that Jesus offers.

Global workers Peggy and Heather are two of many who serve in a continually sought after, globally relevant, and always needed vocation - education.

...to read about their experience, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “Teaching English as a Ministry Tool for the Gospel.”

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