Todd and Karen Dinius

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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An update from the Dinius family on their ministry to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 2019

Ministry Update in Bosnia

Our new co-workers, Michael and Lia Strand, arrived in Sarajevo in August with three of their five children. They are settling into their home, adjusting to the culture, and fully engaged in language study. The Strands are eager to meet their neighbors and see how God will use them to impact others through their language classes, kids’ schools, and a local church. We are so thankful that God has led them to our team, and ask your prayers for their adjustment, language study, and witness in the community.

We received discouraging news that the church plant in Ilidza which we have been a part of the entire time we have been in Bosnia is really struggling. There are now only 5 Bosnians meeting regularly for Bible study. This church plant has had many ups and downs over the past several years, and they are thinking about rejoining their “mother” church in Sarajevo. Ilidza is a small town outside of Sarajevo that has become a central place for many Arabs and Turks. Please pray for this small church to make an impact and bring the light of Christ to their neighbors.

Petula is the main worker at our center, The Source, as we and another co-worker, Laura, are on home assignment. We are thankful that God has provided some interns to help at the center. Still, Petula is busy with running the English classes for adults and kids, along with other events like the Film Seminar which is taking place right now. Please pray for God to work in the lives of all who come to the center for classes and other activities. Pray for ongoing favor, spiritual conversations, and God’s continued provision of help.

Mark and Kathy Eikost have been faithfully serving the churches in Zenica and Vares. They also assist a national pastor in planting churches in unreached villages in the Serb half of the country. Two people who are seeking to know more about Jesus are regularly attending the church in Zenica. Please pray for God’s work in their lives and for their salvation! Please also pray for more workers for the ministry in Vares and the other villages where they are hoping to plant churches. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few!

Family Update

Karen began taking a new medication that just completed clinical trials this summer. The goal of this drug is to hinder the growth and spread of the cancer. She had a MRI in August and another in early October. Both scans showed that the drug is helping, as all the tumors have shrunk some! The main side effect from this drug is fatigue. Otherwise Karen is doing well. We would love your ongoing prayers for God’s healing, strength and peace.

Todd has resumed traveling to Alliance churches on the weekends this fall to share about our work in Bosnia. He enjoys connecting with churches and encouraging their involvement in outreach both locally and globally. He has been very blessed by their support, responsiveness, and prayers. Todd has also been teaching a personal finance class for middle school students and is a frequent substitute teacher at our children’s school during the week. He appreciates the growing relationships with the teachers, staff, and other parents connected with this school.

Bethany was baptized in August at the C&MA church where we have been attending! It was such a wonderful celebration of what God is doing in her life! This school year she has also started to play the flute, found a new dance studio, and is babysitting on a weekly basis. She is really blossoming!

Joshua continues to love building things with cardboard or Legos! He is now participating in a Lego Robotics group that meets after school. He is constantly thinking about designing buildings, boats, city plans, etc. He has also enjoyed playing soccer during and after school, and the grass in our yard shows it!

Kaitlyn is still her jovial, sweet self! She loves to read, be outdoors, and do whatever her siblings are doing. She enjoys cooking, baking, gymnastics, and a variety of sports.

Thanks so much for your partnership in prayer for our family personally and our team's ministry in Bosnia. We deeply appreciate all of you!

Todd, Karen, Bethany, Joshua & Kaitlyn Dinius

tkdinius@gmail.com or karen.dinius@gmail.com

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If you would like to partner with us financially, please consider a gift to our support fund. This fund covers the bulk of our living and ministry expenses, including apartment rent, salary, and regular ministry expenses. Your gifts here are part of the larger Great Commission Fund which supports Alliance international workers all around the world. You can give online here using the button on the right side of this page. Thank you!

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please pray for the following:
* The Strand’s adjustment to Bosnia, language study, and their witness to their instructors and neighbors.
* The church in Ilidza to be the light of Christ to the locals and tourists in their community.
* Petula’s strength and wisdom as she leads The Source and for the Lord to work in the lives of those who are connected with the center.
* The Eikost’s to have fruitful ministry in the cities and villages they are visiting, and for new churches to be planted.
* Karen’s healing, strength, and peace.
* Todd to encourage Alliance churches in their missions involvement, and his teaching role in the local school.
* Our children to continue to grow in their relationship with the Lord, and for them to know the peace of God in times of uncertainty.

Via Facebook we have created a private group as a means to send out more frequent prayer requests to a team of people committed to praying for us purposefully and regularly. If you feel led to join this team, then please send either Karen or Todd a friend request and message on Facebook.

Bosnia

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Updated: October 24, 2019

Children's Names
Bethany
Joshua
Kaitlyn
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Bosnia

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