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France

After much prayer and conversation with trusted friends, we’ve decided to retire from our ministry in France a year earlier than planned. Our place now is near our daughter, Elissa, who is battling cancer. On Sunday mornings, looking around at those gathered in the church we planted in 2009 (Eglise Protestante Internationale, or EPI), we have felt that our task is finished. The Spirit has told us, “You have done your job. You can go now without regret.”

This June, we will return to the United States and serve with Alliance Missions for two more years, visiting churches to share what God has done. He has provided a pastoral couple for EPI, raised up leaders, and established the long-awaited College of Prayer in France. We are trusting Him as He continues to build His Church in this nation where we have lived and served for 31 years.

Intercede for our daughter’s total healing and our smooth transition to the United States. Pray also for the salvation of people in our network who have yet to come to Christ.

—Brad and Tina Reynolds

Mongolia

Nearly 30 years ago, Mongolia opened to the possibility of gospel proclamation. The Mongolian church is maturing. Twenty years ago, The Alliance planted its first church in Darhan. Last year we celebrated God’s faithfulness to this congregation.

The church leader invited to the service many members who had immediately received the gospel with joy but now are no longer attending church. The promise of employment often pulls people away from Christ in this country with severe unemployment, as the lure of alleviating financial burdens often comes with the cost of working seven days a week. The leader of the church plant we’re part of has stopped attending because of frustration, fatigue, and work.

Despite all this, we know the Lord’s steadfast love never ceases. Would you pray with us for unwavering commitment to Christ in Mongolian believers and for revival and growth in the church?

—Ryan Currie

Thailand

After returning to Bangkok last year following home assignment, Keith enrolled in a PhD program and we started building relationships with the intention of planting a Thai church. One of the first things we did was to seek a national partner. We searched everywhere to no avail. Other doors closed—every potential lead went nowhere.

Yet through Keith’s PhD program, we were able to start a campus Christian group that meets weekly and has about 12 members. Because they come from nine different countries, this left us asking: “Didn’t we come here to reach the Thai people?” But as doors continued to close and this group continued to develop, we decided to invest in this international student population. 

We plan to open a center near the university to provide free English teaching, host events, and run a church plant. We will start with an international worship service in English but also have a Thai Bible study—and we hope a Thai service eventually.

Pray that God will bless this endeavor and that many will commit their lives to Him through this ministry.

—Sarah Neigenfind

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