Todd and Karen Dinius

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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An update from the Dinius family on their work in Bosnia Herzegovina, December 2017

Merry Christmas from the Dinius Family!

Dear Family and Friends,
We wish all of you a wonderful, joy-filled Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the hope, joy, and peace of Christ reign in your hearts and your minds this winter season!

Ministry Update
Todd and Karen have enjoyed leading separate boys’ and girls’ tween Bible studies this fall. The groups discussed themes such as God’s purpose, how we can be Jesus’ friend, and that we are God's masterpieces. The girls’ group had a Christmas outreach and four non-Christian friends came! We are blessed to have this opportunity to build up these young believers, equip them further in knowing who they are in Christ, and encourage them to share their faith with their friends.

Todd continues to preach monthly in two of the local churches in Sarajevo. His messages are well received as he shares from his pastoral gifts. We've had opportunities this fall to visit churches in two other cities: Jajce and Zenica. It is encouraging to see what God is doing through these small churches. Todd also joined other mission leaders and local pastors in organizing a special event on Oct. 31 for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Karen has been volunteering in our children’s school on a weekly basis. She is reading books aloud to both classes. The fourth to sixth grade class is listening to the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, and she picks a new theme each week for the first to third grade class. Karen has enjoyed being a part of the kids’ school and is building relationships with the students and teachers in this way. She also led presentations on Thanksgiving and spoke to the children about gratitude!

This past week our small church distributed over 500 packages via Operation Christmas Child to children in the community. Since our church space is small we held 10 presentations for 50-60 children each time. The children watched a puppet show based on the Bible story of Joseph. Todd and Bethany were two of the five puppeteers. Every child was invited to come back for a Kids’ Club that will take place in early January during the schools' winter break. Karen will be co-leading the club, during which the children will learn about Jesus. Many of the families that attended the puppet show have never been to a church before. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s work in their hearts and lives and that some of the children will return for the Kids' Club.

The Source Center Update
We are encouraged by the doors God is opening for us through the relationships we are building through the center. Due to the goodwill and trust we have developed over the years, we are having deeper and more frequent spiritual discussions with our clients. Two of our adult English students on their initiative asked for and began reading Bibles this fall! And many of the children and their parents that come for our English Kids Corner program express how much they feel loved and cared for by our team. Please be in prayer for continued spiritual conversations with our English clients, the Kids Corner children and their parents.

Once again our annual Thanksgiving Open House was a big hit! We welcomed over 125 guests that evening and enjoyed sharing with them about our American holiday and the virtue of gratitude.

Family Update
Bethany continues to flourish in her Latin and Standard dance group! She is constantly creating her own choreographies at home and dancing with her friends and sister! She is a part of the school’s performing arts program and is going to be in a play based on “Tom Sawyer” this spring.

Joshua’s love for Jeeps and other vehicles has exploded this fall! He loves learning about the various car companies and daily tallies which cars he sees in a special book he made. His creative mind is always leading him in new business ideas for his stuffed animals, resulting in many stores set up all around our apartment, as well as drawings of stores, factories, and logos for future businesses.

Kaitlyn is enjoying first grade and has quickly made some good friends. Her reading has taken off and she barely lets us read to her anymore, because she enjoys reading to us so much! She is also in the school’s performing arts program and will be in a play this spring!

During this Christmas season we are especially grateful for all of you – our friends and family around the world. Many blessings to you as we rejoice in Jesus Christ, God Immanuel!

Financial Support
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!

Todd, Karen, Bethany, Joshua & Kaitlyn Dinius

tkdinius@gmail.com or karen.dinius@gmail.com / find us on skype and facebook

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

* Pray for our relationships with those involved in The Source to deepen and for spiritual conversations to continue. Pray for those who received Bibles this fall to read and respond to God's Word.

* Pray for Todd as he leads our work at The Source for the next 5 months. Pray wisdom, vision, and good connections with other groups that we work with.

* Pray for our church outreach via the Operation Christmas Child packages. Pray for God’s work in each child and family who attended this week.

* Pray for our follow-up Kids’ Club in early January. Pray for children to come and receive God’s truth and love.

* Pray for our ministry with tweens that God would lead us and use us to encourage them in their faith and their witness to their friends.

* Pray for our children! Pray for their health, their spiritual growth and understanding of God’s love for them, and for God’s work through them at school.

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: December 25, 2017

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

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