Todd and Karen Dinius

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


An update from the Dinius family on their work in Bosnia Herzegovina, October 2018

Greetings from West Lafayette, Indiana!

We hope that you are doing well and that you are enjoying the colors of autumn! We returned to the USA at the end of June for a one-year home ministry assignment. We spent the first 6 weeks in Pennsylvania with Karen’s family and visited a couple of partner churches. In August, we moved into our rental home in Indiana for the year. The kids have readjusted well to being back, and are very blessed in their new school. Thank you for praying for us through this transition time!

Ministry Update

This summer a young couple, Caleb and Kaela Brown, who are Moody Bible students, joined our Sarajevo team in serving at The Source. Caleb grew up in Todd's home church, so Todd has know him since he was born and especially during his youth years right before we first went to Bosnia. It was a privilege for Todd to reconnect with Caleb and mentor him through this cross-cultural internship experience. Caleb and Kaela were a great help to our team and they gained valuable ministry experience. Pray for them as they complete their final semester at Moody and graduate this December.

In July teams from two partner churches led English camps for children at The Source. These week-long summer day camps are a great way for our team to build on existing relationships and attract new families to our center. Both teams did an amazing job!

With our family on home assignment this year, this leaves only our two co-workers, Petula and Laura, in Sarajevo to continue the ministry at The Source. Pray for them to have wisdom to utilize their limited time wisely and for God to direct them to key relationships He has for them to invest in. Pray also for interns, volunteers, and workers from other mission groups to join them in the center ministry.

Family Update

Back in May Karen discovered a mass in her abdomen and had some medical tests done in Sarajevo. However those tests were inconclusive. Upon arriving in the USA she immediately saw a doctor and underwent many tests, including a biopsy. It was diagnosed as bile duct cancer, isolated to her liver. Due to the location and size of the tumor, the surgeon prescribed three months of chemotherapy to reduce its size so that surgery would be possible. Karen began chemotherapy at the end of August. She will return to the surgeon on November 15^th for another MRI to see if surgery is possible at that point. We were initially shocked by this news, and it has certainly had a big impact upon our plans for this year. Yet we are secure in God's love and provision, and have been hugely blessed by the support and prayers of our family and friends. We are looking to the Lord for His complete healing in Karen’s body, and invite you to join us in doing so.

Todd has continued with plans to tour this year to share about our ministry in Bosnia, though his schedule has been adjusted to stay near home and visit churches mostly in Indiana and Illinois. He enjoys the opportunity to share about God's heart for Bosnians and update people on the ministry there. He has also been overwhelmingly blessed by people's prayers and generous support as we face Karen's current physical challenge.

The children have quickly adjusted to their new school here, have made new friends, and are doing great. We are so thankful for the teachers, administrators, and other families at their school. Bethany has continued her love of dancing, though now trying lyrical dance. Kaitlyn is enjoying gymnastics, and Joshua has discovered a natural ability and love for running.

Just recently our good friend, Victoria, from Bosnia came to visit us for 5 days before her next work assignment on a cruise ship. We greatly enjoyed seeing her, taking her to Todd's parent's farm, and to the Indy 500 racetrack. Please continue to pray for God to bring fruit from the truths that she has seen and heard many times and bring her to a saving response to the Gospel.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support for our family and our team's ministry in Bosnia Herzegovina. We greatly value each of you and receive God's blessing through you.

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 or

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please join us in praying for the following:

* Our co-workers, Laura and Petula, who are serving at The Source. Pray for significant spiritual conversations with clients, teachers, students, and families that they are serving.

* Caleb and Kaela Brown as they complete their education at Moody and seek God for the next step in their life journey of following and serving Him.

* Our Bosnian friends to encounter the Lord and turn their lives over to Him.

* The Lord to encourage and strengthen the Bosnian church where we have been serving in Ilidža, and that He will grant the pastor and leadership team wisdom through a time of transition.

* Karen’s complete healing from cancer and recovery from the physical drain of the treatments.

* God’s work through Todd and protection over him as he shares with churches in Indiana and Illinois this year.

* Our children to continue to adjust well to life in the USA, build solid friendships and grow spiritually.

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.



Updated: October 27, 2018

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