Todd and Karen Dinius
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
An update from the Dinius family on their work in Bosnia Herzegovina, April 2017
Greetings from Sarajevo!
The prior few months have been up and down weather-wise, but now spring is fully here. We are enjoying the new life demonstrated in flowers blooming, trees budding, and the city awakening with more activity. Yet none compares to the new life given to us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Thank you so much for praying for our Samaritan’s Purse package distribution at the end of December. We handed out 600 packages to children while sharing a message of God's love through a puppet show. We invited each child to a Kids’ Camp at our church in early January. Ten new children attended the camp along with our children and one boy from another church. Throughout the week we played games, did crafts and taught the children the basics of the gospel message through Bible stories, activities and Scripture memorization. One nine-year-old girl, Eva*, expressed that she would like to learn more about God and come to church. Her parents (one Catholic and one Muslim) have allowed her to come, so she has been actively participating in Sunday School ever since! Please pray for Eva* as she learns about the Lord and for her parents who have allowed her to come, yet are not interested themselves in attending.
Todd has continued to preach monthly at our church in Ilidža and in Sarajevo (the mother church). He communicates words of encouragement and exhortation to the church in a pastoral way and his messages are well-received. In May he will be teaching a week-long class at the Mostar Bible School on spiritual gifts, receiving God's guidance, and setting godly goals. He is excited to teach his first college class and is currently preparing lectures for the 16 class hours.
The Source Center Update
We are encouraged by the number of new families and clients coming to The Source center. We are adding Family Day outings for our Kids’ Corner families in order to connect more with these kids' parents. Please pray that these new activities will deepen relationships and open doors for spiritual conversations as we spend time together on various outings.
A girl in Bethany’s school class a few years ago, Pam*, attended a summer English camp at The Source last year and this winter participated in our Fashion Design and Sewing class for tween girls. Pam* really enjoys being a part of what we do and has noticed how everyone is so kind and accepting. Her mother, Alice*, joined her for a women’s event where she connected with our friend Lily* and asked more about who we are. Lily* shared with her that we are Christians and invited Alice* to a women’s event hosted by one of the local churches the following evening. Alice* and Pam* came to the church event and expressed interest in learning more about the church! Please be praying for them as we get to know them better and take next steps with them on their spiritual journey. (*names changed for privacy)
Bethany continues to enjoy Latin and Standard dance and did well at two competitions this winter. She is also participating in a performing arts program at school and will be acting in a play based on "The Iliad" this June. In answer to prayer God has provided a new friend (who happens to be a believer!) for her at school after three of her closest friends left the school this winter.
Joshua turned 8 in February! He loves building projects at home and at school and currently wants to be an architect when he grows up. He also started attending a computer programming and robotics class through a local organization and has enjoyed the active learning experiences there.
Kaitlyn turns 6 in one week and is enjoying her final months in kindergarten, while also looking forward to attending her siblings' school for first grade in the fall. Karen continues to homeschool her in English reading, writing and math and Kaitlyn is doing really well in those subjects!
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This Easter Sunday, we pray that each of you are renewed in the amazing hope of Christ's resurrection. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13 NIV)
Todd, Karen, Bethany, Joshua & Kaitlyn Dinius
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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
* Wisdom and direction as to the best way for us to attain visas for this coming year. The laws have changed making it harder for us to gain volunteer worker visas.
* For Alice* and Pam* to make good connections in the local church and for God to meet them in a personal, significant way.
* For Eva* to come into a personal relationship with the Lord and for God’s work in her parents’ lives.
* For deeper relationships and spiritual conversations with our clients at The Source.
* Preparation for a summer English camp at The Source and for a VBS at our local church.
* For God to continue to use Todd’s sermons and class at the Bible School to build up the local congregations.
* Physical health and healing for our family (particularly Joshua’s asthma and Karen’s back/hip).
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: April 16, 2017
- Children's Names
- Field Assignment
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- c/o Mark Eikost
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- 71000 Sarajevo,
- BOSNIA I HERZEGOVINA
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