Todd and Karen Dinius

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


An update from the Dinius family on their work in Bosnia Herzegovina, May 2019

** Ministry Update in Bosnia
Our team is in the midst of many transitions. Mark and Viviane Shady have concluded their service in Bosnia and will be on home assignment for 6 months. They are seeking the Lord for the next chapter in their lives. Laura Eckman has also just returned to the US for a 1-year home assignment. Praise God, we will be receiving new co-workers in August! Michael and Lia Strand, along with 3 of their 5 children, will be moving to Sarajevo to begin language study. We are excited to have new team members and look forward to seeing how God will work in and through their lives.

Here are some highlights from the field:
* There are four new believers in the village of Varesh! Mark and Kathy Eikost have been helping with a church plant in that village alongside a national pastoral couple. The ministry there began in 2008 and has had a growing influence in the community. It is wonderful to see God working!
* A woman involved in Viviane's fitness group in Mostar accepted the Lord at a recent regional women’s conference!
* God is providing opportunities for our co-workers at The Source to have deep spiritual conversations with a number of people through English classes.
* The Source has been invited to join a project to dialogue about and seek solutions for issues with youth and other marginalized groups in the local communities.

** Family Update
Thank you so much for faithfully praying for Karen and her health. She underwent a few procedures at the University of Pennsylvania hospital which have helped to shrink the main tumor and impact some of the smaller ones. However, the cancer continues to metastasize. She is doing some in-home alternative treatments which have helped her to feel better, although fatigue and low blood counts continue to be a struggle. She had another biopsy done in March which revealed a new drug which may be helpful. This drug is not yet FDA approved for her type of cancer, so we are waiting to see if she will be permitted to try this treatment. We would love your continued prayers for wisdom and God’s divine healing in her body.

Todd has been traveling to many Alliance churches in Indiana and Illinois this winter and spring. He has enjoyed connecting with so many who are faithfully praying for us and supporting the ministry in Bosnia. Due to Karen’s health situation, we have extended our home assignment. We will remain in West Lafayette, Indiana and Todd will expand his tour of C&MA churches this fall to other nearby states in the Midwest.

The children are doing very well and love their school. God continues to bless them with a great education, loving teachers, and wonderful friends. Bethany began baby-sitting once a week for a neighbor, and is really enjoying the opportunity to learn and earn some money. Joshua continues to grow as a “future architect” or “city planner” through Legos, drawings, and building with household objects. He is fascinated by skyscrapers right now! Kaitlyn continues to enjoy gymnastics and has become an avid “knockout” basketball player at home and school.

Thanks so much for your faithful prayers and personal support. We greatly appreciate 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.

Great Commission Day is a special focus during May in our Alliance family, when many make special gifts to our work. This year, a generous donor will match every gift, up to a total of $500,000! Please consider making a special gift during the GC Day offering at your Alliance church, or by giving online here ( . Thank you!

Todd, Karen, Bethany, Joshua & Kaitlyn Dinius or

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please join us in praising God and in interceding for the following:
* Praise God for the new believers in Varesh and Mostar! Pray for their spiritual growth and discipleship.
* Pray for the Strand family in their preparations and move to Sarajevo.
* Pray for our co-workers' (Mark & Viviane, Laura) transition to home assignment in the US.
* Pray for the growing influence for Christ that The Source has in Sarajevo, especially among youth.
* Continue to pray for Karen’s healing and for wisdom with treatments.
* Pray for Todd as he attends C&MA conferences in Orlando next week and in Colorado Springs in mid-July.
* Pray for our children to continue to grow spiritually and rest in the Lord as we extend our time in the US.

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: May 24, 2019

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