Val McLoughlin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Dear Friends, November 2019
We have experienced our first snow of the season this month. In a place that doesn’t snow often, it was fun to see it falling down gently and even sticking to the ground a bit. We put on some Christmas music to complete the scene from our window. Since I’m sending this out on Thanksgiving…Happy Thanksgiving!

Cultural Tidbits
November 11th is a national holiday or fête (pronounced fet) called Armistice Day (Veteran’s Day in the US) and commemorates the armistice or agreement between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiègne, France to stop the hostilities on the Western front. It took effect at 11:00 in the morning on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. Veterans who fought in both World wars are actually honored here.

Work
I don’t think I mentioned anything about a change that has happened in my “office.” Office is a loose term as the office is really in Germany, though I work in France. My former boss and his wife that have been with me since 2011 transitioned out of the regional director role and a new couple came in. I loved the former couple so it was sad to see them leave the role, but the good news is that I also love the new couple and have worked with them previously as they were in leadership in the Arab Lands! I was just over in Germany at the office to do some purging of files and it was good to spend time with them. Pray that they will be able to quickly learn the ropes in their new job!

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Please continue to pray for Corinne, my tutor, and her mom, who had a stroke many months ago now and doesn’t seem to be progressing. She is at home and is getting care there, but there doesn’t seem to be improvement. Please pray that she would want to keep living and that her family would be able to handle the care of her without getting discouraged. It weighs on Corinne so your prayers are welcome.

Dylan and Pearl are doing well in school and are settled in their school routine. Dylan is very much interested in cool cars and Pearl has been placed in an integrated English class and comes home often asking us questions in English!

Please continue to pray for our church. It’s a rough go with having no pastor and recently having moved to a different location and time because of renovations being done on the place that we were in.

October was full of travel for Mally and I. We went to Switzerland in the beginning where we attended a conference put on by a team of people from the States to bless international workers in Europe. It is called Time of Refreshing and it was most definitely that as we connected with other workers and spent time in the presence of God.

In the last week of October, we had our annual field forum where all the workers in France get together. We invited our French Alliance colleagues and together there were just over 100 of us as we received training on Peacemaking. It was so good and we were able to connect with many we knew and some we didn’t.

We had a number of people come through visiting, some from the National Office, and it was good to see John Corby and Tim Crouch. John came through with a group of district mission mobilizers and we met them at our cultural center in Paris. Tim came to the office in Versailles with our Field Director, Ray and it was good to connect with him.

We attended a Journée fraternelle a couple weeks ago where Alliance churches in this region got together to worship and afterward shared a meal together. There were about 380 people attending and we enjoyed a great time.

I am still waiting on my visa. We went in to the office in August and came out with an extension paper good through February. They asked for more paperwork about a month ago and we still have not received anything so please pray that I will get my visa soon!

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends twice this year. Once with my tutor and some other workers (which we did last weekend and my tutor loved it!) and on Thanksgiving weekend with friends from church and some of their friends who don’t know the Lord yet. Pray for our time with these people, that we would show the love of Christ and that people would take another step closer to the Lord.

Our December is fairly quiet in regards to travel, but there will be the usual cookie baking and distribution to all our neighbors again this year. Pray that we will make some more inroads with our neighbors. Mally will be preaching as well at a local French church here in Paris and at our church so please pray for him.

Giving Tuesday is coming up and I just heard about how Facebook has chosen to match up to 7 million dollars for donations made to non-profits on Facebook beginning at 8am EST on that day (December 3rd this year). Each non-profit can receive a match up to $100,000! If this is something you’d like to participate in, I’d encourage you to follow The Christian & Missionary Alliance on Facebook for more information.

Thanksgiving is very special to Mally and I because we met at Thanksgiving in 2012 and we got engaged at Thanksgiving the following year. Mally wrote a great article recently about Thanksgiving and hospitality. I’ll paste the link here:
http://www.cmalliance.org/news/2019/11/25/radically-ordinary-hospitality/?ref=homepage-112719-pos0

Thanks and thank you also for your support in prayer and financially. You are appreciated!
Valary
9 rue Racine
78220 Viroflay
France

Email: rivergirl007@hotmail.com
Note: Please send postal mail address changes to Lynn Mullenix, 2631 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, WI, 54914.
For email address changes, please send them to me at rivergirl007@hotmail.com. If you receive this letter through the postal service but would like to receive it by email, let me know!
Phone (from the States): 011-33-9-81-69-89-50

Ways you can give:

1. To the Great Commission Fund of the C&MA
2. “Valary McLoughlin-outfit fund”
3. “Valary McLoughlin – work”

These tax-deductible gifts can be made payable to “The C&MA” designated to one of the funds above and sent to: The C&MA, 8595 Explorer Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

Great Commission Fund (written on the memo line) This is where my monthly allowance comes from as well as the monthly allowances for all C&MA workers.

Outfit Funds. Each field maintains an outfit list that defines what items a worker may need to live and carry out ministry on that field such as items for the home, clothes, etc.

Work Specials. These are funds designated for the work of an international worker. Work Specials may be used for any activity, project, or equipment related to the worker's ministry such as a prayer letter or prayer cards.
Personal Gifts These funds go to the worker for their own personal use. In such cases the C&MA is prohibited by law from issuing tax-deductible receipts. Workers may use personal gifts in any way they choose.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Prayer Requests
1. Thanks for your continued prayers for my work. I’m caught up on all books and am working through the many emails that have piled up!
2. Continue to pray that my visa will come soon! Pray for favor and for the process to keep moving along.
3 .Pray for our cookie distribution to our neighbors. We want to love on them in this way and judging from past interactions, they really enjoy this kind of love!
4. Pray that Mally and I would both grow in our love for the Lord.
5. Pray for our church as we still don’t have a pastor. Pray for the health of our church.

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Updated: November 28, 2019

Children's Names
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Field Assignment
Country of Service
Germany
Address
9 rue Racine
78220 Viroflay,
FRANCE

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