Val McLoughlin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Dear Friends, February 2020
Welcome to a new decade! May this decade be one where we grow and change to be more like Jesus and where we walk in confidence in who we are – children of God.

Cultural Tidbits
The international distress code “Mayday” was coined in 1923 by a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. They flew many flights to France and since the term sounded like the phrase, “help me” in French (m’aider), this was adopted and used!

Work
Budget season has come! Our fiscal year is July through June, so we are just now starting the process of budget. Pray for us as we work toward stewarding well our finances for the coming year. We have some changes this year so thanks for praying.

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There has been no change in my tutor’s (Corinne) mom and the stroke she had almost a year ago. This is disheartening for Corinne. Thanks for your continued prayers. We were able to spend Thanksgiving with Corinne and some other workers on the field. It was good and a time for getting to know her better and loving on her more.

Our other Thanksgiving we had with a number of people, many who don’t know the Lord, went well also. Thanks for praying. We connected with several and had some good conversations. We had met some of the guests before, so it was nice to talk with them on a deeper level.

December found us (ok, me) baking cookies for our neighbors. Some had even knocked on our door a few weeks later, thanking us and giving us gifts. Mally helped our elderly neighbor change his tire the other day and their granddaughters, who live in the same building complex as us, brought us a gift to say thank you. We don’t think of doing these small things as anything great and fantastic, but they do! Pray that we can continue to bless them and pray for their salvation.

Thank you all for praying for my visa situation! After waiting for months, I received my visa and both Mally and I were surprised to see that I got a TEN-year visa! That was totally unexpected because in order to get that visa, you have to take a language test and apply specifically for that. I did not do that at all. We are praising God for this! Your prayers were key, I believe.

We were able to host people for Christmas day, something we’ve not done before. We had two couples in our home and had a meal, gave gifts and played games. It was an encouraging time and fun to take in these couples that didn’t have family to hang out with.

On New Year’s Eve, we hosted the kids’ mom and some friends of hers and Mally’s from London. We had an appetizer course for them before they went on to another house to bring in the New Year. Continue to pray for the kids’ mom who doesn’t yet know the Lord. Pray that we would love on her and join with God in the work He is doing in her life.

Mally’s preaching went well in December and in January, we went to Bordeaux so Mally could preach at the French Alliance church there. It went well. We were busy the whole time meeting with different people in the congregation, praying with them and worshipping with another couple in their home. The church has come across some rocky times and we landed in the middle of it. Please continue to pray for this church as they are poised well for God to do amazing things among them and through them!

Our church in the city has been going through some vision casting seminars with a pastor from a sister church in Toulouse. We continue to walk through these rough days. The vision casting went well. Pray that we would fix our eyes on Jesus and follow where he is leading us. Pray for unity as well. We have recently had a couple of baptisms with some amazing testimonies and that has been so encouraging! God is building his church.

Ordination! Yes, just last week, Mally went through his ordination interview and he passed!! He wouldn’t say that it was a breeze, but the men who were “grilling” him on all manner of things Biblical and personal were friends and men he respects, so that was nice. Congratulations to Mally! We will be having a service to officially congratulate him and another guy in our church on this milestone.

Next week is our prayer retreat for the France field and we are looking forward to that. Just before that happens, Mally and a bunch of other leaders will be going through training to be able to administer the SDI personality assessment tool. This will take place in Kandern, Germany so while they are all in training, I’ll be working at the regional office purging very old files!

At the end of February and beginning of March, Mally and I will be going to Ireland to see his dad. His family has been commenting about how he seems to be declining rapidly in his Parkinson’s disease. Please pray for him and our time there.

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.Thank you for praying for my visa! You prayed for favor and I definitely received that with a 10-year visa!
2.Pray for our neighbors to come to know Jesus and that we would show Christ’s love to them! We are giving them some valentines, though that’s really not a French tradition. Pray that they would see the love of God for them through us.
3.We see God moving in our church. There is such a potential to reach the city of Paris so keep praying as we work through some difficult paths while walking in the way God has for us.
4.Continue to pray for Corinne and her mom’s health. Pray for encouragement and wisdom in decisions that inevitably come up when caring for a stroke victim in the home.

Germany

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Updated: February 13, 2020

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

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