Val McLoughlin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Dear Friends, Mar 2019
I’m going to try to condense the many months since my last prayer letter in late summer into this one so hang on! A lot has happened and I want to get you up to speed so you can be praying.

Cultural Tidbits
Did you know that Europe is seriously looking at doing away with the daylight savings time? Apparently 80% (of the people who were polled) want to stop changing our clocks back and forth in the spring and fall! Originally, it was meant to be a way to conserve energy in World War I. If it is abolished, it will probably not happen until 2021.

Language
A week before Thanksgiving, Mally and I and another couple, the Lawrences, who have the same tutor (Corinne) as I do, had a Thanksgiving meal together. It was Corinne’s first Thanksgiving meal! She loved it! It was such a great time to get to know each other better, to laugh and talk about what we are thankful for. We pray that she would see Jesus in us and that we would take opportunities to talk to her about the Lord.

Corinne was able to come to our house in January for the first time! She taught me how to make macaron cookies. The way to mix the ingredients is very specific and has its own verb – macaronner (pronounced mah-kah-rohn-ay). She stayed to eat lunch with us and it was a good time of deepening our friendship and trust.

Recently, Corinne’s mom had a stroke and so far she’s still in a semi-coma. She’s been moving her arms and legs which is very encouraging to the family. The Lawrences and I have let her know that we are praying for her mom and Corinne told me that she thinks her mom is doing as well as she is because of our prayers. Would you pray as well for her mom? Pray for healing and also that Corinne would see the hand of God in it all.

Work
I’ve added another set of books to my workload so I now do seven sets of books. Pray that I would be able to do all of them in a timely manner each month!

Various
In August, Mally and I went to the States to see family. Though my parents’50th anniversary was in November, we celebrated that in the summer because the whole family was together for a short time. It was good to be with family for those two weeks.

At the end of September, Mally’s mom came to hang with the kids. At the beginning of October, the kids’ grandmother died (their mom’s mom). It was a rough time as we grieved that. I knew her but not as well as Mally and the kids did. Funerals and dealing with the practical things like cleaning out houses of the deceased are never an enjoyable time, but it was our privilege to serve the family as we helped in every area we could. We mourned with them and I believe what spoke volumes to them is how the Lord showed his love to them through his children. We were very touched that some of our teammates and my boss and his wife came to the funeral at the cemetery as well as the post-funeral gathering with the family.

Late October found us with Mally’s brother and some friends he was travelling with through Paris for a couple days. He had never been to this city that Mally has called home for eleven years now and Mally was keen to show him around. It was good to see him, even if it was for a short time.

In early November, we traveled to our church retreat in the north of France. Mally and I led a discussion group after each of the sessions. We laughed and cried and prayed over others. We had some great conversations and went deeper in our relationships with people in the church.

On Saturday, November 10th, we celebrated with Mally and another guy in our church, Paco, who have been doing the study program (LEAD) for the last 2 ½ years that will bring them to the point of ordination. We joined the actual graduation ceremony in the States via the internet and our pastor, who we had over as well, prayed over Mally and Paco. It was a great time of confirming what God has done in their lives.

Mally was able to preach at the French church in Bordeaux the first weekend in December and he preached at our church in Paris the second weekend in December.

We went to Ireland for Christmas this year because it was the first time in many, many years that all the siblings (five in total) were together and with Mally’s dad’s declining health, it was very meaningful.

In January, our new pastor came. It’s been a rough transition. Would you please pray for him as he adjusts and for the church to adjust as well after having the same pastor for the last eight years?

The reason that I and others like me live overseas is really the reason we should all have for living where we do and doing what we do whether it’s working as a doctor or a secretary, in a factory or a hotel and that is to see others come into relationship with God through Jesus. If we love God and really know Him, why wouldn’t we want to introduce others to Him? The C&MA, like other missions, sends people to places that are less reached with that good news. We actually have 60 people ready to go out this year, but only 50 are going out so far because of the lack of money. We are coming up on the 2019 Great Commission day offering where we have opportunity to give to a fund (the Great Commission Fund) that allows people to be sent out by the C&MA. Pray about your role in seeing people introduced to Jesus in the least reached places of the world, whether that is to give money, to pray for those overseas, or even to go yourself!

Every other year, the Alliance family gets together and this year we are gathering in Orlando, Florida, on May 28–June 2. You are invited to join the Alliance family as we gather in Orlando, Florida, to celebrate what God is doing in our midst and seek His heart as we move “Beyond” (our theme this year). For more information go to http://bit.ly/cma-iw-promo

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.Pray for us as we all work through the budget for next year, knowing that we will be having budget cuts already. We want to be good stewards of what we have.
2.Pray for Mally and I as we talk and pray with others in our church. As Mally works as an associate pastor there, we minister together a lot of the time. Pray for wisdom. As we follow God, we want others to do the same!
3.Pray for my tutor, Corinne, to come to know the Lord. She now has a couple other workers on our team who meet with her. Pray she will see the light of Christ in us and want the same!
4.Continue to pray for our church as we go through transition with our new pastor having come in January. Pray that the Lord’s will be done and that He will get the glory in everything.

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Updated: March 29, 2019

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Field Assignment
Country of Service
Germany
Address
9 rue Racine
78220 Viroflay,
FRANCE

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