Zac and Julie Stutler

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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It is hard to find words to express all that is in my heart after the Women´s Retreat in Argentina last week. Thank you so much for your prayers. It was truly an extraordinary experience. From the moment I walked off the plane into the very chilly South American evening (It is winter in Argentina!), I was blessed by the loving very warm hospitality of our Alliance family in Argentina. It was a delightful time of making wonderful new friends, building relationships, receiving so many hugs, eating wonderful food, getting to know a new part of the world and a new culture, but most of all witnessing God do amazing things.

On Friday morning, August 10, a quaint mountain town in San Luis, Argentina became a buzz of excitement and activity as Alliance women from all over Argentina began arriving for Argentina’s National Alliance Women’s Retreat. Five hundred and forty-two ladies were registered for the event. Some of these ladies had traveled as much as 30 hours in buses to be a part of this amazing weekend. The women arrived with a joyous excitement and expectation of what God was going to do.

The leadership of the Argentine Alliance Women´s Ministry had spent almost a year in planning and prayer for this event which began that Friday afternoon. God answered their prayers and yours in amazing ways. The excitement and joy could be felt all through the large meeting room. I quickly discovered that the Argentines love to hug. Loving embraces were a normal part of each meeting. There was a real sense of God´s love. How I wish you could have heard the beautiful sound of well over 500 women joyfully praising the Lord together. The theme of the retreat was “At His Feet” with the emphasis on deepening our relationship with Christ as we spend time with Him, are transformed in His presence, and being prepared to share His love with the world around us.

I have to admit that when I walked into the meeting room, I was a bit overwhelmed. I looked out and saw almost 550 women and whispered a nervous prayer, “Lord, what am I doing here? I can´t do this.” But the Lord reminded me so clearly that I was not alone. He had opened this door for me to speak to these ladies and given me the messages He wanted to share. It would be Him speaking and not me. He also reminded me that so many dear family and friends were accompanying me in this exciting adventure through their prayers. I was where God wanted me to be in that moment and I was not alone. Thank you so much for your being an important part of my time in Argentina through your prayers.

God gave me a real freedom and a sense of being among family as I spoke. I relaxed and really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers! God worked in ways as only He could. I had the privilege of joining a team of about fifteen Argentine women leaders as we prayed for ladies who responded to the invitations after each message. I have never seen such an overwhelming response. It was a God thing. At one point, chairs had to be moved to accommodate all the women coming forward for prayer and commitment. There were times we were still praying with women thirty minutes after the message. There was a real move of God´s Holy Spirit as the women were seeking God in wonderful ways.

We know of at least two ladies who made first time commitments to Christ. Many others experienced the love of their heavenly Father in new and fresh ways. Lives were recommitted to Christ. Decisions were made to spend time in the Word on a daily basis. Ladies were freed from the bondage of unforgiveness and other emotional pain. Many heard a call to serve Christ and take His message of love to those around them. There has been testimony after testimony of the great things God has done. Even since I have arrived at home I have continued to receive so many messages from ladies with tremendous specific testimonies of how God spoke to their lives. This is a work that only God could have done. It was all about Jesus. It was a real move of the Holy Spirit and I had the immense joy of just sitting back and watching Him work.
You too were very much a part of this exciting weekend. Your partnership is a priceless gift from God and a tremendous part of our ministry. We thank God for you.
Please pray for these ladies in Argentina and that God who began this great work will continue to bring fruit in their lives. Also continue to pray for Alianza in Punta Cana. God is at work here in wonderful ways too. We have more great testimonies to share with you all about this in the near future.

Thank you so much for living the call together with us!

Joyfully Living the call together!
Zac and Julie Stutler
International Workers with The Alliance serving in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Prayer Requests

Prayer Request for Zac and Julie Stutler
Ministry
• Pray that we would always walk closely with Jesus and that God would make our agenda each moment. Pray that God would be glorified in our lives and shine through us every day.
• Pray for AMA - Alianza Matrimonios Asombrosos (Alliance Awesome Marriages) - our new couples ministry. Pray that God would lead and direct in this important ministry and that families would be impacted for Christ.
• Pray for the different counseling opportunities that the Lord is giving us lately. Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom and use us in the lives of the people involved.
• Pray for our ministry of Marriage Coaching using Prepare and Enrich. Pray that God would use this ministry to help many couples have stronger marriages. Pray also that we would be able to expand this ministry to couples outside the church also.
• Pray for the AliTeens leaders that God would continue to lead and direct them and that many teens would come to know and follow Jesus. Julie is in a role as mentor to the two youth leaders. Pray that God would use her to train these two very talented young adults and help them to make disciples of the teens in Punta Cana.
• Pray for the Alianza Kids ministry that God would continue to use this ministry to reach many children and impact their families
• Pray for the need for more space for Sunday morning services.
o Pray that God will give wisdom to the committee that will be investigating possibilities for expansion and the church´s own building. Pray for Zac as he leads this committee.
o Pray for God’s financial provision for expansion of our church facilities.
o Pray for creative ideas of how to solve the space problem that we presently have since any construction will take time.
• Pray for the Theological Education by Extension program. Pray that God would continue to work in great ways through those leading the classes and those studying in TEE. Pray that God would use this program to develop leaders in Alianza.
• Pray for the small groups.
o That these would be outreaches into their communities.
o That God would raise up local leaders for these groups.
o That these groups would multiply and that there would be many new groups in the future.

• Pray that we can continue to reach out to our friends and neighbors.
• Pray for various members of Alianza who are having serious health issues. Pray for God’s healing touch.
Family
• Pray that God would bless and care for our children and grandchildren in the US. Pray also that we would be able to continue developing strong relationships with the grandkids (Lincoln and Reagan) via Skype.

Dominican Republic

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Updated: August 22, 2018

Children's Names
Luke
Ana
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Dominican Republic
Address
Apartado 2683
Santo Domingo,
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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