Philip and Sarah serve in Central Asia (Undisclosed Location) with Cru.
Description of Work & Ministry
Philip & Sarah are preparing to transition into a new ministry in Central Asia. They will be the first Americans to join a national team of about 15 staff members with Cru. Initially, they will invest in culture and language learning, but eventually, join the national staff in the ministry they have been fostering for decades with the hope of developing relationships with locals through sports outreach and humanitarian aid distribution that create opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
- Pray for Philip, Sarah, and the other American couple on their team as they transition to their new assignment in late March/early April 2023, that they would honor their local staff, new friends, and the new culture while recognizing the realities of culture shock and the difficulty of leaving stateside family and friends with their newborn son. Pray for a smooth visa process and that they would enter as learners and would be able to acquire culture and language quickly over their first year.
- Please pray for our initial relationships as they arrive; that they would integrate well with the national staff and begin building relationships with their neighbors. Pray that these new relationships would grow deep quickly and provide opportunities to voice the hope that they have in Jesus.
- While Philip & Sarah are excited about where they feel the Lord is leading them, they anticipate that the transition will be very hard on their families and them. Please pray for them to leave well, for many important conversations with those closest to them before they go. Pray that they would go to the Lord as their stronghold and protection in difficult times to come. Pray for health as their son, Judah, is still very young and they cannot provide the same level of protection and care as they could in the United States.
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