“Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 Living Bible (TLB)

“Our relationship with each other is the criterion that the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful—Christian community is the final apologetic.” Francis Schaeffer

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please pray for the safe release of a Christian Leader and Colleague who was violently kidnapped in broad daylight, Pastor Raymond Koh, on Feb. 13th, 2017. He is still being held captive today, and no word of his wherabouts are known. A concerted effort is underway for information on his kidnapping and his timely release.  It is speculated that the government is behind the well-executed kidnapping, and that he will be charged under the countries strick Apostasy/Proselytizing Law.

One of our country Leaders said, “This has been one of the most challenging moments of our work here. Please pray for God’s peace, protection and presence to be with our families, teams, and new believers. Please pray for perseverance, to remain faithful – not shrinking back from the Gospel and that we would not become weary in doing good things for the Gospel.”

Join now with our teams in praying:

  • The safe release of Pastor KOH.
  • Breakthrough for the Gospel.
  • The captors to come through with their demands, or for the government to bring charges, so that an argument may be made for his release.
  • Pastor Koh's family to have peace, and knowlege of his well-being.
  • Elections: General elections will be held soon. Pray that a change of leadership will happen. For God to put into place godly peaceful leadership, who will condemn the actions of the current leaders, remove the Apostasy and Proselytizing Laws, and allow for freedom of religion.
  • A Breaking of Pride in the hearts of Muslims.

Dean Mallory son of the congregation, baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran will be a teacher and missionary through EEMN friendship camp in Latvia. He is the son of Maria DeRush and Dr. Daniel Mallory. Eastern European Mission Network is a Christian Organization that puts on Friendship camps in former communist countries teaching English using Bible stories. Most teacher/missionaries are mostly from North America. His grandpa Larry Josephson(long time Grace member) of Omaha Ne. will also be going, teaching as well.

Dean will be gone June 22-July 11. If you would like to follow his trip log onto www.emmn.org go onto the mission blog for Latvia. Dean has met his personal fundraising goal, money can still be donated through Grace (make memo) to assist in cover camp fees for a student or general donation to EEMN. Donations can also be made through the eemn website. Dean has a letter telling a little more. Thank you, Maria DeRush Mission/Service Lead

Dean Mallory with his EEMN English class in Saldus Latvia

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