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Al & Diane Mellinger's Missionary Adventure - 5 new articles
October 19, 2017 – Over the past few months I had been praying to God to guide us with the store and its location. We like where we were but the store space was too small and it was hard to move around in the shop. I did not want to move too far from where we were as people were starting to know us. I prayed one day – “Lord if we are suppose to move make it clear to us!”
Within less than a week of that prayer a store front just 3 doors up the street from us opened up. It was a meat shop that vacated the building. It is much larger than the space we had been in. We called and the rent was not much more than we had been paying but it was twice as large and even had storage space in the back.
When I saw the “for rent sign” – my heart jumped and I knew this was the sign (literally) from God that we were to move forward on this idea.
Praise God for His leading and His answer to my prayer.
Pray that God would continue to bless the livelihood groups we have and our online stores both in the EU and in America.
This week also be praying for the Safe Home as remodeling is starting and work on bringing it up to code has begun in earnest.
The Website in Europe is frombulgariawithlove.com
The Website in America is marketplacemanna.biz
Great places to shop to get Holiday gifts knowing what you by is helping someone in need.
October 12, 2017 - We have just started an “ENGLISH” homework study with activity time with students in 2nd to 8th grade. It has been running about 3 weeks and students seem interested in coming, working for most of the hour before the fun game time with David Sweet at the end. Not only are kids coming but many parents come and watch and observe and seem very happy with what is happening.
Pray that students will feel welcomed to continue to come, learn and participate.
Pray also that this will be a bridge from the community to our church family.
Pray for us and the Galloways as we are in the UK this next week meeting with pastors churches and interested partners in what we are doing in BG!
Bonus material - Here is a recent article written in Light & Life magazine about our Virtual Christmas Gift Box program. - now is the time to do this so we will have the fund by Christmas - it looks like we have been asked to serve about 600 kids this year!
Trip to Macedonia
October 5, 2017 - Last Sunday following our service in Petrich Diane and I along with Peggy and Stefan went to a town in Macedonia about 50 minutes from Petrich. We had been asked to come, so we went and learned about the work they are doing and the needs they have.
This week also pray for the launch of the 4 church plants in Macedonia (another area) this weekend.
Finally, pray for the store in Petrich as we are moving to a new larger location. Pray that we will sell more to impact more lives.
September 28, 2017 – Knowing that the Holidays are coming and gift giving will begin to get on everyone’s mind, we have a idea that might help. Give something that you know is helping someone else make a living. Team Balkans works with almost 50 Bulgarians who were underemployed or unemployed but are able to supplement their income in support of their families though New Start LLC - our company in Bulgaria. Any products purchased help us keep these folks working.
There are 2 ways this might work for you and your group (Church, School ETC):
Still got questions or you have more ideas – let us know (email@example.com) and we will see what we can do to assist or participate.
(Messy Bun Hat)
This week pray for…
…The boxes we are shipping to the US that they will go quickly and through customs without any trouble
…Team Balkans as we are all back and will be coordinating activities and schedules.
…the Macedonia church plants that launch with in the next week.
(Snowman Hat & Animal Hoodies)
September 21, 2017 – Some weeks you look back and know you have been busy but do not have anything that is finished that can be reported on.
Thanks for your prayers, support and partnership.
This week pray for…
The Galloways with the loss of Chances step mom and step dad as well as the Sweets as David found out his grandmother passed away.
The New sewing Livelihood Group that we are launching as we work to find the right products to create that will have a market here and overseas.
The church plant training that begins officially in a few weeks in Macedonia.