Monday, August 19, 2019

New School Year Approaches

 A lot has happened over the summer months for our team! There are some new additions to our team, for which we are grateful to God and new areas being reached. 
The above map shows the area we reach out to and the schools being reached by our current team. We are all looking forward to new student outreaches, welcome dinners,parties, picnics, and tabling activities. We are currently in 40 days of prayer with our prayer partners and supporters to soften the ground for us.
Please join us in praying for good contacts, favor with university/college administrations, and volunteers to come alongside and join in the harvest.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Where did Spring go?

 Visiting one of our favorite & delicious places, we noticed some changes (there is a building missing!).
 We enjoyed visiting the "ladies" that help provide the delicious ice cream!

 We are enjoying a longer than usual spring in VA, but it is coming to an end here.
 We were blessed to spend a very full, wet, and fun week in CT during May. We got to visit some of our favorite people and places. We were enjoying ourselves so much we often forgot to take pictures...duh... So not all our fun times and people and places made it to this blog.

 Of course we spent an evening at ICF! Richard got to teach and even Carol said a few words of encouragement.
 It is such a blessing to see how God & the Alumbaughs are continuing the ministry at UConn with faithful and loving volunteers! We praise God for you all!!!

Special Friends

ICF blessings!

We spent our last evening in this wonderful place of peace with special friends. Kissed by God!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Volunteer Training

 The DC Regional Team came together in February to offer training to those interested in reaching out to international students.

We were blessed by good attendance at a generous local church where one of our team is now working as staff.
 We are praying that the seeds sown will take root and lead to some volunteers for outreach at Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun campus.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Behind the Scenes

December and January is the season for behind the scenes work and prayer. Time to contact pastors, formerly interested volunteers & students. Time to pray for God's plan for the up coming season of Conversation Cafe. We are currently engaged in 40 days of prayer for the new semester with our DC Region team. Conversation Cafe begins again in February. We are looking forward to it. We have a volunteer training event for our team in Fairfax on February 9th. Hopefully there will be good attendance and some new beginnings for our work at NOVA Loudoun (Northern Virginia Community College=NOVA.). Please join us in praying for God to bring His people to work in this harvest field.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Battle continues ...

This semester has been an adventure! We have had great attendance at Conversation Cafe. In September we had a lovely dinner night, in an American host home, followed by English practice in discusing American life style or Bible. Students could choose which option to attend. Of the 11 students attending, 9 chose the Bible option, much to our delight!

Conversation Cafe

Conversation Cafe
 While attendance at Conversation Cafe continues to bless us, the dinners in October &  November  were cancelled due to weather and other issues. A bit disappointing after such a great start.
Dinner Night English Practice with the Bible
Dinner Night English Practice American Culture
The semester for the English classes ends in two weeks. So we will continue to pray and connect with students that we know live "closer" to us.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Beginning a new school year.

We wanted to up date you all, but as Carol usually in the photographer and she has been home recuperating, there are no new photos to share.

 Every Tuesday Richard is on NOVA Loudoun campus offering Conversation Cafe. In this time he (and some volunteers) offer games, like ANOMIA, to help international students improve their English skills between their class times. This opens the doors for relationships and opportunities to invite them to dinner nights and events. We are still in ground breaking mode.

We are awaiting a commitment from the Open Doors Presbyterian church. They are processing their resources and our needs.

This coming week, Oct 2nd, is the dinner where we are launching additional opportunities for conversational English. The students will have 2 choices: one is a topical discussion and one is a Bible based discussion. There is a good amount of interest from the students.  We are praying that Father God will bring many hungry souls.
My recuperation from surgery is side lining me at this point, but i will be home praying.

The next Saturday, Oct 6th, Richard is teaching at our DC area training day for local volunteers. The topic is Spiritual Warfare.

We are thankful to be a part of a growing team here in the DC area. We bless you for your prayers and support.

Monday, August 27, 2018

VA style picnic

 We were blessed to have a picnic to re-connect with some of the students Richard met last semester at NOVA Loudoun.

Our friends from Sterling Park Baptist hosted the event in their home and we all brought food. Our hosts are "famous" for barbecue roast beef, so we were really favored to have them prepare it for us!

 But being VA and summer, we didn't last outside at all. Table games inside were enjoyed by all, and the students from Germany, Taiwan, & So America did an amazing job practicing their English and conquering the rules of the games.
Future engineer at work!