August 2019 News from Anne

Dear Prayer Partners,

Spring beckons, daffodils are coming out in my garden, and the EE Congress of Nations is almost here!  How quickly the year flies by. In this letter, there is good news and disappointing news.

The good news is that the Congress Programme looks great.  Norman Blackaby, EEI Board member  is the Bible teacher each morning, followed by prayer time, presentations, discussions and resolutions on a variety of strategic issues, namely: new materials, internet training, strategy for reaching People Groups, leadership growth, developing succession in leaders, coaching for transformational leadership, growing young leaders, developing EE in new nations, the role of the Boards, building effective teams, and asking how many nations we need in order to reach the world with Gospel equipping.  Our own Raj is the Chairperson of the New Tools Track: Strategy for the Future and will be moderating the discussion on what materials we need and how we might accelerate materials development. Congress is a time for listening to the Holy Spirit, sharing experience and insights, developing fresh, creative and relevant ways to reach the world with the Gospel.

The concerning news, however, is that nine of our delegates so far do not have entry visas into Albania. Please pray that the leaders from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands will get them in time. Visa application has been a long and tricky process.  Leaders in Africa and a few in Asia are also waiting. Please remember them as well.

Finally, EE Cook Islands have decided not to be admitted as a multiplying nation at this Congress.  They will continue however, to develop and grow the ministry there in partnership with New Zealand and within Oceania.

Anne Bowie, VP Oceania

View of Tirana from the Plaza Hotel