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Ken & Joyce Prettol

posted May 20, 2015, 7:35 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated May 20, 2015, 7:35 PM ]
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May, 2015 - 
Dallas, Texas

It’s always interesting when you see God putting things together in a way that you could never have arranged… This past week we had an Indian visitor in our home—one of our colleagues (we’ll call him Jay) who we have worked alongside of during our time South Asia. When we heard about Jay’s trip to the US earlier this year we were happy to know he would be coming through Dallas and we invited him to stay in our home. At the same time we set up a meeting with a Wycliffe colleague who serves as a mediator to discuss a conflict that had taken place on the field. When we realized the date Jay would be visiting and the date that we were scheduled to meet was the same day we wondered if we should cancel the meeting. Then the idea came to us that it would be helpful to include Jay in the meeting as the conflict had impacted his work. Thankfully he agreed to participate in the meeting. The mediator led us through some very helpful discussions and we made some progress toward resolving the conflict. But most significant was our friend’s comment at the end when he said, “thank you so much for inviting me to this meeting, this was the first time that anyone ever invited me to talk about this difficult situation.”

Thanks for your support and prayers as we continue to serve South Asia. We know that God is guiding our steps as he obviously put this meeting together—bringing Jay all the way to the US on the exact date when we scheduled the meeting because God knew this opportunity was what Jay would really appreciate.

In His service,

Ken and Joyce

Prayer Requests

· Do pray for Jay as he deals with this conflict issue back home. Pray that God will use the outcome of the mediation meeting to help resolve the issues. It is a slow process. Pray for us as well as we seek to work with other parties involved in the wider conflict situation.

· June 20-July 7 we will be making a ‘family memory’ trip to Bolivia together with Jennifer and her family. Bolivia is where we began and it has been 30 years since we were there. We are really looking forward to it. Pray that we’ll be able to get the flight reservations confirmed—it’s been a challenge.

· There are several ‘pilot translation projects’ being started by another organization to look at new and innovative ways of working on Bible translation. Pray for wisdom for our leaders as they work with these new projects, evaluate and give input to ensure good quality results.

Praise Items

· I (Joyce) was grateful to be able to see a doctor for a second opinion last week regarding my diagnosis of CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) and confirmed that at this time I don’t need to begin chemo treatment.

· What a wonderful time we had in the Philippines as we stayed a few days after the meetings to see Filipino friends and make a trip out to see Faith Academy and the staff there. God is blessing the school with new facilities and a good student population.

· It is Memorial Day weekend—we are grateful for those who have served so faithfully in the military—especially our own kids.

Answers to Prayer

We asked you to pray and God answered…

· Our meetings in Manila were very helpful—lots of good learning and new ideas. It was helpful to also have time to share and pray with others doing the same work in other countries.

· We praise God that everything in our home was in good shape when we returned. There’s been lots of rain so our dear neighbor even came over and mowed our grass before we got home!

· We enjoyed helping in some small ways as our son, Toby and his wife, Kristin got their house ready for sale. It’s on the market now so do continue to pray that it will sell soon as they prepare for the move from California to Florida this summer.

· Continue to pray for our colleagues who are re-applying for visas—no resolution yet.

· Kathy (the Director’s wife) has now completed 7 rounds of chemo and thankfully the side effects have not been as serious lately.