Attempting to connect North American pastors with International churches

Our family is now fully-immersed in our summer routine. As hot as it’s been here in Chattanooga lately, we’ve been spending as much time in the water as we can. Here’s what else we’ve been up to the past month or so.

Our sons (Judah, 14 and Asher, 12) participated in spring football practice for Grace Academy in mid-May.

I was invited to attend the International Theological Education Summit in Harrisburg, PA hosted by ABWE on May 17-18. I gave a breakout session talk entitled “A Pastoral Approach to Global Theological Training.” For those interested, I can send along the transcript.

My home church allowed me to preach and give an update on our ministry on May 22. I was able to share stories from my travels to Europe earlier this year. The sermon was from Genesis 14, and you can watch it here (it begins at about the 26:00 mark).

In addition, I have been teaching a weekly elective class for fellow church members on the topic of biblical theology. We started on April 24 and will conclude with one final discussion this week (June 26).

All four of our children finished out the school year the week of May 23-27.

We took a family vacation to the Gulf Shores, AL area from May 29 – June 3.

Judah has been participating in basketball camps for the past couple of weeks. One of the ways the Lord has seen fit to help offset some of our support shortage is to provide opportunities for teaching and coaching at GBA, so I expect to be doing more of that this coming school year.

Our girls (Eva, 8 and Tori, 5) are participating in Camp Grace this summer, and are enjoying daily field trips and other activities with fellow campers and counselors.

I have continued regular meetings and calls with teammates and partners from around the world, as well as interviews and conversations with potential future teammates.

In early July (2nd through 11th), I will travel to Michigan where the Lord has graciously provided meetings with THREE churches and their leaders. Please pray for these opportunities. I will preach and present our ministry at one church on July 3, then I will meet with another pastor on July 7, and finally I will present at another service on July 10. We are hopeful that the Lord will use these conversations to provide some of the financial support that we still lack, and to connect us with other like-minded brothers and sisters who can join with us as we attempt to connect North American churches and believers with what God is doing around the world.

If you would like to give toward the expenses of this trip (I’ll be doing a lot of driving), please contact me at or visit our page to donate online. Many of you have been so kind as to generously give one-time gifts in the past, and this is another case where those would be greatly appreciated. Maybe you’re ready to become a monthly partner with us, in which case we want to hear from you as well.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and ongoing encouragement. Thank you for obeying the great commission with us.

Author: David Prairie

Husband. Father. International Theological Education for Live Global and ABWE. Doctoral Graduate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Twitter user: @DavidPrairie

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