I hope all of you are having a great summer! We are thankful for a cooler summer this year as it makes it much easier to work and enjoy life in our apartment. There were several days last summer when we felt like we were working in a sweatbox! We enjoyed our very informative visit to Germany with the European Leadership Affinity Team as we went on a Reformation Tour and had the privilege of having our cousins come for a visit from Phoenix to see us in Bratislava last month!
Trey is especially busy preparing to lead our annual meeting for all IMB (International Mission Board) personnel living in 10 different countries in Central Europe. This event is a team effort of our IMB personnel and volunteers from Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina; we would ask you to pray for those who are preparing to lead seminars, worship, childcare, youth and children’s programs as well as the logistics of getting everyone involved to the village of Oberwiesenthal which is on the border of Germany and Czech Republic. Also, ask the Lord to use this time to encourage, strengthen, challenge and empower His children to carry out His purposes in their lives. Ask that all would be done for His glory, honor, and praise.
Elise had to say goodbye to one of her dear friends and neighbors, Marcia. Please remember Marcia, Thomas, and their two daughters as they transition to Madrid, Spain. Ask that God would continue to woo Marcia to Himself and that He would give her that measure of faith to believe. God continues to be so faithful to provide wonderful opportunities for Elise to witness, encourage, comfort, and strengthen the faith of women from the ages of 18 to 80! Ask that she would depend fully on God the Holy Spirit to minister to these beautiful women that He has placed in her life. Ask that God would continue to give her the wisdom and discipline to continue to learn the Slovak language.
Ryan and Summer are having a wonderful first summer together as a married couple! Ryan has finished his TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and is leading ESL (English as a Second Language) camps for those from both Brazil and China. Ryan and Summer will leave the last week of August for Dalian, China where Ryan will be teaching English at a University through the Teach Abroad Program (TAP) sponsored by California Baptist University (CBU) and Summer will be finishing her classes through CBU’s online program. Pray for them as they make this big adjustment together and that they would lean hard on God and His providential care.
Bret also has a big change in his life as he prepares to transfer to East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) in Marshall, Texas. We are so thankful for God’s provision of academic scholarships for Bret as he prepares for his fourth year of university and the opportunity to be a part of the Basketball team at ETBU. Ask that God would be preparing Bret for this new academic/athletic setting and to become a Texan! 😉
Most importantly, ask that all five of us would allow God to do His transforming work in our lives on a daily basis so that we can reflect His likeness to those that we meet each day.
We so appreciate your love, support, and prayers on our behalf. Please let us know how we can pray for you and cc Elise (firstname.lastname@example.org) on your return communication.
In His Love,
Trey and Elise Atkins
Martin Luther’s Study at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany
Reformation Tour – Dresden, Germany
Wartburg Castle – Eisenach, Germany
Ranee and Charlie in Bratislava
Bret, Trey, and Ryan at Muir Woods