May Day is now most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement. The holiday may also be known as Labour Day or International Worker’s Day and is marked with a public holiday in over 80 countries. The 1 May date is used because in 1884 the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of 1 May 1886. This resulted in the general strike and the Haymarket Riot of 1886, but eventually also in the official sanction of the eight-hour workday.
Vacation in Spain
We had a wonderful week of vacation on the island of Majorca and came back refreshed and ready for a season of guests, travel to visit other colleagues, organization and preparation of retreats, opportunities to teach, and networking with Slovak partners.
Pray for Trey as he seeks to finalize details this month for the Cluster Retreat at the end of July with colleagues in 10 different countries, the mission teams from Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA and First Baptist Church in Weatherford, OK, and those at the hotel in southwest Poland. We are so thankful for these two churches who are coming to serve us and our colleagues!
Ask that God speak in and through Trey and Elise as we go to the Baptist Church in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia May 11-13. Elise will be speaking to the ladies and Trey to the men on Friday evening, and Trey will be preaching on Sunday.
Pray for safe travels and stamina for Trey as he attends IMB leadership meetings in Thailand May 14-25.
Pray for Elise as she prepares the spiritual emphasis of the Women’s Retreat for colleagues May 18-20 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Remember our new pastor and family (Danny, Clara, and Kristina Jones) as they move from Little Rock, Arkansas to Bratislava, Slovakia on May 23. Pray that their house would sell, that they would get everything accomplished prior to that time, and God would minister His peace and comfort to them.
Remember the Ouachita Baptist University mission team as they serve in Krakow, Poland. Pray for the Atkins and their friends from Louisiana, the Hodgkins, who will join them May 28-31. Pray for many opportunities to share the gospel with those whom God has prepared to receive Him as Savior and Lord.