FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
Two quick updates around Uttermost HQ. One, our international office is now fully stocked with new personnel. We can't tell you how great this is. They have been stretched pretty thin for years now (our admins keep leaving to go be field reps ... jerks) and the brass travels 90% of the time - leaving the US office to pick up the slack (not the most economic way to run a global organization). Now that we're back to full strength, we're not only more efficient in supporting our 50+ reps scattered around the world but we can take a few deep breaths and devote more resources towards long term planning. Secondly, tomorrow night our fundraising and development arm is hosting an event in Birmingham, AL to pitch the mission and vision of Uttermost Sports to the locals down there. We're praying for new partners to buy in and help fund the work. If you would like to donate to our cause and help reach the unreached through sports you can give here: https://uttermostsports.org/give/
For the Win[dow],
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Colossians 3:3
"For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Laos
Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997 and the WTO in 2013. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for house church leaders who are singled out as targets of persecution to persevere with grace.
- Pray for Lao seekers to toss aside the social pressure to practice Buddhism and place their hope in the one true God.
- Pray for believers to unashamedly proclaim the Gospel to their neighbors despite close government monitoring.
- Pray for our Uttermost workers in the field.
- Pray for the US office.