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Real Time Ministry Connection

Thursday, January 20

9:00 AM Mountain Standard Time

Join 15 minutes early (8:45 AM) for a time to chat with your colleagues!

Join us on Zoom to hear the latest from several of our Entrust colleagues from around the world. You'll hear about their current ministries and prayer concerns, and will have the opportunity to ask them questions.

Our January Real Time Ministry Connection features colleagues in Spain and the U.S.

This event is hosted by the Leadership Team. See below for schedule details and guidelines.

Featuring

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Dámaris

Dámaris knew when she was young that she wanted to become a missionary. The Lord confirmed this calling on her life when she was 20 and she has been serving the Lord since then. She has a theology degree, and has served as a youth pastor, preacher, worship team member, pastoral care provider, and a Bible study and community group leader. 

 

Dámaris is a facilitator and member of Entrust’s strategy development team for the Spanish Iberian hub. In this capacity, she promotes Entrust’s mission, vision, programs and curriculum, focused on spiritual development for the local church and ministry leaders in Spain.  

 

Dámaris also works at IBSTE (Instuto Bíblico, Seminario Teológico de España) coordinating chapel services, serving on the Leadership Council and primarily dedicating herself to the spiritual growth of the student body.  

 

She lives in Barcelona with her husband, David, and has served full-time with Entrust since 2019.

Prayer requests

  • With many varied areas of ministry, knowing how to use time wisely 

  • FRL training in Madrid in April/May 2022

  • Starting up FRL and DDH modules at IBSTE 

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Norma

Marhaba! This word means “God is love” in Aramaic/Syriac and is also a greeting equivalent of hello.

I was born, raised and lived most of my life in Nigeria. My parents are Lebanese and I am a U.S. citizen. I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus in 1982 through reading Joni Eareckson Tada’s biography. Through lots of events in my life, I ended up serving in Spain. I train, teach and apply storytelling using a curriculum developed by our former Entrust colleague, Jim Roche. https://storiesthatmultiply.com/?fbclid=IwAR0eIhGkrrKLhXotAGb6Exs0P0hdod5WSL8p4TWN419mEiHWytGkINetMPI 

 

I also serve the Lord among refugees from North Africa, the Levant area/Middle East, and from other African countries, here in Spain, where I have lived for five years. The Lord has blessed us, four ladies and I, with an NGO that was approved in August, which will allow us to serve the Lord in much wider and more effective way with the refugees, immigrants and the Spanish people.

Prayer requests

  • Praise the Lord for His faithfulness

  • For my residency to come by Jan. 17 or soon after, so I can leave by Feb. 5th

  • For my 6 months in the U.S.

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Sawng & Courtney

We’re Sawng and Courtney Thang (sounds like “tong” but if you want to call us Mr. and Mrs. Thaaang, that’s fine—we’re used to it living in the southern part of the United States). Our son, Benaiah, was born in November 2020. It was tough being pregnant and giving birth during the pandemic, but God was faithful through it all. Benaiah is walking, babbling, and learning how to give high fives and fist bumps to everyone he meets.

 

Sawng is from Myanmar where his family still lives. His dad is a pastor, and his mom helps run a small orphanage. Sawng felt called to ministry after college, and studied theology and worked in South Korea for six years. Then God led him to Dallas Theological Seminary in 2015, where he met Courtney. 

 

Courtney grew up in the U.S. state of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and has felt called to ministry since she was 15. She knew she wanted to serve overseas but had no idea where. In 2014, she started the cross-cultural ministry program at DTS. She met and married Sawng in 2016 and we made plans to move to Myanmar after Sawng finished his Masters of Theology degree. 

 

While in Dallas, we served at Myanmar Christian Church, a church of all Burmese refugees. We have a passion for equipping and discipling the next generation. We mainly focused on the youth and young adults, but also grew relationships with other church members and their families. Even though it’s not the same as living overseas, it was a great introduction for Courtney to some of the nuances of Burmese culture. 

 

Sawng graduated in May 2020, and with Benaiah due in November, we moved to Georgia to live with Courtney’s parents for a year. The plan was to move to Myanmar in the summer of 2021, but much as the pandemic shut down the world, Myanmar took it a step further with a military coup on Feb. 1, 2021. Since almost all U.S. nationals have fled or been removed from the country, it’s currently not possible to move there. Like Sawng’s parents said, if we moved and were confined to staying indoors and doing Zoom meetings/trainings, we might as well do that from here. 

 

After realizing moving to Myanmar wasn’t currently an option, we began praying for wisdom on where to settle. God made it abundantly clear that we were to head back to Dallas and reconnect with the community we had been serving for five years. Since our timeline is unknown, having a relational foundation to be able to work from has been a huge head start for our ministry efforts. Also, it’s been refreshing to reconnect with friends from seminary who share a passion for serving the Lord and who are in similar life seasons.

Prayer requests

  • Benaiah to continue to be healthy and not grow up too fast

  • Wisdom and direction for us as we shift our ministry plans (at least temporarily)

  • To settle and use our time well while we’re stateside

Program

8:45 to 9:00 AM MT

Meet with Colleagues

9:00 to 9:45 AM MT

Ministry Updates

9:45 to 10:00 AM MT

Prayer Time

10:00 to 10:30 AM MT

Optional Q&A

Zoom Guidelines

Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure the best possible experience for all attendees.

  • Make sure your equipment is working well with Zoom. You can test your speakers and microphone, lighting and background by setting up in the location you intend to use and running a test Zoom call at: https://zoom.us/test 

  • Make sure your full name is on your Zoom profile, or update it when you first enter the Zoom meeting.

  • MUTE your audio before entering the Zoom call. Unmute when you are ready to ask a question during Q & A.

  • Change to Speaker view (click View in the top-right corner, then select Speaker). Whoever is speaking will be in a large main screen, all others will be in small screens.

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