Thoughts from Mark

Be a Bethany

Eastern Europe is a land of castles. There are thousands of them spread out across the plains, rolling hills and mountains. Some are preserved and offer a journey back in time, others teeter on the edge of ruin. But each holds a collection of stories—stories of...

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Czech Republic/Poland Trip Report

Dear Thrive Partners, Thanks so much for standing with me in prayer for the trip to Poland and the Czech Republic. What a full and fruitful trip. The songwriting camp in Poland was extraordinary. The richness of the relationships among these creatives grows with...

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I Am These Sheep

Autumn weather in the Carpathian mountains is unpredictable. The shepherd, resilient and adaptable, must change his tactics as often as the trail turns.  His walk with the sheep back down from the mountain highlands to the villages traverses ninety miles in six...

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Autumn Poland Trip

My Dear Thrive Partners, Once again I’m sending loads of thanks for your prayers and support for this trip to Poland. Amazingly, this is my fifth trip there in the last 12 months and God continues to build strong partnerships and connect me to new leaders as well....

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East Africa Report

Dear Thrive Partner, Your prayers matter! On so many occasions as I travelled with our international Thrive partners in Kenya and Tanzania it seemed as though we could feel your prayers carrying us. I met my friends Yuriy and Olga Drozhzhin in Nairobi and we...

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Water is Life

Lazy waves lap against a gently sloping shore. A light breeze—barely cool to us, but cold to the natives—dances across my bare arms, the only coolness to be felt today. The morning is a symphony for the senses: the pungeant smell of fish; the squawking of birds as...

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Occupy

The wind whistles soft through the trees atop the bluff overlooking Omaha beach. The pathway winding though the trees opens up to manicured lawns and symmetrical rows of crosses at the American Armed forces memorial. These are the men and women who gave their lives...

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Prayers for Kenya/Tanzania

Hello Friends, I am writing this with such gratefulness since I know I have a great group of kingdom-minded people to pray and support Thrive Ministries. Without your help none of this could happen, so thank you. I am off to East Africa soon, working with dear...

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Heroes

A distant air raid siren splits the night in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk. The air defense warnings are mostly ignored here because they rarely result in an actual attack--but the anxiety is always in the air. The people of Lutsk are no strangers to the...

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Ukraine, Poland, France Trip Report

Dear Thrive Partner,  I am so grateful for your prayer covering during my recent trip to Ukraine, Poland and France. I’m still trying to take in the great diversity of ministry on this trip. In Ukraine, Philip Adams and I worked with pastors I have known for nearly...

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