Shawn and Christena Werdebaugh
Shawn and Christena Werdebaugh with their family are our missionary partners in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They serve with Josiah Venture. Their family consists of Zackery (17), Nathan (15), Corban (13) and Alisha (12). Shawn and Christena say, “…The thing we mostly want to communicate with you all would be how good God is. He somehow works in everyone’s lives and hearts at the same time. We are so blessed to see God encourage and bless our own kids. It blesses our hearts to see them serve and be served as we have said long ago...We want to be a FAMILY ON MISSION. And to see that, blesses us immensely.”
This summer seventeen churches came together to help with ministry, outreaches and programs. The Werdebaughs write that they were blessed with the churches “coming together and making a statement: we are in this together; hands, feet, eyes, and whatever part you are, you are needed. We are the body of Christ. It was an amazing statement! Praise God. Unity is something that has been difficult in Slovenia …” They are praising God for all the contacts and professions made.
Shawn and Christena thank those who have prayed for camps, campers, their family and the sale of their house. “We want you to know that each of your prayers for these things was above and beyond answered in a way we couldn’t have imagined. Praise God! When we surrender and give Him authority to work according to His will and purpose, He does such a better job than we could ever pull off.”
Shawn has just recently completed courses so he can become a certified baseball coach. He has to be observed as he holds a practice in September to be fully certified. “It has been a great opportunity to connect with another group in our community,” Shawn writes.
This past year was difficult as the Werdebaugh’s home was destroyed in a fire, they experienced Visa problems, and Christena’s uncle died. They are currently living in a small apartment. Prayer requests include a church building (renting and setting up every Sunday presently), spiritual growth, their marriage and parenting, the youth group starting up, open doors in the public schools, the baseball ministry, and a permanent home.
Please pray for the Werdebaugh family. A note of encouragement can be sent to them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shawn is the brother of our own Sarah Reinhardt.