Saturday, May 23, 2020

Banana Boat Update - May 2020

What’s been happening…
Global prayer summit – The European Baptist Federation’s anti trafficking working group hosted a Global Prayer Summit in which people from all over Europe and the United States gathered together to pray for anti-trafficking ministries.  It was awesome to hear prayers in 7 different languages.

Prayer walking in France, Germany, and at the beautiful park on the French and German border.
Kilos of Care for Kainos during Corona
 Lily project – We have been delivering groceries and new clothes during the Corona crisis

It has been 2 and ½ years since we have been home on furlough, so it is that time again…  We are looking forward to coming home to Texas again to see family and friends.  This furlough will look a little different: Megan will be attending college in Texas, changes with COVID, and Joel will be working in the same job, but in Texas.  So this will be an extended furlough for us, allowing us to be in Texas longer this time.  Tiffne has been asked to continue her work with the anti-trafficking ministries here in Europe virtually.  She will continue as the European Baptist Federation’s Anti Trafficking working group Coordinator, and serving with Kainos in Germany.  She is also looking forward to getting involved in anti-trafficking and other ministry in Texas as well as possibly taking courses in Seminary.  We will also continue to seek God’s will for MissionsTogether and where God will lead us in the future.  We continue to be so thankful for your financial and prayer support.  Thank you so much for partnering with us.  We have seen God do amazing things through prayer!  Eph. 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us!”

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April 2020

Speaking at a women’s conference at the Baptist Seminary in Madrid, Spain

Outreach/prayer walking team meeting in the park on the border of Germany and France

 Prayer walking the red light district in Frankfurt, Germany; one of the largest in the world


Speaking at an international women’s Bible study in Strasbourg 

The Whitley’s are doing well in Germany amid the COVID-19 shutdown.  Europe is facing many challenges…our friends in France can’t leave their homes without an official document.  In Spanish, the word corona means crown.  Our friends from Spain are saying, “The crown belongs to God, not to the virus!”

Thank you for continuing to pray for us. 

Please pray for Joel as he serves with a team responding to the COVID-19 virus.

Please pray for our Global Prayer Summit with the European Baptist Federation’s anti-trafficking working group.  We will be meeting online to pray with people from all over Europe on April 13th.

We are praying for you all as well.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas

This time of year we are very thankful for you all.  We are thankful for your prayers and support.  We love watching God work.  He has done amazing things this year. 

~Please continue to pray for the anti-trafficking ministries.  Please pray for our outreach teams that continue to reach out to victims of human trafficking.

~Please pray for our family as we continue to pursue God’s will.  Please pray for Megan as she finishes her senior year and prepares to go to college next fall.  Please pray for Cade and Dylan as they continue their freshman year at Kaiserslautern High School.

~Please pray for Joel as he continues to organize our ministries’ administration through MissionsTogether.

~Please pray for Tiffne as she continues to serve with the European Baptist Federation’s Anti Trafficking Working Group.

Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year
from the Whitley family!
Love, Joel, Tiffne Megan, Cade and Dylan

Monday, October 14, 2019

October 2019

Banana Boat Update

EuroVenture 2019
Youth camp for international Baptist churches, 
in Grindewald, Switzerland

VBS with an African theme
EBF council and Anti trafficking working group meetings in Scotland

Castle night with the youth

Football and Ballet

We are really enjoying watching God answer our prayers; from helping women to remodel their brothel into a home and finding new jobs, to breaking up trafficking rings in Scotland, to continuing to open doors for ministry here in Germany.  Thank you for praying with us!  Please pray with us; as this week hosts anti-trafficking day in the EU.  Also, please pray for our new friend who has a very important court date this week with a case against her trafficker that involves her precious children.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Banana Boat Update - July 2019

Wow! The banana boat has been on a whirlwind of adventures lately. In May, the European Baptist Federation’s Anti-trafficking working group met near Amsterdam. We had a wonderful team meeting, visited some ministries, and prayer walked in the red light district.

Then, the European Freedom Network met in Italy. We prayed together with anti-trafficking ministries from all over Europe.
In June, we traveled to Senegal, for the twenty year anniversary of our time together there. We had the awesome opportunity to visit the village church that we helped start 20 years ago as well as another church in a nearby village. We also visited a ministry for at risk children in the capital city. We enjoyed eating an African meal with them, playing games, and speaking about prevention of human trafficking. We prayer walked in areas of human trafficking.
Finally, in July, we traveled to Antwerp, Belgium to serve with a couple of ministries in the red light district and to continue prayer walking. As we celebrated the 4th of July in Antwerp, we continue to pray for the captives to be set free, that they might be free indeed. Isaiah 61:1


Friday, May 3, 2019

April 2019 Update

We are so thankful for your prayers and support as we serve among 
victims of human trafficking here in Europe.
 Prayer walking in the snow, sleet, rain, and even a little bit of hail! 
(Kind of like the postman and the energizer bunny – nothing stops us. J
Please continue to pray with us as we pray around new locations
that we are hoping to visit inside very soon.
Small gift bags given to the women on International Women’s Day.  
Please continue to pray with us as we reach out to these women.
Please pray for our three new friends who have been baptized recently 
as they  continue to grow in their faith.
Easter chocolate and the Easter story from the Bible in 10 languages.  
Please pray that our friends will begin to understand about a personal relationship with Jesus; through the story of his death, burial, and resurrection!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Banana Boat Update February 2019

We are enjoying the beautiful snow and our new home in Kindsbach, Germany….

…including continuing to prayer walk in the snow.

Please pray for us on the 13th, as we are hoping to make visits inside the new locations that we have been prayer walking for the past few months.  We will be taking Valentine’s Day gifts and Bible verses about God’s love in 9 different languages.

Thank you for praying for our time in Brussels.  Tiffne really enjoyed speaking at the European Baptist Federation Children’s and Youth Leaders Conference for the Anti-trafficking working group.  We enjoyed worshipping, fellowshipping, and collaborating with people from over 20 European and Middle Eastern countries.

Please pray for Dylan who will be having a small oral surgery on the 27th.

Tiffne and Joel Whitley