Friday, August 29, 2014

how to pray (during a mission trip)


Tomorrow is almost here.  Our team of 12 is headed to Nicaragua to serve in several ways and solely for the purpose of sharing God’s love through acts of kindness, meeting needs and telling what God has done for us.

Whether you are on the trip of staying home, there is a big something that you have to be part of.  That is the PRAYER TEAM.  You have been asked to pray, and I once again ask you to spend some time each day, between now and next Saturday night lifting our mission team to the Lord.

Jude 1:20  NLT
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,

PRAY FOR: Jeannie, Kim, George, Tracy, Carolyn, Megan, Steve, Moriah, Tina, Betsy, China and Michael (me). 

SCHEDULE: traveling this Saturday and next Saturday, ministry in local villages churches on Sunday, various ministry points including food, kids events, radio, pastor’s school, and more will take place Monday through Friday.

Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored.

Here are some of the ways were ask you to pray.

Pray for PEOPLE.  Those on the trip and those at home.  Pray for health.  This is one of those times when it is easier to get sick.  Pray for strength and peace.  When we encounter new things we often end up stressed or not confident, and we need peace to do what we are asked to do.  Pray for the words we will share.  Opportunities to share, the right words and more.  Pray for our family and friends who are staying home.  Ask God to provide what they need as well as safety and wisdom.

Pray for RESOURCES.  This would include our luggage to arrive with us and for all of the ministry materials we are bringing to be ready to share.  You know those times that something doesn't work just right?  It happens, and it many times happens when we least expect it.  Pray for enough to share and that each will bless those who receive them.

John 17:21  NLT
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

Pray for FLEXIBILITY.  One of the most important aspects of being on a mission trip is the ability to adjust when the need arises.  This is the first time I have been out of the country in over 14 years, but what I learned in working in Honduras and leading those and other trips is that things change and adjusting isn’t always easy.  Pray our team members are able to adapt and work well. 

Luke 12:31  NLT
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

Pray for LIVES TO BE CHANGED.  This would include the team members and those we work with, the people we leave behind and those they will encounter.  The only one to really be able to change anyone is God.  It is by His grace that this is possible.  Pray that people would accept Jesus.  Pray that those who stepped away from God would return.  Pray for those who are asking or questioning and seeking that they will hear and respond to our awesome God.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

This is a time of blessing.  God has provided the finances and resources to make this trip possible.  So one the one thing we cannot forget to pray for and with is this… Pray prayers of PRAISE because it is all about God.  It is for His glory and the growth of His kingdom here on earth.

May God use each of us to make a difference in the loves of the people we will encounter during the next 8 days.  This is gonna be awesome.  Wait for and look for updates coming soon!  God is good … all the time!!!

… I thank God for you... Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

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