Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

Lord, significant friendships are even more valued when one leaves family and country to serve You elsewhere. Many goodbyes are draining, and loneliness and homesickness can be a reality at any stage of ministry. We want to ask Your blessing and provision of a deep friendship for Diane, Vivienne and Jacki today. Our desire is that the women thoroughly enjoy the “girl time” at the retreat and be able to share their hearts, feel seen, valued, heard and appreciated. Guatemala is a land of mountains, volcanoes and lakes. It is Mexico’s southern neighbor. Just 2% of the population owns 80% of the land, marginalizing and oppressing the largely Maya majority. Thank you Lord for the signing of the peace accord to end 36 years of war. Thank you that Christianity is continuing to grow due to the devastating 1976 earthquake, the violence and pain of war, the effective witness of believers and the large, dedicated force of missionaries. We pray Father that there will be a recognition of the wrongs committed against the indigenous population over 500 years. We pray for reconciliation after a generation of war with atrocities on both sides. Thank you that there is a widespread evangelism by many means – city crusades, Christian high schools, and Christian TV and radio stations. We pray that the fruit may be multiplied, believers mature and new generations won for Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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