I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord (Psalm 40:1-3).

We want to lift up Linda, KathyJo and Mary to You, Lord. We ask that your comfort be felt in tangible ways when they experience loneliness, depression and grief. So often while serving overseas one has to grieve losses long-distance. When news of a loved one’s sickness, divorce, struggles or death occurs, the missionary can feel very isolated. There are times when the losses can be multiple (i.e. death of mom, grandmother, close friend). Processing these can be a lonely, long road. Lord, we ask You to be their anchor in the middle of their emotions, and pray for your loving arms to hold them. Be their rock and give them a new song. May they each meet someone at the retreat with whom they can share their heart with and feel heard. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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