We want to keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give these ladies the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that they may KNOW him better. We pray also that the eyes of their hearts may be enlightened in order that they may know the HOPE to which he has called them, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great POWER for them who believe (Ephesians 1:17-19).
Lord, may Lisa, Esther, and Janet experience the truth of this verse.
Many of the attendees home school their children due to living in remote villages. Juggling multiple ages, various learning styles, some learning disabilities, while having the cultural need to be hospitable and available, is a daunting task. BALANCE between family and ministry roles is a continual area of tension. Father, grant them an abundance of grace, humor, wisdom, perseverance and strength. We pray that the kids are instilled with a love of learning, that will carry over the gaps that may occur in the curriculum being completed.
Lord, almost to the opposite extreme, other kids are attending boarding school. Once again, we ask that You bathe the kids and parents with peace and a creativity to maintain excellent communication long-distance. Please give comfort and safety for those times of homesickness, loneliness, depression, anger, and feeling abandoned. We pray that You provide healthy adults to assure them of their value and Your love for them. For the parents, guard their minds with truth as they experience loss, even while they believe it to be the best option for their kids.
Attending national schools can carry their own set of challenges. Different philosophies of education, corporal punishment, or a shame-based approach to motivating kids are some areas that may be experienced. Add to that, learning the language and culture at various ages and developing friends. It can all add up to huge hits on an already uprooted identity for these missionary kids. Holy Spirit, please comfort and ground everyone in Your love and truth –including the parents.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
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