Don’t be afraid for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown…For I am the Lord your God…you are precious to me….and I love you (Isaiah 43:1-4).
How exciting that Christina, Sarah, Tammy, and Vonia are in for four special days at the retreat! Give them rest and an acute ability to focus and receive all that You have for them.
Lord, we want to lift up to You the women dealing with various illnesses. Chronic fatigue syndrome, Meniere’s disease, recovery from brain injury, cancer, migraines, stomach issues, and allergies are not uncommon on the field. Enable them to maintain a balance and joy while living day-to-day ministering to their families and nationals. Please be there in the discouraging, painful times when it seems like it is too much to deal with. For those who are mourning about a new diagnosis confronting a family member or friend in the States, we ask for Your comfort, as they are far away and are not able to grieve in community.
Christian sending agencies have found it hard to establish long-term ministry in Serbia and Kosovo. Lord, we pray that openings may increase and long-term workers be called and that every part of the country be reached. We pray for an effective transition from short-term aid and rehabilitation ministries to long-term community development and discipling by those who are able to learn the cultures and languages. Many Serbians have moved to other parts of Europe as war or economic refugees. Funds they remit home are the main source of income for much of the population. We pray for effective outreach to Serbians, Albanians, and others in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, France, and elsewhere. We ask all this in Jesus’ name, Amen.