Today we pray for…
Retreat attendees: Cathy and Audrey
May we (and the attendees) celebrate God all day, every day – truly revel in Him. We are not to fret or worry. Instead of worrying, Jesus, help us to pray. May our petitions and praises shape our worries into prayers, letting God know of our concerns. Let a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, come and settle us down. Work each of us into Your most excellent harmonies (Philippians 4:6-9, The Message).
Once stateside, many cross-cultural workers often face decisions in regards to schooling options, special testing, further education, medical concerns, possible redeployment, kid’s college choices, aging parents and their care, and needing to raise extra support. Any one of these can give rise to worry, fear and anxiety. Holy Spirit, empower them to practice and experience Your Word and peace as we lift these concerns before You. It is also a time to take advantage of the many resources the US has, special trainings, counseling, kid’s special fun programs. Bless them with joy in the midst of the busyness.
India has long been one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Second only to China in population, it dominates south Asia and the Indian Ocean. Though its constitution allows religious freedom, Hindu extremists have been waging a war of hate against Muslims and Christians in the past decade. Yet the Holy Spirit continues to raise up Indian Christians who have had a tremendous impact on the social and religious fabric of this country. We pray that this flowering of Christian leadership would continue to grow as well as church movements that are underway. In Jesus’ name, Amen.