Day 10 | 30 Days of Prayer | Africa

Posted on: October 08, 2014 Written by
Day 10 | 30 Days of Prayer | Africa
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A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34)

Attendees:  Karis, Melissa and Ruth

The cross-cultural community can begin to feel small.  Many teams are comprised of various nationalities, backgrounds, giftedness, with a variety of ministry focuses.  This can give rise to comparison, competition and perceived differing values; how fast one learns the language, sees conversions, how one’s kids adapt to national schools/churches, the furnishing of one’s home (or size of it), having limited funds, singles and married couples, with and without kids, adventurous or needing to be “hand held” during an orientation period, little visible fruit for the sacrifice and effort of living overseas.  All these things equate to ample opportunity for Satan to cause disunity, discontent, and hurt. Many times this feels like an emotional quagmire. We pray for confession of wrongs, healing of hurts and rebuilding of trust to unify teams and clearly reflect Jesus.

In Senegal, mainland Africa’s most westerly state, there are few believers, and the rate of growth is slow.  Believers are scattered, often poorly taught and under constant pressures from Muslim or animistic relatives to conform.  Lord, we pray for a strong church with a backbone of Christian families to be planted in each ethnic group.  Father, you know that every ethnic group is represented in Dakar, the capital.  We pray that this city will become a source of gospel light for the whole world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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About the author

Debbie Suits grew up in Naples, Italy, and fell in love with the city and its people. She came close to returning to Italy, but ended up in Madrid, Spain, where she and her husband worked for 16 years. They returned to the States due to the special needs of one of their children. She now lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and three kids (ages 24, 22 and 18). Debbie is a bi-lingual nanny, companion to the elderly, and Color Consultant. She is the author of the 30 Days of Prayer and is a representative of Get Hope Global (micro-enterprise loans). Debbie has been a part of Thrive retreats for many years as a Color Consultant and shares a kindred spirit with fellow women who work abroad.

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