Attendees: Sandra, Bonnie, Rhonda, Charlotte, and Scout
Blessed are the women who trust in the Lord and whose hope is in the Lord. For they’ll be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
In whatever circumstances the attendees are arriving, may they experience anew Your light and hope in some tangible way during the retreat. God visit these women with grace in their seasons of transitions. We pray that the barren landscape of trial will become the fertile soil for new growth. May our gracious God revive their spirit and restore their laughter. May they find Him in their pain and trust Him in their waiting. May the One who redeems all things meet them powerfully as they journey through a “Land Between” (The Land Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions, Jeff Manion). We pray that You free them from a spirit of fear.
Malaysia is a country of roughly 30 million people, located on the peninsula jutting south from mainland Thailand and the north part of the island of Borneo. The official religion is Islam claiming over 60% of the population and growing in aggressively seeking to apply sharia law on a national level and state level. The church is steadily growing in number and in wisdom in how to minister in an Islamic nation. Lord we ask that the networking between churches and groups would continue to grow. We pray also that conservative Islam would be checked in its push for total control over the lives of Malaysians and the huge Chinese and Indian populations. In Jesus’ name, Amen.