Attendees: Deedra and Jocelyn
May the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in very good deed and word [in your language!] (2 Thess. 2:16-17).
Language and culture learning may be some of the most draining things about beginning a new life on the field, yet they are also the very things that bring a worker to a place of contentment and effectiveness. Father God, we ask that You give them courage, perseverance, and energy for this process. We know that often times such abrupt changes in life and place bring on many illnesses. Please comfort and provide them with grace and good health care (along with learning and remembering the new medical vocabulary necessary!) as their bodies adjust to their new surroundings. May they retain (or develop) a sense of humor through it all, and if married, protect them from taking out their frustrations on one another. During the retreat, may they each thoroughly enjoy the interaction with other women, in English, who are in or have been in their similar struggles.