Attendees: Martha, Diane, Rhonda, Karen, and Gwynn
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
Many of the women who have attended the retreat say that sending their kids off to college in the US is one of the hardest sacrifices they make in being cross-cultural workers. It is a time of difficult transitions for the entire family. Parenting these kids long-distance is a real challenge. This can quickly feel negative. Lord, we ask for Your comfort when the anxieties overwhelm them. Guard their minds with Your truth, and may they have Your strength to reject lies that Satan would like to paralyze them with. We ask for consistent and honest communication. Please provide healthy relationships and an intimate wholistic journey in Jesus for each of these young adults.
As mothers, free the women from anxiety about their adult kids, so they can have peace. Reaffirm to them that You are greater than anything they face. Help them not to blame themselves for things that go wrong in their kids’ lives. Redeem parental mistakes and release them from guilt. Help them forgive their kids for things they’ve done that hurt or disappoint them. Help them forgive anyone who has hurt their kids in any way. Give them faith to believe and patience to wait for the answers. Their heart’s desire is that each one walk intimately with Jesus.
Singapore could be called the cleanest magnate world-class city in the world. Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, this city of 5 million is the economic and trade hub of SE Asia, attracting workers from a dozen countries. With many agencies setting up international offices in Singapore, there’s a strong evangelical presence in the city. Singaporean cross-cultural workers serving abroad increased from 140 in 1988 to an estimated 693 in 2010. Pray that this encouraging growth would continue and that outreach to the multitude of immigrants working in the city would grow as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.