Attendees: Jennifer, Joanne, Holly, and Donna
We pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen each of these ladies with power through his Spirit in their inner being, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. May they have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Do so in a way that is immeasurably more than all they could ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within each of them! (Ephesians 3:14-20).
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. Help them maintain (or develop) a sense of humor in the midst of the struggles. Grant them creativity (especially with little ones), discipline, interspersed with much grace. Guard them from the ever present comparison game with others.
Please help the attendees figure out the logistics of leaving kids and ministry behind, and keep everyone healthy. Give them travel mercies and may they arrive on time to enjoy every minute of the retreat.
Without a doubt Costa Rica is one of the success stories of Central America. A long history of a stable, democratic government has made it an anchor of stability in the region. The evangelical church is not stable as congregations are noted for the large back door, a sign of weak discipleship training. Rivalry, divisions, and over the top legalism plague many churches. Ironically, Costa Rica is the home for several well thought of training schools and seminaries. Pray for the realization and growth of cooperation between evangelical groups that would allow them to influence not only Costa Rica but other Central American countries. In Jesus’ name, Amen.