Lord Jesus, may these women’s work be produced because of faith, their labor be prompted by love and their endurance be inspired by hope in their Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 1:3).
Being “called”, raising funds, moving to the foreign country, and language school can take a couple of years – expectations, hopes, and passions run high. Oftentimes, once past the “honeymoon” stage, reality can look/feel distinctly different than one dreamed it would. It takes a humble, moldable, flexible spirit to allow God to redefine ministry. Lord we pray You soothe surprised/shocked hearts, broken dreams/expectations and help them embrace what may seem like mundane reality. Help them come honestly to You with their anger, resentment, puzzlement, and confusion. In the midst of it all, remind them of their specialness, uniqueness, and purpose in knowing You more than what they can or can’t DO for You.
Lord, be with the volunteers the next couple of days as they begin to process all that they have heard, seen and engaged their hearts with. Help them rest (a bit) and enjoy exploring the area. In Jesus’ name, Amen.