Today we pray for…
Attendees: Joanie and Rhonda
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm . But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Lord, significant friendships are even more valued when one leaves her family and country to serve You elsewhere. We want to ask Your provision of a deep friendship for each of these ladies. May each one thoroughly enjoy the “girl time” at the retreat, feel she can be herself, be accepted, and be understood.
Father, we want to lift up the single women serving you overseas. We pray that they would find a close friend either on their team or with a national believer; may this person join them in fellowship with You. We ask that they will develop friends that are like-minded; may they find girlfriends that they can just have fun with! Help them guard their schedules. As they say goodbye and hello to many roommates, enable them to keep their hearts open. Provide for their needs in unique ways and encourage them when they long for companionship. Help them lean hard into You during dry, hard and lonely seasons of life. Many of them yearn to be married. May they trust You in this area of their life–we ask You to orchestrate meeting godly, available men, in Your perfect timing. If they are in a relationship, we ask that You give them wisdom and discernment as to Your will for them.
For those getting on in years and looking at retirement, may they transition with grace, trusting You to meet their needs. Fill them with godly contentment and intimate encounters with You.
Throughout the years, Kenya has been seen as one of the more stable countries of East Africa, yet like its neighbors, pervasive corruption in the highest levels keeps it from realizing its potential. A huge national debt, the marginalization of non-ruling ethnic groups, and the spread of HIV/AIDS does not make for a bright future. Yet, the possibility of major changes exist as over 35% of the people claim to be evangelical. In spite of nominalism within the Protestant church, many believers are making a difference and can be found in all levels of government, commerce, and relief and compassion work. Pray for the equipping of Kenyan believers to be godly influencers in their country as they face incredible challenges and become a pivotal player in reaching the continent for Christ.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.