Day 27 | 30 Days of Prayer | Italy

Posted on: October 21, 2015 Written by
Day 27 | 30 Days of Prayer | Italy

______________________ DAY 27 – EXPECTATIONS______________________

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 a 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 I/we pray You soothe surprised/shocked hearts and broken dreams/expectations, and help these women 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 and that knowing You is more important than what they can or can’t DO for You.

Heavenly Father, like many of its European neighbors, cynicism toward religious leaders (especially of Roman Catholic persuasion) runs deep amongst the Italians. In northern Italy the occult is growing in popularity, spiritists easily outnumbering priests. For decades global worker efforts have been plagued by an attitude of non-cooperation. I/we praise the Lord that this attitude is changing and every year brings new cooperative ministries. I/we pray that this movement continues and that the Italian evangelical community would have an impact that surpasses its size.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

©2015 Thrive.

About the author

Debbie Suits grew up in Naples, Italy, and fell in love with the city and its people. She came close to returning to Italy, but ended up in Madrid, Spain, where she and her husband worked for 16 years. They returned to the States due to the special needs of one of their children. She now lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and three kids (ages 24, 22 and 18). Debbie is a bi-lingual nanny, companion to the elderly, and Color Consultant. She is the author of the 30 Days of Prayer and is a representative of Get Hope Global (micro-enterprise loans). Debbie has been a part of Thrive retreats for many years as a Color Consultant and shares a kindred spirit with fellow women who work abroad.

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