Today we pray for…
Attendees: Heidi, Joanna P., and Lindsay
May these women trust in the Lord with all their hearts and lean not unto their own understanding; in all their ways acknowledge Him and He will make their paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 9 (paraphrased)
Adoption is a beautiful, complex thing. Lord, we pray for abundant insight, grace, love, perseverance, and emotional energy as the women, their husbands, and sometimes biological children, embrace a new member (and in some cases sibling sets) into the family. We pray for healing of wounds, emotional attachment, a deep sense of being loved for these children, and unity in their family. May each become Your child.
Many of the attendees homeschool their children. (Lord, instill these students with a love of learning that will fill the gaps that may occur in the curriculum.) Juggling multiple ages, various learning styles, and sometimes learning disabilities—while having the cultural (and ministry) need to be hospitable and available—is a daunting task. Balance between family and ministry roles is a continual area of tension. Father, grant them an abundance of grace, humor, wisdom, perseverance, and strength.
Conversely, attending national schools can carry its own set of challenges. Different philosophies of education, corporal punishment, or a shame-based approach to motivating students are some areas that may be experienced. Learning the language and culture at various ages and developing friendships is also a challenge. All these things can add up to huge hits on an already uprooted identity for these cross-cultural children. Holy Spirit, please comfort and ground everyone in Your love and truth—including the parents.
Thrive has the privilege to host a handful of African women who are actively involved in their sending agencies. We pray they glean helpful ideas as they observe the retreat that will encourage their women to thrive.
In Jesus Name, Amen.