Day 22 | 30 Days of Prayer | Malaysia
Today we pray for Small Groups
Volunteers: Katie, Elisabeth and Dori
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.” Acts 4:23-24
Dear Heavenly Father,
One of the gifts of the Thrive Retreats is the relationships that are built during the small group times. Made up of two volunteers and five to seven attendees who are married or single and from different backgrounds and areas of service, the small groups will meet several times.
They will have a chance to get to know one another as they share their life stories with each other and process the messages they are hearing. Please help each one to feel safe, honored and respected as they share. Please teach them how to care and pray for each other. Please help them to fall deeper in love with You as they share this time with each other.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Regional Prayer Focus Nation: Macau
Challenges for Prayer
Macau is one of the least-discipled Chinese communities in the world. The major hindrances to evangelism and breakthrough are the strength of the gambling industry, the social cohesion of Chinese culture, Buddhist/Daoist beliefs and fear of offending A-Ma, the local god after which the city was named. The Church is small, weakened by emigration and a high turnover of leadership. Pray for local leaders to be raised up who will help the Church survive and grow and be a blessing to China and the world. The Macau Bible Institute was the first theological school; there are several other practical ministry training programmes in place as well.
Excerpts taken from Operation World
About the author
Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.View all articles by: Linda Swanson
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