Topic: Team Unity/Healthy Team Dynamics
Today we pray for Attendees: Annie, Tracie, Mel, and Winnie
Jesus prays for His disciples: Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they maybe one as we are one. … My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. … Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:11, 15, 17
Lord, we ask that Your Spirit will reveal any areas of unforgiveness among Your workers. We battle an enemy who uses relational wounds to divide us in our goal of seeing Your Kingdom expanded. We pray against unforgiveness between team members (or national partners), grace to accept one another as they are, along with wisdom and perseverance to work in unity. We ask for healing and for truth to purify. May the interaction with others in hard situations lead to forgiveness and freedom. Help them retain a humble and teachable heart.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Regional Prayer Focus Nation: Italy
Challenges for Prayer
The need for expatriate workers has not diminished, but it has changed. Helping the existing Italian Church mature, expand and reach out, as partners and with a servant attitude, is now needed.
Attrition is traditionally high here, often due to inadequate preparation, entrenched opposition and relatively low fruitfulness. Some significant groups (and a number of expatriates) in the country are CB/CMML/EoS, TEAM,Avant, Missions-gesellschaft, Campus Missions International. Italian Ministries is a field-based mission, started in 1998, that has a positive impact in further enabling foreign workers.
Literature and Bible distribution have not had a wide impact due to Italians’ reluctance to read. There are about 15 Christian bookshops, including CLC with nine bookstores and The Bible Society with Italy’s largest Bible and literature centre. Pray for the growing number of Italian publishing houses – ADI Media (AoG), Alfa & Omega (Reformed publishers), GBU andPassaggio, among others.
Excerpts taken from Operation World