Today we pray for Attendees: Erika, Lorianne, Susan and Breann
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
Adoption is a beautiful, complex thing. Lord, we pray for abundant insight, grace, love, perseverance, faith 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, protection, and a deep sense of being loved for these children, and unity in their family. May each become Your child.
Many of the attendee’s home school 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 (actually for all the women!). Father, grant them an abundance of grace, creativity, humor, wisdom, perseverance, discipline and strength.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Regional Prayer Focus Nation: Kazakstan
Challenges for Prayer
The expatriate Christian community is very diverse.Many speak Kazakh and are committed to long-term work in Kazakhstan. Russians, Americans, Koreans, Germans and many other nationalities all enrich the ministry in their own way. Pray for humility as they serve the indigenous Church. Thank God for the coordinating work of the Kazakh Partnership. There are many needs – reaching the unreached, training, discipling, tentmaking as well as business-as-mission and work focused on material needs. The government can be suspicious of and hostile to the presence of missionaries – pray for the doors to remain open to minister. The threat of intimidation, expulsion and even violence exists, even if it is not common.
Christian mercy ministries. There is widespread dysfunction and brokenness in many Kazakh families. Alcoholism and drug addiction are widespread; heroin is as easy to obtain as alcohol. Family breakdown and widespread corruption exacerbate the suffering of many. Pray for Christians to have a powerful transforming effect on society as they demonstrate Christ’s love. There are increasing numbers of ministries focusing on these needs. One of the most remarkable is Mission Agape, a live-in programme where addicts are discipled and trained – over 100 have become missionaries and church planters.
Excerpts taken from Operation World