Day 20 | 30 Days of Prayer | Colorado
Today we pray for Volunteer: Eva Burkholder
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong. (Romans 1: 9-11)
Dear Heavenly Father,
Our speaker, Eva Burkholder, is so eager to share with the retreat attendees and volunteers the messages she believes You have given her. We ask that You anoint her so the words of her mouth will be pleasing to You. May only Your Truth will be spoken and heard during her times of teaching.
Please strengthen Eva Burkholder and keep her healthy in every way. Encourage her heart and give her courage and boldness, compassion and understanding. Please carry her through these days and help her to receive Your comfort for any cares she may be holding in her heart.
Please teach each attendee and volunteer what You are wanting her to learn through Eva Burkholder’s messages and help them to know how to apply those lessons to their lives in practical ways. May each woman leave the retreat changed because of the spiritual gifts You will give them through Eva Burkholder.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Attendee Country of Service Prayer Focus Nation: Rwanda
Challenges for Prayer:
Rwanda has made great progress in many areas since the tragic events of 1994-95.
a) The nation’s infrastructure was brutalized during the conflicts. Political stability since 2000 allows for rebuilding and developing roads, buildings, government services, water and sanitation, education and communications systems.
b) Financial recovery is encouraging, with Rwanda one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. The mainstays of national income – tea and coffee – have seen their high quality and significant output restored. Eco-tourism is a burgeoning industry. The stated goal of the nation to cease its dependence on foreign aid is a sign of confidence in further growth, but many hurdles remain.
c) The presence of women in leadership. Over half the elected parliament are female, surely a sign of progress, especially since men were the primary perpetrators in the genocides and women mostly victims.
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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