Today we pray for Volunteers:  Peg, Judyann, Elisabeth, Bethany, Gail

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. (Philippians 1:4 )

Dear Heavenly Father,
You know how much courage and humility it takes for us to admit we need help when we are hurting, perplexed or confused because of burdens, hurts from trauma or relationships gone sideways. The counselors you have sent to serve the attendees will be a huge gift to those who need someone safe to talk to about the heavy things on their hearts.
Please give the retreat attendees courage to face what is in their hearts. Please give the counselors the ability to listen with love, compassion and a heart to understand and extend Your hope. Please bless each counseling visit with the healing and insights only You can provide and may Your truth shine a light to each one’s path.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

©2017 Thrive

Attendee Country of Service Prayer Focus Nation: Sweden

Challenges for Prayer:
The Church of Sweden is no longer the State Church. Its size, political influence and social impact are large, but on the wane. Liberal theology and practice dominate the Church, from endorsing same-sex marriage to universalism and rejecting the divine authority of Scripture. Politicians (often without any clear faith in Jesus) are frequently chosen to sit on parish councils. Unsurprisingly, the Church is in numerical decline and attendance is between 1-2% of membership. On the local level, there are a number of evangelical congregations, pastors and members, but the national structures are dominated by a liberal agenda. Pray for God to shake and refine this Church. Movements such as Taizé, Oasis and Pilgrimage are having a positive and inspirational influence on the Lutheran Church.

Excerpts taken from Operation World