They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. (Acts 2:42-43)
Dear Heavenly Father,
The Thrive Retreat attendees will be coming to the retreat from varied backgrounds and places of service, as well as length of time they’ve been overseas. Some will be shy and wondering why they chose to come! Feeling welcomed will be so very important for our attendees. Please help that first smile of greeting ease any nervousness they might be feeling and help connect them with new friends. Please teach the volunteers how to be present and care for these precious women attendees and may they love them with Your sweet love.
The retreat is your gift of love for each of our guests. We look forward to seeing how You will use the teaching and fellowship, wonderful meals and special prayer and pampering times to encourage each one.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Attendee Country of Service Prayer Focus Nation: Peru
Challenges for Prayer:
Foreign missions have passed through difficult times, especially missions from the USA (over half of the missionary force in Peru); anti-US bias, accusations of espionage, occasional lack of cultural sensitivity, active hostility of anthropologists regarding Amerindian groups and widespread activities of Mormons and JWs have not helped. The majority of missionary effort is rightly directed to pioneer work in the eastern jungle, Bible translation, leadership training and the developing of holistic ministry. Some larger agencies are: CB/CMML, ABWE, SIM, MTW, BMM, VDM.
Challenge areas for ministry:
a) Lima is Latin America’s fifth-largest city. Almost two-thirds of the population live in slums ringing the city where abject poverty, unemployment and malnutrition are rife. Evangelization of the sprawling slums of Lima and nurture of churches in that difficult environment are a challenge, although Pentecostal groups, SAMS and Latin Link (LL) are seeing real progress. Praise God for the remarkable church growth in Lima through the work of foreign missions as well as many new Peruvian churches and ministries.
Excerpts taken from Operation World