When traveling in a foreign country, these are some of the obvious differences.
What is not so obvious are the subtle differences:
Relationship. Worship. Spiritual Battle.
As volunteers at Azmera’s Ecuador Haven Retreat, we came to serve the servants. We came to pour love and encouragement into women experiencing the crisis of civil unrest. We came to offer a safe haven of refreshment in the midst of discouragement and uncertainty.
What we found were women hungry and thirsty to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. We found courageous women seeking to be reminded that they are not alone in the battle. We found weary women needing to know that they are seen, known, and loved by our Heavenly Father.
Azmera volunteers were privileged to be God’s hands in meeting these needs through solid Bible teaching, small group discussions, prayer, and counseling. The only One worthy of worship was lifted high – one of the most powerful expressions of worship was everyone singing th...
Pray for all the women at the retreat to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for darkness to tremble as she carries the Light of Life with her wherever she goes. Pray for the Kingdom of God to spread wherever these precious women walk. Pray for the glory of God to cast out darkness as these women claim the Name of Jesus over every situation, circumstance and relationship. Pray for boldness and courage as God makes a way where there hasn’t been a way yet. Pray for Truth to overcome all the lies.
Lastly, thank you, dear friends, for walking through this retreat with us in prayer. Prayer causes change. This retreat would not have been what it was without your faithfulness in bringing all these things before the throne of God. Our hope is that you will also know a greater depth of the Father’s love and compassion for you as you have spent time with Him on behalf of those involved in this retreat. May you know encouragement, hope and anticipation for what God is doing in yo...
Pray for the Spirit of God to fall heavy on each woman involved in the retreat - those who attended and those who served. Pray for each one to know God’s voice, to lean in and listen as He speaks. Pray for confidence and hope in what she has before her, that she would know that God will equip her with everything she needs as each moment arrives. Pray the things spoken over each woman will carry weight as it embodies God’s heart and desire for her. Pray for a renewed longing to see the kingdom of God come here on earth.
Pray for the women who attended the retreat, as they are back in the routine of life - however that may look - they would find and make time to put into practice the things God spoke to their hearts, things that will bring life, renewal, and draw them always closer to Jesus. Pray for space to process and rest, even in the midst of how busy things can be. Pray for their families and friends to see a difference in each one; to see the hand of God at work through attitudes, outlook, hope, and countenances. Pray for God to be glorified and worshipped because of the work He has done through the retreat and because He is worthy of glory and worship..
Pray for the Connection Crew as they get back home. Pray for moments of rest and quiet to be still before God as they reflect and contemplate everything they experienced and saw during this retreat. Pray for God to provide willing and attentive listeners for these women to share their experiences with. Pray for an increase in a desire to love well - people they know, and those they don’t. Pray that each woman on this Connection Crew will be impacted as she processes her time away, that she will know God in a deeper way and will long to not only see Him move in power, but to be used in practical ways by Him. Pray each heart will be stirred and broken by the things that stir and break God’s heart.
Pray for those who worked at the hotel and any other service workers that came in contact with this Azmera Retreat. Pray for them as they go about their daily lives, after having come in contact with Jesus through the women who served and attended. Pray God will continue to work in their hearts and lives, after seeing Jesus tangibly through His daughters as they fellowshipped together. Pray for the seeds that were planted and watered to grow, for God to have people in place to come alongside to continue to live out and show the love of Christ in practical ways. Ask that God’s glory be so great through this retreat - as His presence and love is spread throughout the world where these women are going.
Pray for the Connection Crew as they to head back home. Pray for a sense of peace and completion to be over each woman as she ends this time with the Ecuador Haven Retreat. Pray she will know she was used by God, even if she may not know in what specific ways. Pray for each woman to continue to look to God to give her rest, and to refresh her heart, soul, mind, and strength as she prepares to jump back into all the things she set aside for a time.