The Ecuador Haven Retreat starts in one week (October 14 - mark your calendars!)
Will you join us in prayer over this retreat over the next three weeks?
We are going to be praying for our staff, our Connection Crew, the women who will be attending, and those we will come in direct and indirect contact with during our time in Ecuador .
Please pray as the Lord leads you; don’t feel like you have to pray for everything mentioned on each day, this is a suggestion and guide and the last thing we desire is for anyone to feel overwhelmed with prayer requests. So have fun praying as you trust the Lord to lead your prayers over this Haven Retreat! We have hopefully designed this in such a way for you to be able to print out the prayer requests each week to keep them close at hand as you spend time in the Word and in prayer. Thanks again for partnering with us!
Pray for the Connection Crew as they are on the one-week countdown to departing for Ecuador. Pray the time they spend with their churches, family and friends this week would not only be sweet, but would be refreshing and fill them to the fullest as they set to serve and pour out of themselves in ways they are expecting, and in ways that are yet to be revealed. Pray that God would ease any worry or anxiety over last-minute details that still need to come together. And pray for an extra layer of physical protection as they get ready to travel – pray against cold/flu, against migraines, against anything out of the ordinary that would cause unrest in the spirit and the body. And for an extra layer of fun in praying, if you so desire – ask God to give you a name and physical ailment that you can be praying specifically for.
Also please pray for the unrest in Ecuador to end. The people and government would find solutions to the gas prices and peace would prevail over the whole country. There would be calm and safety for all those traveling and attending the Haven retreat.
October 7 Today we will begin praying for each woman who will attend the Haven Retreat.
Pray as the Holy Spirit leads.
S: Wisdom and energy to focus at this stage of life and ministry. Ask that she be moved in spirit to step back from difficult situations and people, where the demand on her is high, emotionally and physically. Pray for courage to care for herself, and to lay the demands on her in the ready hands of Jesus. Ask that she would realize God is always going to meet her right where she is, with gentleness and protection because His love for her is so great.
T: Praising God for His goodness and faithfulness. Pray for her to have total dependance and intimacy with Jesus as she juggles a full plate of ministry and raising four children in a new culture. That he would not only sustain her but also give her full joy every day, especially when she is tired.
A: After 3 years of cross cultural ministry and many changes, she is feeling burnout. Please pray for perseverance, identity in Christ and healing of a battered heart. To know that she is deeply loved by God, that she is His beloved and no one compares to her in His eyes. Ask that her heart be softened where it has struggled to trust and believe that God loves her unconditionally and compassionately. Ask that she be given a new confidence in who she is in Christ, and of who He is to her. Pray that she would begin to see herself as God does, without fault or blemish, but whole and wholly loved.
R: Her heart is heavy for the Quichua people to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Pray for her to be given a spirit of boldness and courage as she speaks, and as she serves those who are in need.
T: She would depend more on Jesus, find rest in HIM in my daily life. Please pray for a good team building and trust building time with their new volunteers. God to bless the desire of her heart to bless others in ministry through her leadership. Ask that she would look beyond what is in front of her and ask for wisdom in how she can partner with God with the gifts and talents He has given her, to come alongside others who work in ministry that looks differently than hers. Ask that she be given understanding in how God has uniquely gifted her to encourage and support those in her life.
K: Confirmation of her family’s calling. Healing and answers for some health issues. She needs renewed hope and faith after 12 years of sowing resulting in tiredness and exhaustion. Ask that God would speak to her during her retreat time concerning where and how He wants them to serve Him. Pray she would heed the voice of the Holy Spirit as He leads and guides her family in the path He has set before them. Ask for a holy protection against spiritual attacks in her heart and mind. Pray also that God would bring into her life someone who understands what she is struggling with, and who will speak truth and life to her.
L: Our daughter is starting a new school and she’s nervous. So, for wisdom to help her transition. God to make a way her daughter in this time. Pray for peace instead of confusion and doubt, hope instead of despair, and a deep sense of God’s leading where anxiety and worry may be taking up space. Ask that she would know confidence in the work of God’s hands and trust Him to provide for every need her daughter has– physical, financial, emotional, spiritual, all the desires of her hearts. Pray for a new direction and purpose as she seeks God’s will.
E: She has more responsibility in the next training cycle (Sept 5 through Nov 29th) Ask for her to recognize that God will provide all things in His perfect timing. Pray for her to know that God is never too early and will never be late. Ask that she be given wisdom in how she spends her time, that it is precious and must be treated accordingly. Ask that she continue to have a heart that is available for what God has for her, that she would trust Him to walk with her in areas where she has been hesitant and uncertain.
J: For her to know with absolute certainty that her fertility situation is not hopeless as long as God is in it. Pray for her eyes to be opened to the goodness of God that is all around her, that she would be able to see with clarity the Truth of who God is to and for her. Ask that she see that there is water for her soul where she is, even if the parts of the big picture she sees seem dry and endless. Pray for God to show her without doubt that He is bigger than the obstacles in front of her, and that He will always be the only Way that she needs.
S: Starting September I’m going to teach religious education classes at the German School in Quito. As she is involved in the preparation of materials, that God would protect the work that is being done, and will be softening and preparing the hearts of those that will receive these materials. Pray for boldness and discernment, for a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading as she longs to see the kingdom of God here on earth with this huge opportunity to share the gospel in the school.
J: To find time and rest with God in this busy family life. Wisdom for the upbringing and education for the kids. Protection over her ministry and family. Ask for grace in this season, that the Lord would be her strength and shield, and she would know Him intimately as He walks through this time with her. Pray for an increase in fruit and evidence of God’s presence in her life, family and ministry.
S: She might be able to find someone else from Quito to share transportation. As God prepares her heart and mind for this Haven Retreat, that she would make time to be still and listen to His voice. Ask that He would fill her with excitement as she looks forward to meeting with other like-minded women, and to know that He is excited for what is in store for her. Pray that He would have a space set aside for her to meet with Him and to know that He is longing to love on her, to encourage her, to refresh her by the renewing of her mind. Ask that He would have in place other women with whom she will instantly connect with and begin new friendships with.
K: For rest and God would bring balance to her emotions and emotional health. Pray that she would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as He reveals areas to her that He is bringing health and life to, that she would have a desire to have a whole heart. Pray she would continue to trust God with every part of her being and her life, that she would have faith and know with confidence that God is working all things for her good, because He loves her and He has called her according to His purposes.
I: As she brings her weary heart before the Father, that she would know He is waiting to restore her soul, to pour out new life in her, and to redeem what has been lost. Pray that she would come before Him in humility and ask with boldness the things on her heart that have been causing pain and frustration. Pray that she will see that God will meet her right where she is, and will be generous and good in the lovingkindness and grace He will give to her. Pray that her joy will be restored.
S: Strength working in a women's prison, tending effectively to their needs. As she works, pray for an increase in compassion and understanding, as she steps into the stories of people who have been in trouble. Ask that God provide safe timing and paths for the people she works with to return home, and as they return home they would do so with the power and presence of God with them. Pray for protection and covering over her and her team as they walk alongside these precious ones God has brought to them.
M: God to intervene in situations and circumstances where things may feel impossible. Ask that she be reminded daily that God is sovereign, and that He has every part of her future held firmly in His hands. Pray that she would be given clarity and wisdom as she looks ahead at the things yet to come, and in that she would trust God with those things. Ask that she would know it’s okay to continually bringing her concerns, hesitations and fears to God, because He is gracious and good, always.
L: It is hard to watch the women make unhealthy decisions and know how to wisely support them. For her to know with absolute certainty that no situation is hopeless as long as God is in it. Pray for her eyes to be opened to the goodness of God that is all around her, that she would be able to see with clarity the Truth of who God is to and for her. Ask that she see that there is water for her soul where she is, even if the parts of the big picture she sees seem dry and endless. Pray for God to show her without doubt that He is bigger than the obstacles in front of her, and that He will always be the only Way that she needs.
M: Please pray for her to step into God’s mercies daily, seeing His opening for the next steps according to HIS will. Her to know that God is eagerly waiting to meet with her each day, as she desires to continue to grow in Him. Pray that her eyes, ears, heart, mind and spirit will be opened to see clearly how He is working in intricate ways all around her; how much He loves her and is calling her even deeper into relationship with Him. Ask that she would know the truth that God will withhold no good thing from her, that His desire is to lavish her with love, and that it may not always look as she expects it to.
V: Her to recognize that God will provide all things in His perfect timing. Pray for family time to be given generously as the need arises; for her to know that God is never too early and will never be late. Ask that she be given wisdom in how she spends her time, that it is precious and must be treated accordingly. Ask that she continue to have a heart that is available for what God has for her, that she would trust Him to walk with her in areas where she has been hesitant and uncertain
L: Wisdom and discernment in interviewing girls who want to come live in our home. For her to know God will supply all of her needs, in His time and through the power of His name. Pray against a spirit of fear and anxiety, and instead for her to walk in grace and confidence that God sees her and hears her and that His heart is to take care of her and be the only one who provides. Ask that they see God’s provision flow from heaven in abundance and in miraculous ways.
Pray for the Connection Crew as they begin their travels to Ecuador . Pray for protection and peace over each woman as she travels from her home, through connections and layovers and the long hours of travel. Ask that God would work wonders in seating arrangements and travel partners, that this team of women would be able to sit with one another and continue the work of being brought together as a team. Pray for smooth flights, good conversations, and much rest where it is not expected. Pray for a bond of unity among this team as they come together with one purpose and heart to serve God and serve their sisters who will be gathering together in Ecuador.
Pray for against any travel anxiety and fear. Pray for physical health and healing where there has been struggles and frustrations. Pray for those they are leaving behind for a short time, for protection and peace over family and friends who are supporting these women to leave home for this retreat. Ask that joy be present in conversations and friendships that are being built.