October 15: Today we pray for the women attending the retreat
S - asks for us to pray for people to come to hear the truth through their new church. May God build His church plant, for there to be an increase of wisdom as responsibilities and expectations shift. Pray for her to seek God first and allow Him to be her continual foundation and source of life as she balances all the areas of life with one another - work, family, ministry, friendships; ask that she be given a new awareness of how important her walk with God is to all the other parts of her life.
J - Has been on sabbatical the last 9 months from teaching. She has hit deep depression and burnout. Now she senses God’s leading to leave teaching and start working in Women's ministry at our church in Quito. Please pray for that transition as well as the need for funds. Pray for peace and calm in their family and in their household, that each family member will be compassionate and gracious towards one another, even as things can be stressful and hectic. Pray they know the presence of God with them as seasons change.
J - Please pray for clear direction for her family’s future. Due to different situations with kids, they are considering this being their last term and asking the Lord to clearly show them His will. Pray for an increase of joy and anticipation for what is yet to come, but to rest in the “now,” trusting that God has the future in His hands.
H - Pray for peace to flood her heart, soul, and mind as she is considering leaving faith mission work. Pray that as peace sweeps over her, hope would rise within her; hope for the things yet to come, hope for the promises of tomorrow, hope for dreams to be fulfilled. Pray she would not lose hope, she would not let doubt win, she would bring her worries and fears to the cross and leave them there, confident that the God of hope will fill her with all joy as she chooses to trust in Him.
T - Has had a bit of a roller coaster ride in missions thus far, and is starting her 2nd term in the same location after many years of medical issues and moving countries. Pray as she and her family transition back after Home Assignment and try to get back into ministry for the next 4-year term. Pray for her family as they have been in the midst of transition and upheaval of the regular rhythms of life. Pray for honesty, gentleness, compassion, and love to flow through her and through her husband by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for a strong foundation to not be shaken. Pray for hope to spring anew.
B - Pray for my left eye that has been giving her pain and causing headaches. She is supposed to go through surgery but the doctors are not sure if that surgery will stop the pain. Pray for healing, energy, and renewal of heart, mind, soul, and body. She and her family would rely on and trust in the goodness of the Father as they transition to a new field of ministry. For their eyes to be opened to the places of rest God has set aside for them, and in those places for their hearts to be refreshed and rested as they reevaluate and seek God as He leads them in all things. They would have discernment as they start a new ministry. Pray for clarity of God’s direction in the urban poor community they are ministering from, for the right networks and partnerships and for fundraising efforts too.
N - She and her husband are planning an exploratory trip to Cuba in November. Pray she will have a full cup of grace and compassion for those she meets with. Pray she would know sweet times of communion with God. Faith as they are raising the money for an Ecuadorian team to go and have that transcultural experience. In this step of faith, she would see God provide and open doors for all.
C - As she transitions, ask for protection physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Pray God will provide the people to walk through this next phase of life with her. Pray she knows who God is and who she is in Him, that her faith and walk with him will be on a solid foundation.
B - She is wanting to learn how to be content and care for her soul better; pray that she will be given the tools and understanding of what rest looks like, of how she can trust God with all things and how He is right there in the midst of it with her. Pray she would know a continual reenergizing of her soul and know that God has good things for her and longs for her to enter His rest as often as she needs.
J - Pray that the peace of God would completely surround her team, that eyes and ears would be stopped from seeing what is not theirs to see. Ask that God supernaturally intervene on behalf of this team and that all anxiety and concerns would be brought before Him consistently. She would have energy and strength as she ministers to the aging community of missionaries in her life. Pray that she would be a calming tool for the family she is with.