Struggling to know what to pray for your mission partners? Here are some less obvious things they'd love prayer for:
1. Fellowship and friendship
Many mission partners serve in places where there are few believers or communication barriers make fellowship hard work. When mission partners are new to the field, it can feel like all their close friends are hundreds of miles away. Pray for deep friendships, encouraging times of fellowship and spiritual support from local Christians.
2. Good relationships within families and with co-workers
Mission partners often say that life is much harder than it was before they left the UK. The climate can be exhausting, language learning is frustrating and cultural differences are challenging. Stress levels run high and emotions are on the edge. Pray that God will give mission partners love for their family members and colleagues when things are tough. Pray that the way they conduct their relationships will be a good witness.
3. Strength to withstand sin and temptation
It’s easy to assume that mission partners are super-Christians who don’t struggle with sin – but they need our prayers for this too! Pray that the Lord will use the time your mission partners spend in his word to refresh and sustain them. Pray that they will be able to prioritise time in prayer and be maturing in their faith. Pray that they will be equipped with the whole armour of God to withstand Satan’s schemes.
4. Refreshment and joy
When ministry is discouraging or being separated from friends and family is painful, mission partners long for joy and refreshment. Often suffering and tragedy are more present in society and work can be draining and appear fruitless. Pray that the Lord will refresh his servants emotionally and mentally. Pray that when life is hard, they will find joy in their salvation. Pray for times of relaxation and fun.
5. Knowing their true identity
Mission partners take on more cultural baggage than most of us. As they swing between following the norms and behaviours of their passport and placement countries, they’re often left feeling out of kilter in both. Pray that mission partners and their families will know their true identity in Jesus and that this will liberate them to move between cultures on earth.
We've put together a list of great things to be praying for your misson partners' kids.
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