As I am called to go to Nepal, I cannot go without those who are sending me. I would love for that to include you! By joining me in prayer, you are sending me to have the fullest experience of what God has called me to in Nepal.
I've read different posts online about "how to pray for missionaries" and found them insightful. Of course my trip is different and unique to missionary work, so I want to share specific requests I would love to have covered during my travels.
1. Pray for my team.
I'm so grateful to be joining 8 other college students on this trip- none of whom I have met. We've been in contact and they all seem incredible, and I'm so excited to join them in mission! Please pray for unity in spirit, deep friendships to develop, and for life-giving and peaceful communication among the team and our leader, Sarah.
2. Pray for my spirit.
I've been aware since day one of acceptance to this trip in February that God wants to use this time in Nepal for deep growth and transformation in my faith. I've been learning and will learn more about God's deep heart for injustice globally, how he cares for the poor- and how he cares for me as I learn about these heavy issues. Pray for intimate and transformational devotional times, as well as necessary times of rest and renewal. Pray for remembrance that worship fuels all mission and love for others.
3. Pray for rest.
On that note, please pray that I will allow myself the rest that I need to avoid relational or spiritual burnout. God knows what I need in terms of energy, strength and intimacy with him, so pray that those needs will be provided for.
4. Pray for joy and encouragement.
Our team is going to visit many full-time missionaries or staff of Tiny Hands in Nepal and India, so pray that we will communicate in humility and understanding as to be an encouragement and blessing to the staff.
5. Pray for safety and health.
Between here and Nepal, and within the six weeks, I'll be traveling a lot, and in areas with higher risks for illness. Pray that I will be sustained through any bumps along the way and remain able to serve joyfully.
What does the bible say about prayer? How does your prayer matter to me?
When my team was in Cambodia in 2011, I remember hearing from church members that they were praying for us- and we could feel it. We just knew we were covered and protected, and felt like we were being held safe in God's hands. I firmly believe that prayer matters, and prayer works. I am so happy to have an awesome prayer team supporting me, and will need your intercession.
When Esther was about to go before King Xerxes to plead for her people, she asked her community to fast and pray for her. I would love to ask my team to fast one meal a week and during that time, spend 15-30 minutes in prayer for these things (I would love daily prayer as well, whenever it comes to mind).
Reading 2 Corinthians 1:11, Romans 15:30, and 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 shows me how important the prayers of faithful people are to missionaries. I am humbled and grateful by the prayers of my friends.
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