There is a family preparing to enter the city of Pretoria soon. They plan to enter the new fields of people like a “mustard seed”. The Parable of the Mustard seed found in Matthew 13:31-33 says that the mustard seed is “the least of all the seeds, but when it is grown it becomes a tree”. Will you join them in praying that as they enter this new city with the seed of the gospel, that even though it may seem small, and their work insignificant, that the gospel would spread throughout the whole city, and that it would become a huge tree of life to all in this area?
February 24-March 9, a volunteer team will work among the Swazi people in Swaziland. Ministries will include BGR bucket and food distribution, Bible study, revival services and communication and multimedia ministries. Pray that the team’s time in Swaziland will be a blessing to the Swazis as well as to each team member. Pray the Lord will continue sending His chosen servants to work in Swaziland to help see that the darkness in which the Swazis are living will be replaced by the Light. Pray many will accept His bidding and purpose to receive wonderful blessings and life changing experiences.
Please be in prayer for the people living in the city of Pretoria! There is a new missionary team preparing itself to enter and live in this large city. Their one task is to go into every segment of the city in search of “God-prepared people’. A “God-prepared person” is someone whom the Holy Spirit has prepared ahead of time to respond immediately, or very soon, to the gospel/or to the task of spreading the gospel. When they find these individuals, they will then train them on how to be an obedient disciple of Jesus Christ. This team’s one purpose is to train disciples who make disciples, so that this city is reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon this city, revealing these God-prepared people, and for the Lord to guide this team in knowing where to begin this work.
The first team of six persons from New Song Church, Carrollton, Texas is on the ground (June 25-July 4) in Sekhukhuneland led by the pastor. They are also accompanied by the pastor of the Bermuda Baptist Church in Virginia who is the stateside coordinator for the work. This is the first engagement step for New Song. Please pray for strategic relationships to be forged between the team, Rock of Ages Baptist Church and the community of Sealane, Limpopo Province. Pray that the trip will be fruitful for the Kingdom so that a strong foundation is laid for future engagement.
CPM Training Prayer Prompt #14
14. -Almighty God, we ask You to bring into our lives right now situations, encounters, ministry observations, and opportunities that will tune our spiritual eyes and heart to the truths that Your Spirit works in ways that are beyond our control, understanding, expectations or imagination to accomplish Your will and work. Lord, make us desperate for a new work of Your Spirit in our life and ministry. Renew/restore Jesus as our first love and fill us with the expectation that “if we ask You for anything, You will give it to us in Jesus name…and we will receive, and we will have abundant joy.” John 16:23, 24
13. – Lord, prepare my heart to hear from you about what you want to do in my life and in my ministry. Prepare me not to cling to traditions of the past and present. Instead prepare me to have an open heart which accepts and embraces any changes you want for my life and ministry.
12. -God, we pray for health! This training is long – a jam-packed two weeks – we can’t lag behind, physically or spiritually. Pray against spiritual oppression!
11. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chron. 16:9 Pray for the hearts of those coming to the training to be fully committed. Pray for safety for those that are traveling, and safety for the those that are remaining at home.
10. – Oh Sovereign and Holy Lord, cleanse us from anything that is keeping us from abiding in You. We want to walk forth in the fear of the Lord. Pray 2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God that this spirit may be found in you.”
9. – Heavenly Father, we cry out for Your salvation to be boldly proclaimed! We pray that You will use this training to save many! We pray for an abundant and reckless God-glorifying sharing of the Gospel across the Ocean2Ocean Cluster.
8. – Lord, let the hearts of the Ocean2Ocean personnel be fully Yours, honest and humble. Pray 1 Kings 8:58,60 “that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, which He commanded our fathers… so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no one else.”
7. – Oh God, we pray that each of us would so abide in Christ and His Word, that we are totally dependent on Him in faith to carry out our ministry.
6. – Sovereign Lord, we pray that each of us would live in the anticipation of You raising up among our people groups persons who will multiply the gospel thirty, sixty, and even one hundred times.
5. -Heavenly Father, we pray that application of the material will be a priority for all of us as we seek to apply it and agree with your process for church planting. Help us as life and daily schedules will have to be adjusted and priorities will have to change. Enable national partners to contextualize the material so that it will be applied effectively and widely.
4. – Almighty God, we pray that You would open our eyes and hearts to prepare us to implement ways of reaching those to whom you called us to witness and disciple.
3. Lord, we pray that each of us will live in anticipation of an Acts type movement within our cluster. A unified, spirit empowered and emboldened walk and ministry, which ultimately brings glory to You and the salvation of many souls.
2. Father, prepare our heart and mind for the material we will be learning. We desire to be spiritually prepared so that we will be full of faith and of the Spirit. Pray that we will be sponges ready to absorb ALL that God has for us.
1. Heavenly Father, we pray that our hearts will mirror your heart for the lost. We pray that we will truly be broken for the lost as we seek ways to reach out to them.
GraceLife Baptist Church is in awe of all God did through them in 2014 among the Ndau of Zimbabwe. A small church now exists in a spiritually dark area of the country. GraceLife is grateful the Lord allowed them to be a part of such great and needed work. Please pray that God will continue to work among the Ndau, changing hearts while strengthening and raising up church leaders who are “sold out” to Jesus. GraceLife has 4 ministry trips scheduled for 2015. Pray that church members will step out in faith and obedience and participate on one of the 2015 ministry teams in order to continue the work of making disciples, teaching, and guiding the Ndau.
The only missionaries living among the Betsimisaraka people of north east Madagascar had to leave Madagascar for medical reasons several months ago. The Betsimisarka are still unreached and now are once again unengaged. But these missionaries did have the privilege of baptizing five men the week before their departure. Please pray for these new believers. These men have not only committed to continue to meet together for Bible Study but also to teach the Bible in another village. Pray for these men who live in the city of Sambava to rely on the Holy Spirit for understanding God’s Word and for them to continue to grow in their relationship with Christ Jesus. Pray that they will plant the seed of God’s Word in the lives of other Betsimisaraka. Pray that new missionaries will be called to the Bestimisaraka but also pray that the Lord would use these new believers and the ones they lead to the Lord to be His ambassadors for the Gospel among this people group.
Missions Pastor Johnny Walker writes,
“Join us in praying for the Shangaan churches as they plan for 2013. The pastors in the area are seeking God to know when and where they will plant a new church next year. Pray also for the newly-started preaching class, as they seek to train up some of the young men and youth in the church. Finally, be in prayer for Westview Baptist Church as we make plans to partner with them in 2013.”
Pastor Aaron Hall of the Bi-Fork Association in Texas, writes,
“We had a team go to Outapi, Namibia, in October. We want to praise God for the work He is doing among the Mbalantu people. There is now a registered church with faithful men leading them. Jesus Is The Way Baptist Church. They are making disciples and by the time this is published will be having a “water baptism” in a community about 45 kilometers away where they are trying to plant a church. The team that went had a wonderful trip and did an abbreviated version of Experiencing God with the group. They had about 5-6 men, 20-30 women and more than 30 kids each night. The church is now purchasing material to build a building. Our volunteer team was able to see that a preacher or staff member does not have to go on a trip for God to work. The seven member team was led by men from our church and no “trained” individuals went with them. This is very exciting for the future of what can happen. Pray that as the Bi-Fork Association enters our last year of commitment to going to Outapi that God will lead us where He would desire us to work among the Mbalantu people.
Xhosa churches in South Africa have their yearly Christmas celebrations on either the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December. During this time of celebrating when God sent His Son as our Savior, there is inevitably a big “to do” for the children. The Sunday School class (children are most often together in one class) will be adorably dressed up and will re-enact the beloved Christmas story. Afterwards, there is a special time of gift giving to the children and it is the highlight of the year. For the poorest of them, their wrapped Christmas gift will be the only one they will receive, be it a pencil box or a plastic toy car.
However, for missionaries, the Christmas story is not a once-a-year event. Our lives are poured out with the hopes that the stories and love of our Savior will reach one more, giving another person reason to celebrate all year long.
As you ponder the meager Christmas gift given in an African church and then ponder the Gift that gives life abundantly, please pray about how you can give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. The LMCO is the gift you give to God, which He returns to us, your missionaries, in the form of support. That is how we are able to live, teach, preach the Gospel all throughout the year.