Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)
Many members of our congregation are serving as missionaries in far off places like Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, and yes, even Buncombe County. In addition, BCBC supports missions in France and New Zealand.
What should we pray for them?
David Peach, who has been in full time missions work with the deaf since 1994, tells us missionaries face the same problems that we at home face, it’s just that when “a missionary is on a foreign field or working with a different culture, those frustrations are magnified several times.” As an example, think back to the issues faced by Daniel Bridge when he was in New York City.
As we pray for their success and their safety, here are several things to remember. Pray that our missionaries will…
- Live right and respect God.
- Desire to study and learn from God’s word.
- Communicate Bible messages clearly.
- Give testimony that influences how people perceive the Bible.
- Have the respect and emotional support of loved ones.
- Have their physical and emotional needs met in this strange place.
- Be shielded from those who might seek to harm them spiritually and physically.
- Collaborate with other missionaries and the people they are called to serve.
- Perform their task for God, even as political changes may occur.
Remember, “God is the one who grants the harvest,” says Reverend Peach. Some fields yield a great harvest of souls. Others are barren but in need of the Gospel.”
Finally, pray that missionaries will be effective messengers for God.