Well, I´m here. In Madrid. At the Betel Center with some unexpected web time!(by the way, Spanish coffee is reeeally strong) And already just so excited and overwhelmed with what I have seen already, both in Phili and in Madrid. I can´t wait to share more in detail about things that are happening, but so much more important than any of the “doing” and “seeing” is the praying. It has been so encouraging and humbling to know the many people that have committed to praying for me and the gospel advance of this trip. Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂
And to give you a little more direction as to how you can pray, I´m going to attach a prayer list that my team leader Loretta Jackson (ironic name, right?) sent to us. We´ll be in Madrid for about 12 days and then will head up to Birmingham, England for about 10 days at the UK Betel center.
Recently God has been working in my heart through Colosians 1:9-12. Please pray these words above all other requests, as I also commit to praying this on your behalf. As awesome as this experience is, I already see my flesh and Satan working to distract me with petty things, and then I get caught up with how I could be distracted, … well, I need grace every day just as we all do. So pray I would love Jesus more than my sin.
“And so we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”
Specifics you can pray for:
That we will pass through customs and immigration lines without incident
& That our plane will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
& That we’ll make all our connections
Health and Safety
Protection from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous creatures.
& Protection from all kinds of sickness
& That we’ll find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise
& That our food and water needs will be met by the Lord
Good times of intimacy with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship
& Protection from dark forces in spiritual realms
& Protection from discouragement, fear, and doubt
& That we’ll demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit
That we’ll experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts with the missionary team.
& That we can resist temptation toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride
& That we’ll be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy.
& That God will grant us wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here
Verses to Read as you Pray
Exodus 4:12; 33:14
Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11