Thursday, March 15, 2007

Chopsticks

A couple of days ago one of our church missionaries who is home on furlough, spoke to us at our mothers group. She and her husband have served with Overseas Missionary Fellowship for 21 years and they spend much of their time travelling throughout South-east Asia. She gave us an insight into the work that she and her husband are involved in, and as she finished she urged us to pray for a number of issues. She used the analogy of a set of chopsticks: you can't pick up food with only one chopstick - you must use them both. Similarly, in the work of missions, you need both the missionary out in the field and people at home praying.

This got me thinking about how we can pray specifically for women we know who are serving overseas. I came up with a few ideas, but you may be able to think of more:
  • Relationships are so important to women - pray that they will make good and lasting friendships in their cross-cultural situation.
  • Pray for them as they carry out day to day tasks in a different culture, perhaps without the amenities we take for granted.
  • Pray that they will be free from anxiety about health issues, particularly if they are in a situation where healthcare is poor and health screening is non-existent.
  • For single women, pray for any who are wrestling with the possibility that their mission service may mean they never marry.
  • Pray for women working in a situation where there is a lack of male leadership.
  • Pray for women with families who may be educating their children at home or facing the painful prospect of sending their children away for schooling.
  • For women who have ageing parents left in their home country, pray they might have wisdom and peace about their situation.
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2 comments:

Bessers said...

I have been reading your blog for a little while now and have been very blessed by it. Thank you! There is a website that I have found to be very helpful in praying for missionaries. While it is not specifically for women, I am sure most of the requests would apply. It is http://www.kingdompraying.com/p4missionaries.html What I especially like about this site is that it gives specific Bible verses on which each request is based.

amanda said...

I am delurking in order to say . . . THANK YOU!!

As a single woman who lives overseas as a tentmaker missionary, I can vouch for the fact that you are right on! I would love to know that people are praying like this for me on a regular basis!!