I beseech you…to pray…

“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;” ~Romans 15:30

Something God has been burdening my heart over – my lack of commitment, and passion for prayer – especially for those who are ministering where I have not been called. Do you find it hard to pray for missionaries from your church? The elderly woman who used to sit in front of you in church who is now sick in the hospital? The girl in your Sunday school who is going on a mission’s trip to a place you’ve never wanted to go? Sometimes it is difficult to step outside of our own little “box-mix” life and see the real picture: the people in chains in foreign countries because of their faith, or even your church-member’s mom who is dying…who you’ve never even met! Yet, we are all part of the body of Christ, and Paul besought those he labored for to pray for Him. He desired there prayers. And as so many fathers of our faith have wisely said, “Prayer changes things.” Missionaries in foreign countries have testified that they’ve felt the prayers of the saints…people on the other side of the world from them!

Today is a special day. After years of patient waiting, prayer, studying to learn the language, and walking in faith that some day, the calling would be made possible, my fellow blogger – Tiffany – is traveling to Russia…a place God called her to when she was in her early teens. Now she is thirty years old – but the wait has been worth it – she will tell you this much. I know that as she sets out on this faith-walk, she would appreciate your prayers.

During her initial month-long visit in Moscow, she and a friend will be working on some translation projects, preparing to start girl’s retreats over there (as well as Bible studies and women’s ministries), and she will be looking for accommodations for a longer-term stay, and finding a good language school so she can continue learning Russian. We are going to attempt to keep you updated through twitter (on the side bar of the blog).

In addition, not only is Tiffany traveling to Russia, but two of our good friends are currently ministering in Australia and New Zealand in the same ways – through girl’s retreats and conferences. Let’s keep Laurie Jalbert and Janny Moore in our prayers as well as the team they are working with. You may be able to get some updates on their ministry down there by going to Laurie’s blog A Passion for Jesus.

As Paul earnestly desired the prayers of those who served the same Lord Jesus Christ, so these girls desire your prayers. Let’s commit to lift them up and ask God’s blessing on them as they fulfill the Great Commission in the corners of the world where God has called them to serve His Kingdom!

Soli Deo Gloria!

~h