Daily prayer for mission workers on the field is critical. They feel the prayers of their partners carrying them. Your prayers help further the Kingdom of God around the world because they strengthen, encourage, protect, and carry those who are away from home and family. In times of great spiritual harvest and in times of spiritual drought, the prayers of partners and supporters keep the workers on the field, fulfilling God’s work. Know that your prayers matter -- everyday. In this OC Prayer Guide booklet, we have highlighted some of the ways you can pray for different teams and places in the world. We trust you will be deeply blessed as you bring these requests to the Father.
Daily Prayer for Mission Workers
Tuesday, August 1
Join Josue and Raquel in praising the Lord for 3,500 pastors and leaders who have been trained to multiply disciples in Brazil. Pray God will awaken the Brazilian churches to the need to create an ongoing process of discipleship and training leaders.
Wednesday, August 2
Praise the Lord for the short-term team from Ascent Church in Colorado who served alongside the Guatemalan team this summer. Fredy, Beth, and Joshua praise the Lord for the sports ministries and building projects done.
Thursday, August 3
Pray for OC’s teams in Europe as they seek opportunities to share the gospel and witness together the power of the Word of God as Europe’s churches celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation.
Friday, August 4
Join Joel and Irena in praying for 15-20 more students for next year’s Mission School class in Ukraine. They recently presented the Mission School’s vision to a conference of 5,000 youth from all over Ukraine. Pray for God-directed conversations that will lead the right students to attend the school.
Saturday, August 5
Pray for Global Research Team members Gordon and Dan as they work on the Fruitful Discipleship Practices Research project.
Sunday, August 6
Pray God would provide secondary English and science teachers for Bucharest Christian Academy. Many international schools around the world need teachers to join staff and impact the lives of young people.
Monday, August 7
Praise the Lord for a young Romanian student who has stepped up to lead a team of young people as mission mobilizers to recruit other teens and youth in Bucharest.
Tuesday, August 8
Pray for an 8-week English discussion group meeting to study “The Hard Teachings of Jesus” in Asia. Pray for receptive hearts in the group and that the Spirit would move through the teaching.
Wednesday, August 9
Pray for the 19 church planters being trained to train others in a major Southeast Asian city. Pray these leaders would be able to implement the training in their context.
Thursday, August 10
Pray for wisdom for Bill and Laurie as they provide care for Brazilian workers who serve cross-culturally. They will be ministering to 25 Brazilians serving in 11 countries at a bi-annual retreat.
Friday, August 11
Pray for Ray and Diane as they move to Canada in order to care for Diane’s aging parents. Pray for smooth visa transitions for Ray and for margin as he will continue working from Canada.
Saturday, August 12
Pray for two renters to join the building headquarters in Colorado Springs.
Sunday, August 13
Join T in prayer for a seminar in Central Asia called “Biblical Understanding of Politics.” Pray for the church in the area to be receptive and be able to prepare for the upcoming elections.
Monday, August 14
Pray for Dan and Kim as they host “Front Yard Desserts” in their neighborhood. Pray their relationships with their neighbors would be strengthened and there would be divine appointments to have spiritual conversations.
Tuesday, August 15
Pray for open hearts and minds for the young people coming to the Kairos Mission course in Romania. Pray they will clearly hear from God and they will step in faith to expand His Kingdom.
Wednesday, August 16
Praise the Lord a new couple has arrived in their country of service in Central Asia. Pray for C & T as they adjust to new surroundings and get acquainted with the people they are there to serve.
Thursday, August 17
As we move toward the end of the fiscal year, pray God will provide abundantly and all our workers will end the year in the black.
Friday, August 18
Praise the Lord for the 50,000 leaders trained globally in sports ministry and the one million who have heard the gospel as a result!
Saturday, August 19
Pray for the Lifeworkx team as they serve in South Korea ministering to Korean mission workers. Pray for God-moments of healing and restoration during this time.
Sunday, August 20
Join Alex in praying for the University Games being held in Taiwan. Pray for the Christian volunteers as they serve and witness to the 12,000 athletes from 160 countries.
Monday, August 21
Praise the Lord for the camps and sports leagues held this summer in Ukraine, Russia, and Mongolia; especially for the opportunity for many children and teens to be exposed to the gospel.
Tuesday, August 22
Pray for Luellen and the OC finance team as they work through budgets for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Pray the Lord would direct the team and give them abundant wisdom.
Wednesday, August 23
Pray for the Sexual Heath and Wholeness team as they work on research and strategy to impact this area in the organization. Pray they will have wisdom, discernment, and spiritual guidance as they move forward.
Thursday, August 24
A family’s house in South Africa was recently burgled. Pray for them as they recover emotionally and secure their house. May the Lord bring peace to the family.
Friday, August 25
Pray for our families who are dealing with major health issues. Pray for the Lord to bring the peace that passes understanding to those suffering and those caring for them.
Saturday, August 26
Pray for Kim and her team as they prepare for the board meetings in early September. There are many logistics to plan. Also pray for the board members that they would have spiritual guidance as they make very important decisions.
Sunday, August 27
Pray for new workers who are in their first months serving overseas. Pray for them as they are in times of transition and they are looking for the best ways to get involved in ministry.
Monday, August 28
Praise the Lord for a blessed Near Frontiers retreat this month. Pray the Lord would continue to guide Bob and his team in the best ways to engage believer in the U.S. to reach out the nations living next door.
Tuesday, August 29
Pray for David Bulger as he shares reach findings with leaders in Zambia and South Africa on the training needs of pastors in the region. Also, pray for him and John as they lead Pastoring of Pastors workshops.
Wednesday, August 30
Pray for Gill as he travels to Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore for various ministries. Pray for open doors, good health, energy, safety, and wisdom as he travels and serves in these countries.
Thursday, August 31
Praise the Lord of an Urbana-like conference held in Asia this month. 1,500 people attended, one-third of whom were college age who are actively seeking God’s will for missions.
Prayer Focus for August 2017
This month's prayer focus is on Lifeworkx, a ministry of OC. Everyone asks themselves two questions in life: Who am I? What am I doing here? Lifeworkx exists to help answer these questions with the understanding that each of us is intentionally and uniquely made on purpose for a purpose. In the last 18 months, Lifeworkx has impacted 1,042 individuals at 21 events in 10 different countries. As a ministry of One Challenge, Lifeworkx is truly about transformation – one life at a time.
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One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. One Challenge wants to encourage a high level of care for global workers, providing the opportunity for them to thrive in their countries of service, bringing the best of who they are to the kingdom growth effort. We pursue genuine relationships and accountability in family, friendship, team, ministry, and local communities of faith.
From the Pastor's Pen
We've been blessed to have mission pastor Ralph Anderson, and his wife Joyce, at OC International for over 20 years. They tend to our souls through the Word, prayer, counsel, and encouragement. Click here to view the archive of Ralph's articles.