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.
Monday, July 1
Praise God for the upcoming Global Research Team retreat to be held in Colorado Springs from July 13-17. Ask the Lord to lead the time and may it be refreshment for the team!
Tuesday, July 2
PEP (Personnel Enrichment Program) begins today (USMC)! Lift up the PEP participants, the PEP/PEP-Kid’s staff, and the PEP mentors and ask for God’s blessing and direction throughout the time.
Wednesday, July 3
Bill and Laurie (Sepal) ask for discernment and for God to use them to challenge and encourage at the upcoming semi-annual Sepal/Brazil Cross-Cultural Missionary retreat in Portugal.
Thursday, July 4
Y and E (Asia) will relocate their ministry this month. Please keep them in your prayers during this time of transition for the many aspects of this move.
Friday, July 5
Sarah (Europe) praises the Lord that they have now sold over 2500 pounds of cherries from the harvest of 2019, and tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and cabbage are still to come! Proceeds from the sale will support the continued ministry of her team. Praise God for this provision for ministry that comes from this bounty!
Saturday, July 6
Pray for those OC families who are on home assignment this summer and in need of support. Ask the Lord for provision of connections and for His abundant supply.
Sunday, July 7
Steve (Europe) requests prayer for the GCPN as they work hard to bring together logistics for an international gathering in February 2020. Pray for teamwork and provision.
Monday, July 8
Pray for Doug and Barb (Sepal/Brazil) as they enter the last week of a three-week trip in Northeast Brazil. They are coming alongside leaders to share tools for effective ministry in tough urban settings.
Tuesday, July 9
Robin (Sports Ambassadors) is praising God that five missing passports were provided in the final days prior to the trip departure for the Philippines basketball ministry trip. The 11-person team is in the southern Philippines until July 15 and will play 26 games where 20 pastors are hoping to generate contacts for follow up. Pray for safety, schedule, and the Holy Spirit to use the team and pastors in these neighborhoods.
Wednesday, July 10
Dave (International Ministry Team) requests prayer for Jaime and Juan as they step fully into being ministry mentors and trainers without Dave being with them.
Thursday, July 11
Pray for participants in our ongoing Personnel Enrichment Program, that they may find rest and renewal during this special time of enrichment, relaxation, and for some, transition/sabbatical. Pray also for those leaders and mentors and PEP kids/staff who are attending this enrichment time.
Friday, July 12
Pray for God’s protection over the minds of Naga Christian young people (India), many of whom are being captured by the power and money of India’s major Hindu political party and influenced by philosophies like yoga. Please pray for Naga Christian youth to remain strong in the truth of God’s Word.
Saturday, July 13
Praise God with G and D (Asia) that at their quarterly retreat a man shared that his ministry rented 22 buses to transport 812 people to be baptized. The same month, 307 people were baptized one Sunday in a hotel owned by a woman who came to faith in Christ as a result of a miraculous healing.
Sunday, July 14
Pray for Emil and Sarah’s (Spain) visas, which are still being processed. When the visas are ready, they must all travel back to Spain to be fingerprinted. Pray for the additional finances for this unexpected travel.
Monday, July 15
Pray for Jay and Sarah (Zimbabwe). Last week after almost 10 years, the government banned, with immediate effect, the use of any foreign currency to pay for goods and services in the country and reintroduced a local currency which still needs to be printed. They are still trying to understand the new reality and worth of the new currency.
Tuesday, July 16
Praise God with Freddy and Beth (Guatemala). The doors were wide open in the public schools of the area, allowing their outreach team to share testimonies and the Good News with the kids. In fact, the team had a couple requests from other schools to also share with their kids.
Wednesday, July 17
Pray for continuing transitions at the US-MC, such as the handoff of the Mission Pastor role from Ralph to Gill.
Thursday, July 18
Thank God that R’s trip to North Africa was a very special time to meet groups that are looking to focus on disciplemaking ministry in that region.
Friday, July 19
Pray for Laura’s teaching at a missions training school this summer (Spain). More than 30 Brazilians have come to learn about how to get involved with what God is doing in Europe and North Africa.
Saturday, July 20
Pray for Sondra’s (US-MC) book translation into Russian before September. Six Russian translators have volunteered to help translate it this summer.
Sunday, July 21
Praise God that from its beginning with 32 students studying in a rented home, an Asian Evangelical Theological Seminary currently has 1,748 students on 14 campuses spread across the country…with another 1,312 students studying at the Christian university, a sister school which shares the campus in another city. Through the church-planting ministry of the seminary, over 4,000 village house churches have been planted and more than 250,000 people have come to faith.
Monday, July 22
Ted (International Ministry Team) asks you to please pray for God’s blessings on a Sepal Brazil worker retreat in Portugal and for rest, healing, and restoration for a Brazilian worker family staying in their home for five weeks.
Tuesday, July 23
Pray for the One Challenge US 2020 Leadership Conference in April 2020 (US-MC). Begin praying for this conference now as OC members seek answers to questions concerning the future of our organization.
Wednesday, July 24
Thank God that B and A’s travel to Asia was blessed by God (Near Frontiers). A’s workshops were well attended and helpful. B’s teaching from 2 Corinthians was also useful.
Prayer Focus … OC Global Sports Team
OC sports ministry goes beyond the short-term team – that’s merely the foot in the door. The OC Global Sports Ministry Team is about building relationships with local bodies of believers so that sport becomes the gateway, but the church becomes the community.
Become a Mission Worker
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We seek to empower the whole body of Christ to bring a transforming love and hope to all people. When invited by local leaders, OC facilitates local bodies of believers to identify, train, and send global workers toward realizing a “from everywhere to everywhere” vision. For more information, please email OC Mobilization at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to our Mobilization blog called “Prepare for Impact” at https://prepareforimpact.life/blog/.
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.