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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.

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Daily Prayer Points

Thursday, July 1
Praise God
with John and Heather (South Africa Regional Team) who give thanks that John was able to reach home from S Africa just in time for some important family matters. Praise God with Warren and Alisa (SE Asia) who are thankful they are able to join this summer’s PEP program at the last minute. With their country having major pandemic challenges making return difficult, this is a timely opportunity. 

Friday, July 2
Pray
for our workers who are on furlough and attending our Personnel Enrichment Program (PEP) which begins today. May it be a week of rest, restoration, and regeneration for these workers who are in the U.S. and processing their last term of service on their respective fields.

Saturday, July 3
Pray
for South America, which is being hit harder with COVID than any other continent. It has a death rate eight times that of the world death rate.

Sunday, July 4
Pray
for JD and Jenny (Asia) who are experiencing the loss of community as many of the foreign Christian families are preparing to leave. Pray for God’s guidance as they make decisions about school, housing, and visas. Pray also for friend-making for the children as they are losing many of their ex-pat friends.

 Monday, July 5
Continue to pray for South Asia and for those suffering due to COVID-19 and to recent serious flooding. Many villages and homes have been destroyed by floods and lives have been lost. May God give opportunity and resources for ministry in the midst of this.

Tuesday, July 6
Praise God
with Dave (SE Asia) who is thankful to have finished all the filming on the teaching of Revelation in two languages last month. He has also edited about 95 videos, and about 30 remain to be edited.  Pray for the remaining editing of the videos which are uploaded to YouTube when done.

Wednesday, July 7
Praise God
with Alex and Kristi (Taiwan) that despite increased restrictions, the City Team continues to meet online. They also ask for prayer for needed rain since the reservoirs are severely depleted and the city has implemented 2½ days/week with the water off.

Thursday, July 8
Pray
with Warren and the Global Research Team that God will provide the local staff needed to carry on the new Harvest website. At least two persons are needed for the best structuring of the website features of content, design and maintenance.

Friday, July 9
Praise God
with David and Glenda (Asia) who are thankful that 11 boxes of Evergreen cards shipped from their field have cleared US customs. Pray they arrive in Colorado in good condition.

Saturday, July 10
Please pray
with Donovan and Andrea (SE Asia) as they plan for a 6-month home stay. Pray that their present responsibilities can be adequately transferred to others and carried out well in their absence.

Sunday, July 11
Gives thanks to God
with Steve and Deb (SE Asia) for the various doors the Lord has opened: PEARL has developed real relationships with several nightclub singers and their families; they are partnering with another organization to develop a 15-day prayer guide for human trafficking; for a noticeable growth through the “Cousin” outreach ministry team. Pray for those in the ministry of PEARL who have tested positive for COVID-19

Monday, July 12
Give thanks to God for all that He did in the lives of those who attended CORE and that His work will continue.

Tuesday, July 13
Pray with Ivan and Lorena (CAMENA Associates) that Ivan will completely recover from an accident in May. They are seeking the doctor’s approval to resume activities after suffering two broken ribs.

Wednesday, July 14       
Pray with Dave and Debbie (International Ministry Team) as Dave has just launched a pilot project of distance education with videos. The project began June 28th. Pray as David finishes six 15-minute videos to finish the first four-week module on healthy disciple-making churches.

Thursday, July 15
Pray
with Mihai and Tammy (Italy) as they minister to homeless people. Pray the Lord will direct them to those who are spiritually hungry in the midst of physical needs. Recently the words, “Eat with me”, directed them to someone who found the Bread of Life!

Friday, July 16
Praise God
with James and Irene (Global Alliance – SE Asa) for His enabling and sustaining power in their ministry. Their online church planting trainings in Thailand continue to help pastors and churches start outreach Bible studies which develop into virtual churches.

Saturday, July 17
Pray
for Joel and Irena (Ukraine) as they prepare their trainees for deployment to their fields of service. Pray for these new mission workers as they apply for visas and do other paperwork for their destination countries.

Sunday, July 18
Pray
for Jan (Mexico) as she gives significant time to the Women’s Restoration ministry at their local church as a ministry mentor, counselor, and Bible teacher. Lift up Jan and this important ministry.

Monday, July 19
Pray
for Jay and Sarah (South Africa Regional Team) as they have invited Moss and Baboki to become strategic ministry partners with OC Africa. The couple are praying about this. Join them in asking for God’s clear leading.

Tuesday, July 20
Pray
with Andrea for Mountainview School (SE Asia) where a number of staff are ill with COVID-19. Please pray for staffing needs and the implications of the pandemic for this coming school year.

Wednesday, July 21
Pray
for God to strengthen and expand the ministry of Near Frontiers and locally-based workers engaged in mobilizing the U.S. church in mission.

Thursday, July 22
Lift up appointee Jonathan (Faith Academy, Philippines) who is needing just $600 per month more of support. He hopes to be at Faith for the start of the school year!

Friday, July 23
Praise God
with Dave and Glenda for a huge shipment of Evergreen hand-cut cards that finally showed up, intact and with minimal damage. This was much needed as they were out of inventory!

Sunday, July 25
Rejoice with Deanne and all the PEP staff (US-Mobilization Center) for a significant PEP. God gave a great time for sharing, processing, loving, and encouraging, as well as having fun, resting, and hearing from the Lord. Pray for the PEP participants as they continue in home assignments and other ministry.

Monday, July 26
Pray for the nation of Indonesia as the pandemic is hitting this nation hard. Ask God for protection and that the church there might be able to minister in significant and meaningful ways in this difficult time.

Tuesday, July 27
Pray for Rich and Marla (US- Mobilization Center)
as they’ve recently returned to the States on furlough and are preparing for new/additional roles next year: Marla as Senior Director of Personnel, and Rich as Area Director U.S. Ministries (along with his continuing Asia AD role).

Wednesday, July 28
Pray
for Jayme (Europe) as she continues to work on the local language. This month she has an online grammar class and four days with her two language helpers. Pray she is able to use the language effectively as she reaches out.

Thursday, July 29
Pray
with DJ and Sandra (CAMENA) as they continue to look for a job for DJ in their ministry location. One strong potential was not able to provide a visa at this time, so pray for more open doors as they look for God’s provision.

Friday, July 30
Give thanks to God
with Kory and Laura (Europe Area) for a recent meet and greet that they helped facilitate in their city. More than 70 people came together to share about ministries and with the goal of developing ministry affinity groups.

Saturday, July 31
Pray
for Steve and Renee (UK) for ministry opportunities as they join in the Christian Motorcycle Association ride-outs this summer.


 

Prayer Focus … OC Guiding Principles: Creativity & Learning

Our identity and purpose as an agency is summarized in our vision, mission and strategy statements. Our organizational culture is captured in our guiding principles. This is the essence of One Challenge, and it is finding expression in countries around the globe.

One passion, one vision, ONE CHALLENGE!

OC guiding principles

Become a Mission Worker

One Challenge’s Mobilization department can be reached at:

Missions Mobilization
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 mobilization@oci.org. Or go to our Mobilization blog called “Prepare for Impact” at https://prepareforimpact.life/blog/.


Take Heart From Pastor Gill

Take Heart from Pastor Gill

One Challenge is blessed to have mission pastor Gill, and his wife Karen, at OC International for over 20 years. They have served as OC workers in Asia, and they are now based at the U.S. Mobilization Center in Colorado.

In 2020, Gill took on the role of mission pastor to encourage, pray, counsel, and walk alongside OC workers in their ministry journey together.

View an archive of short articles Pastor Gill has written.