Pray

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.

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Daily Prayer Points

Sunday, June 28
Praise God
with Joshua (Guatemala) for spiritual renewal he received during a February InterMission Conference with 90 mission families. Pray for God to fulfill Joshua’s heart desire in reaching out with the gospel in unreached, mountainous areas.

Monday, June 29
Give thanks to the Lord
with Daniel and Sandy (Sports Ambassadors) for their pastor-friend in Kenya, Joseph, who has begun a “phone call ministry” to young people in his community during the pandemic. He offers them personal prayer and assistance in school assignments. Pray for Daniel’s August visit to Kenya to assist Joseph in building a multi-purpose sports court.

Tuesday, June 30
Rejoice
with Etta (US-MC) in the weekly CORE Cohorts virtual meetings, replacing the first week of OC’s CORE pre-field training. The interactive on-line sessions will lead to an August (2-15) in-person gathering in a retreat setting for this year’s CORE. Pray the weekly meetings continue to go well and build great community.

Wednesday, July 1
Please pray for global Chinese believers who model a commitment to discovering and telling the truth of the gospel.

Thursday, July 2
Pray with our MK school teachers for new core staff members who are needed for the coming school term to replace those leaving this summer.

Friday, July 3
Pray
with Cherie and David (US-MC) for their friend, Nhlanhla, who leads a youth ministry that Cherie started in Zandspruit, a squatter community in South Africa.  Pray for him as he seeks to care for spiritual and physical needs, distributing food to high school students and their families.

Saturday, July 4
Let us join together today in prayer for our nation. “Oh Lord, in our lives, communities, and nation, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  

Sunday, July 5
Phuveyi (Asia)
is serving with the Dimapur Christian Forum in pandemic preventive education, food and relief services, plus in a prayer movement. Pray that millions in their country (Nagaland) will turn to Christ with the Coronavirus as a new impetus to seek Him. 

Monday, July 6
Praise God
with Ray and Marge (International Ministry Team) for significant connections with key national leaders in Africa, Asia and the M.E.  for the purpose of training, coaching and mentoring. God has protected them from infection and provided rest, renewal, and reflection.

Tuesday, July 7
Rejoice
with Doug and Barbara (Brazil) that the Lord is giving the local pastors and churches new opportunities to share the gospel in their communities. As they seek to proclaim the Word, they are distributing food, masks, and sanitizing supplies. Pray for the new work in Natal, Brazil, with a group of pastors.

Wednesday, July 8
Thank God
with Craig and Heather (Outreach Canada) for the completion of his doctoral studies after several years of study and writing while still in ministry. Pray for his new role as Moderator of OC’s Global Alliance as he interacts more with global team leaders.

Thursday, July 9
Pray for Jay
and Sarah (South Africa Regional Team) who are waiting for their lock-down to be lifted, to make new travel plans as their Spring furlough in the U.S. was cancelled. Merciful Lord, renew their hope and strength to deal with life as “the abnormal becomes the new normal”.  Thank God for sustaining and using them the past six years as they’ve adjusted to a new host country.

Friday, July 10
Pray
with Lynn and Karen (Near Frontiers) who are trusting the Lord to provide a “double blessing” in 2021, as 14 summer outreach baseball camps in Germany are postponed until next year. Pray the German churches which had planned to participate this summer will discover other opportunities to reach out to their neighbors and communities with the Good News of Christ.

Saturday, July 11
Todd
and Melody (Asia) have started a “Nutrition for the Hungriest” distribution program with network teams filling grocery bags with assorted fruits, vegetables, and eggs delivered to needy families by young volunteers. The teams are using funds from cancelled events and trips. Pray for God’s grace for local teammates who are often overwhelmed by needs around them.

Sunday, July 12
Praise God
the D42 Refugee Center in Malaga is ministering to over 200 families. Thank Him too for the Prayer Campaign for North Africa as 70 groups in 62 cities have been mobilized to pray for unreached groups.

Monday, July 13
Give thanks to God
with L and B (Asia) for baptism of new believers in their area and for healing of a young “worker,” even while his believing cousin died of coronavirus. Pray for workers who are distributing food for the hungry and for dreams of Jesus to multiply.

Tuesday, July 14
Praise God with Dave and Barb (Asia Area) for “delivering” Dave from the pandemic lockdown away from his home where he was stuck for two months. Dave made good use of his confinement by writing the first draft of a Romans chapter 11 commentary while Barb at home made progress in her formal Malay language study.

Wednesday, July 15       
Pray for our people who are waiting to return to their fields of service. Please remember Hilde (Guatemala),  and John and Heather (South Africa Regional Team). Pray for Ted and Claudia (CAMENA) who need wisdom to know how to re-engage without fear in their host country as life and ministry begin to slowly re-open. Pray also for compassion and grace as they connect on-line with Brazilian workers in their region whom they cannot visit personally due to the pandemic. Use them, Gracious Lord, for equipping and encouraging the saints even from a distance.

July 2020 … Pre-Field Training in an Online Environment

In the wake of COVID, One Challenge changed this year’s summer training program and have re-tooled this training into a hybrid of weekly online video sessions and in-person training as allowed.

Summer Programs 2020

Become a Mission Worker

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Become a Mission Worker… Initial Contact Form

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/.


Pastor’s Pen

We’ve been blessed to have mission pastor Ralph Anderson, and his wife Joyce, at OC International for over 25 years. They have tended to our souls through the Word, prayer, counsel, and encouragement. As of June 2020 they are semi-retired. Click here to view an archive of short articles Ralph has written.