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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

Saturday, May 1
Pray with Barbosa and Sinara (South Africa Regional Team) for open doors and God’s timing for their return to Africa. Ask the Lord of the Harvest to overcome the final hurdles for them to depart. Continue to pray for Dave and Glenda (Asia) as they hope to be able to get back to their field by late summer/early fall. Pray for international travel restrictions to be lifted/adjusted and visa procurement possibilities to open up.

Sunday, May 2   
Our OC Sports Ambassadors teammate, Dan Brandel, passed away last week after being in a tragic car accident while traveling and ministering in Malawi, Africa. Please pray for Dan’s wife, their two daughters, and four grandchildren. Because of Dan’s great love for Africa, where he was both born and where he laid down his life while serving the Lord, pray for the continent of Africa and for the growth of the kingdom there.

Monday, May 3 
Praise God with Thamsing (GA–S Asia) for the Gospel Youth Olympics, held in his city with 1500 youth from 60 churches where some 600 gave their lives to God on the last day! Pray that these will get well-rooted in the Word and in churches.

Tuesday, May 4
Pray
for Emil (CAMENA) who was invited to become the leader for the Perspectives team in their location. This is the only team working in the whole country, so for the moment this team is responsible for the nation. Pray for Emil as he leads and as they prepare for the virtual class to be held in the fall.

Wednesday, May 5
Give thanks to the Lord with Phuveyi (GA–S Asia) for the impact he is having with missionary trainees through ongoing teaching. A special highlight was the symbolic washing of the feet of 32 graduating students at the end of March. Pray for these students who just graduated on April 23rd as the Lord directs them into new ministries.

Thursday, May 6
Praise God
with Lorena (GA–CAMENA) and Nell (CAMENA) for His hand in helping them make the first online training for Christian Coaching leaders in Spanish. Five leaders participated and it was a time of great growth and learning.

Friday, May 7
Pray
with Debbie (SE Asia) for God’s favor on the PEARL (Preventing Exploitation Actively Restoring Lives) ministry. PEARL has facilitated many seminars on human trafficking and other significant topics that contribute to the evil of human trafficking, and they have been able to grow significant relationships with women who work in the nightclub district. Pray for transformed lives and communities.

Saturday, May 8
Pray
for Jeff and Robin (Taiwan) as they prepare for a home assignment this summer. Ask for God’s hand upon pre-travel COVID tests, travel and speaking engagements and for the provision of needed support and ministry partners.

Sunday, May 9
Praise God for the fantastic OC Learning Conference last month. God met us in special ways, brought us significant connection, oversaw every aspect and launched us into what’s next!

Monday, May 10
Pray
with Gill (US-MC) for a small Himalayan country’s church planting partnership. Pray for Royal who is the facilitator of this partnership and is looking for new local partners and new church planters to join in the work of reaching this unreached nation.

Tuesday, May 11
Praise God for a new family who will be interviewed this week for membership into One Challenge. May the Lord give wisdom and discernment to all.

Wednesday, May 12
Pray
for the CORE Training of 10+ families which begins in person on June 14thMay God grant His direction for presenters and mentors and effective receptivity for the participants. Much online training is already taking place.

Thursday, May 13
Praise God!
A ministry team in Eastern Africa shared that in the 4th quarter of 2020 there were more new churches established than in any previous quarter. Much of this was through innovative leadership development and compassion ministries.

Friday, May 14
Pray for Ronald (GA–S Asia)
and his family and nation as the situation has grown very serious in recent weeks and months. COVID-19 cases and deaths are very high. Several in his immediate family have/had the virus. In addition to this they are having trouble with financial transfers, and funds are being stretched thin.

Saturday, May 15
Pray with Edwin (International Ministry Team)
as he is busy with seminars on evangelism, church planting, and training and equipping Latin workers who are desiring to go to Cousin countries to bring the good news.

Sunday, May 16
Pray for Warren and Alisa (Global Research Team, Asia Regional Team)
as they look to God for open doors to return to Asia, and as Warren begins his leadership of the Global Research Team. Ask the Lord for strength and grace as they lead in many ways!

Monday, May 17
Thank the Lord with Ron and Mikel Ann (OC Associates)
for the quality time they have spent with workers in training at Joel and Irena’s school (Europe) where they taught on leadership, Bible study methods, and counseling.


 

Prayer Focus … May 2021 … OC Guiding Principles: Character & Community

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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.