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Seven things all missionaries need . .

1.      Victory over mental stagnation
2.      Freshness in prayer and in Bible teaching
3.      Guidance in how to present the Gospel
4.      Deliverance from the temptation to pride
5.      Wisdom in relationships with other missionaries
6.      Strength to overcome temptations brought on by loneliness
7.      A saving sense of humor

Specifics to pray for…

When traveling . . .

  • That missionaries will pass effortlessly through customs and immigration lines
  • That the planes on which missionaries travel will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
  • That our missionaries will make all their connections

Health and safety objectives

  • Protection for the missionaries from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous animals
  • Protection for the missionaries from sickness
  • That missionaries will find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise
  • That missionaries’ food and water needs will be met

Spiritual watchcare objectives

  • Times of intimacy for missionaries with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship
  • Shielding for the missionaries from dark forces in spiritual realms
  • Preservation for missionaries from discouragement, fear, and doubt
  • That missionaries will demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, a teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit

Teamwork objectives

  • That teams of missionaries will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts [more on conflict management]
  • That missionaries will resist temptations toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride
  • That missionaries will be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy. [more on culture shock]
  • For missionaries to have wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that they will be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in their chosen land.

Verses to read at prayer time

  • Exodus 4:12; 33:14
  • Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
  • Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11
  • Zechariah 4:6
  • Acts 1:8, 4:29,30
  • Ephesians 3:16-20; 6:10-20

Portions adapted from an article by Gail Seiver in World Christian, Vol. 14, Number 4.

BLESS — an acronym to guide your prayer for a missionary or for a people group

B — Body

Pray for physical health and nutrition.

L – Labor.

Pray for their work.

E – Emotions.

Pray for emotional health and well-being of the missionary or people group.

S – Social.

Pray for their social relations, their families and extended families. Pray that God will keep marriages together.

S – Spiritual.

Pray for their spiritual condition.

Contributor:  Lisa Miriam Rohrick
Source: http://www.home.snu.edu
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Father of all, you sent your Son to carry out your mission of redeeming the world.

Today, many still have not heard his message of truth and love. Our world is torn by war and conflict, by poverty and injustice.

Let the light of your Gospel of love so shine in the world that it may be transformed into a worthy home for all your children of every race and country.

Bless all missionaries throughout the world that their work may bear fruit.

Together with them, may we too share in the missionary work of the whole Church that your Kingdom of justice, love and peace may come in all hearts and in all nations.

We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord.

Amen

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Want to know how to pray for those working to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission among those yet unreached?

You can use your fingers as memory aids when you pray for missions. Here’s how those fingers become prayer points:

1. Thumb
Since your thumb is nearest to you, begin by praying for those missionaries closest to you. They are the easiest ones to remember. C.S. Lewis said that praying for those we love is a “sweet duty.”

2. Index or pointing finder
Let your “pointing finger” remind you to pray for missionaries who teach, instruct, and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and evangelists. They need support and wisdom for pointing others in the right direction.

3. Middle finger
Our tallest finger reminds us of our church leaders. We can never pray too much for them. Pray for those who supervise and direct missionary outreach.

4.  Ring finger
Surprisingly, the ring finger is our weakest finger (as any piano teacher will testify). This weak finger reminds us to pray for those missionaries who are discouraged, in trouble, or in pain. [ read more ]

5.  Little finger
Our little finger is the smallest finger of all, which is where we should place our individual wants and desires in relation to world evangelism needs. The Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for the people of the world who have the greatest need to find Jesus. Pray that they will open their eyes and see Him.

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Church Should Use Internet to Evangelize, Says Vatican Official

Archbishop Foley Sees “Areopagus of Our Time”


ROME, JUNE 6, 2005 (Zenit.org).- If it is possible to find God on the Internet, then the Church has the obligation to proclaim him in that medium, says a Vatican official.

Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, told a meeting today: “The Internet can be a new path to God, a call to the Church to question itself on the opportunities offered by the new media to inform, educate, pray and evangelize, to take the Word of God everywhere, to reach also those who live in solitude and who perhaps would never open the door to their home.”

The archbishop expressed these thoughts when addressing a meeting in Rome on “Internet and the Catholic Church in Europe,” organized by the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences.

“The Church, as transmitter of the Revelation of God, has the task to communicate the Word and must encourage the use of Internet for the common good, the development of peace and justice, in respect of personal dignity and with a spirit of solidarity,” he pointed out.

Internet is “the Areopagus of our time, the instrument to spread the Christian message,” Archbishop Foley said. “But it is necessary to educate in its use, as with every reality that surrounds us, the positive element is opposed to the negative, creating confusion and false values.

“Yes, God can be found on the network. And among the millions of people who surf the Internet every day, many may find words of hope, come across other cultural and spiritual experiences, bringing down ideological barriers to discover new horizons.”

If “God continues to dialogue with humanity through the Church,” then “the Church must assume her own responsibility vis-à-vis the new means of communication,” the Vatican official said.

To accomplish this, he continued, there must be “precise criteria of discernment and a pedagogical intention, so that both those who operate in the sector as well as those who use the network are able to choose with maturity in an ever broader context of information and disinformation.”

Archbishop Foley added: “It is impossible to remain with one’s arms crossed contemplating this world that changes so rapidly; it is necessary to remember that God’s voice can be raised above many other voices, as he has always spoken to man and tries to reach him with all possible means, at times unimaginable.”

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January 25, 2009
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Mk 16:15-18

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This is given special importance this Sunday since it coincides with our celebration of the Bi-millennium of the  Apostle’s  birth. Paul, also known as Saul, was born in Tarsus in the early first century A.D. Saul was not a sinner who got converted. He was a faithful Jew, a Pharisee, a true disciple of the Law and to defend the faith he persecuted the  early followers of the Way (Christian).

It was only when he encountered Jesus on his way to Damascus that Paul was totally changed. After his personal encounter with Jesus who identified himself with the Christians whom he persecuted Paul was never been the same. He was converted into Christianity.  He became an Apostle of Jesus Christ and particularly, the Apostle to the Gentiles. Although he was not one among the original Twelve Apostles, St. Paul was conscious of what is ‘to be an apostle by vocation’ – i.e, not by self-choice and neither by human appointment, but rather exclusively by one’s calling and divine election (Pope Benedict XVI). With apostolic zeal, he faced the challenges of travel, cultures, imprisonment, and beatings; of shipwrecks and sleepless nights, of magic and philosophies. At the end, St. Paul he gave his life as a last and lasting witness to his deep and living faith in Jesus and his Body, the Church.

St. Paul in his Letter to Timothy once spoke about the universality of salvation when he wrote: “God wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:3-4). What does universality of salvation mean? What is its implication? The late Pope John Paul II addressed these two questions when he wrote:   “The universality of salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all it must be made concretely available to all” (RM 9).

This explains why Jesus started his public ministry not only by calling his disciples to repentance, baptism and faith but also by calling and choosing group of disciples to be with him whom he named apostles so that later on he cound send them on a mission. What mission? Mission to evangelize. Mission to proclaim Jesus and his message of salvation. Mission to build and spread the Church. Mission to spread the reign of God here on earth until it is perfected in the Kingdom of heaven. Mission to teach, to sanctify, to govern and lead the  people to God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, and the  Origin and our Destiny.

As we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and the Bi-millennium of the Apostle’s birth, we are reminded of the mission entrusted by Christ to the Church, to the Apostles, to the Baptized and to all members of Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church. In fact, the universal missionary task involves not only these chosen members of the Church, but all the baptized, each according to his or her individual vocation. “No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples” (Redemptoris missio, n. 3). By evangelizing the nations, the Church fulfills her own vocation, because she exists in order to evangelize (cf. Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14).

The Lord’s call to proclaim the Good News is still valid today: indeed it is ever more urgent. The call to mission acquires a singular urgency, particularly if we look at that part of humanity which still does not know Christ or recognize Him. Like Paul, we are cursed if we do not preach the Gospel. Proclaim, therefore, Christ and his Gospel in season and out of season!   [Pope John Paul II, 75th Anniversary of the World Mission Sunday]

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