Before we get in today’s topic, we have an Urgent Prayer request:
It looks like my request for Italian citizenship is in its final evaluation phase.
Gaining Italian citizenship would:
1. Guarantee our stay here for as long as possible.
2. Allow me to continue to minister here freely for as long as possible.
3. Allow me to reside in the country I have known as home for my whole life!
4. Permit me to be a dual citizen.
We talk about what we’re thankful for, I try to model sanctification though my driving (a daily challenge), and I pray for his day.
Last week on our way to school, out of the blue, Noah said: “I want Jesus to be my Savior.” Way to melt a Daddy’s heart!
Of course then he changed the subject to elephants… But I’m so glad he’s thinking!
The more I think about it, the more I think what a tragedy it would be to reach the whole world and neglect the mission field that is closest to home! In some ways you could say that there are several different mission fields that we are called to. Some are closer than others.
What are your mission fields?
In 1st Timothy 2:1Paul reminds us: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,” He concludes this thought saying (v.4): “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
It’s hard to imagine a time in my life when things around the world have seemed less certain. The world is hurting, but they are looking for solace in all the wrong places. It is our responsibility to point them to the right place! While we can talk to them until we are blue in the face, God is the one who opens hearts to respond. So if you’re wondering where your evangelism should start, it should be with prayer.
We recently lost one of the great prayer warriors in our church. Villelma, well into her nineties, was one our charter members. She would pray every day for all of our members, present and past, missionaries and visitors. We have never known the church without her prayers. Pray that many will heed that sacred call — in Italy, in America and around the world!