Monday, June 13, 2016

June Operation Christmas Child Prayer Weeks 2-4

Prayer is such an important weapon against the attacks of satan. Small acts of kindness and prayer can change the world when it is done sincerely, with the right heart. Just think, one boy's lunch fed a multitude. One mom placing her baby in a basket to save his life freed a whole nation! Being a prayer warrior for Operation Christmas Child is so easy, yet so important and I am so thankful that you are willing to pray for this great ministry. We can each take these requests and share them with just one other person and just think of the effects it could cause...even your littlest actions could change the world.  It is called the "butterfly effect"- say a butterfly flutters its wings in Jonesboro, Arkansas, will it change the weather in another part of the planet, like Australia? That is the theory of the butterfly effect. So, can one small action cause change in a significant way and in turn cause larger change, and another, and another? I believe with prayer, there is a butterfly effect.  What if we all reach out to others to get more people to pray for OCC? Why, you ask? With only 21 weeks until National Collection Week we need to put on the armor of God and start preparing our region and volunteers to collect over 820,000 gospel opportunities November 14-21. We have a lot to accomplish over the next few months so we need to together lay the needs of our OCC family at God’s feet...where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name...what about 2-300,000 in my name? Please be in prayer for the following request the rest of June and I challenge you to get at least one person to sign up to be a Prayer Network Partner for OCC - all you have to do as a PNP is PRAY about what we send out...EVERYONE that is a child of THE ONE TRUE KING should be able to do that! Here are our requests for the remainder of June!
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12

OCC Mid-South Prayer Requests:
* Pray for God to multiply our collection network and to open doors with churches and Pastors.
* Pray for the Mid-South goal of 820,001 Gospel Opportunities.
* Pray that gift boxes and follow up work will have a lasting spiritual effect on the lives of the  children and their families.
* Continue to pray for Franklin Graham and the Decision America Tour

NEA OCC Requests:

* pray for our area team as it grows
* pray for our goal of 11,222 Gospel Opportunities
* pray for all our area churches as they have VBS this summer.
* Kevin & Jennifer Barnett's son, Matthew is in Cuba on a mission trip until June 29th.
* Melinda and Marlin Dixon are on a mission trip to Guatemala until June 25th.
* Jennifer Barnett and a dental/medical team of 28 from NEA will be in Lima, Peru June 22-29.

OCC International Prayer Requests that each country faces:
* Wisdom to recruit, select and lead new and/or transitioning volunteer leadership team members.
* Provision of resources to reach their God-sized goals for the current year.

The next two weeks we will be praying for Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

Equatorial Guinea - Pray for the children of Equatorial Guinea who often face premature deaths and epidemics.
Guinea - Pray for the Muslim children OCC is ministering to.
      *Praise God for strengthening the churches through the OCC ministry.
      * Pray for the Ministry Partners holding the Outreach Events to make        the best use of this ministry for the glory of God. 
      *Pray for easier access so boxes can be delivered to more remote            areas.
Mali - Pray for the north of the country which is not accepting of the Good News.
Senegal - Pray for the children’s churches that have started as a result of the Outreach Events. Pray they will grow and mature.
Sierra Leone - Pray the Ministry Partners holding the Outreach Events to children will apply what they have learned and will take the Gospel outside of the church. Pray for the TGJ classes. Pray OCC will reach its goals for TGJ this year.
Togo - Pray for security from foes as well as false brothers.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on you, that you should be called a child of God! And that is what you are! 1 John 3:1

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