Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pray with Operation Christmas Child - March 2017 week 4

What a privilege we have to be able to call out to the Almighty God in prayer, to speak to Him and He hear us and answer us! We can call out to Him and He listens...we should not take this lightly. We should not underestimate the power of prayer.  James 5:16-18 declares, "…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops." God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers. With that in mind, do we pray as often and sincerely as we should? Do we pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)?  Jesus taught, "…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you". (Matthew 17:20). The Bible urges us, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18). Will you join me in praying for the Operation Christmas Child ministry with bold faith, believing God is going to move mountains with this ministry?  The specific request for the last week of March are listed below. Thank you for being a prayer warrior for this ministry!

  1. Pray as we seek the Lord’s direction for the next Area Coordinator for our team. 
  2. Pray for a new Collection Center Coordinator (central drop off leader) and Collection Center (Central Drop-Off Location). Pray for God to reveal who and where this needs to be in NEA.
  3. Pray for Vicki Pepper (our Mid-South Regional Manager) as she helps NEA and travels to fills in the voids where teams are missing leadership. 
  4. Pray for our 2017 Shoebox Gospel Opportunity Goal for the 7 counties of NEA that will be announced soon!!! 
Mid-South Requests: 
  1. The Lord to raise up key leaders for multiple developing teams. 
  2. A smooth upcoming re-commitment process for year-round Connect Volunteers. 
  3. Provision for volunteers who will be attending the Global Connect Conference in April. International Prayer Requests that each country faces: 
  4. Wisdom to recruit, select and lead new and/or transitioning volunteer leadership team members. 
  5. Provision of resources and the person who leads this area so they are able to reach their God-sized goals for the current year.

Middle East and North Africa:
  1. Pray for the upcoming training events and the new season. \
  2. ray for wisdom as new teams are growing in their knowledge and the love of OCC ministry.
  3. Pray God will open doors to enter into unreached areas. 
  4. Pray for the political stability in the country. 
Middle East and North Africa:
  1. Pray that the Ministry of Religious Affairs will approve the importation of the containers. 
  2. Pray for adequate storage of the shoeboxes and ministry materials for this season. 
  3. Pray for wisdom and a successful season for the team.
Russia, Europe and Central Asia:
  1. Pray for the importation process as it is becoming more complicated every season. 
  2. Pray the team finds a way to import the boxes, in spite of the new restrictions, so that children will be able to receive the gifts.
South Asia:
  1. Pray for security for the volunteer team following a very tumultuous year, which Christians were targeted by terrorist groups. Pray for God’s protection over all believers in the country. 
  2.  Pray for favor and a smooth process as the team seeks to obtain the 2017 tax exemption from the Muslim majority government. 
  3. Pray God will provide the right person to serve as National Coordinator.

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