Prayer Requests: Gospel and Ministry
We appreciate all the people who pray for us regularly. Some of our needs and desires come up in regular blog posts, and we have listed many requests on our Prayer Requests page. You can see what some of our current needs and wants are, and read about how those prayers have been answered.
I recently updated that page with a couple of ideas that have been on my heart. They aren’t specific requests that will have a clear answer, but are things that I think we need to be especially mindful of this year. Please partner with us in prayer in 2013, to have gospel conversations and to have the right amount of focus in our ministry.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
Joanna and I want to Spread the Gospel in Allendale. We want to help others and build relationships, but we know that the most important aspects of life are those that deal with spiritual matters. We can do good deeds to let our light shine before others (Matthew 5:16), but we also desire to verbally share the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ.
However, as Thabiti Anyabwile points out in Only Once in About 30 Days, “desiring something ain’t the same thing as doing something.” We must not let a fear of man keep us from telling others how Jesus has changed our lives, and how He can change their lives as well.
Do you know what it’s called if we keep doing good deeds but don’t share the gospel? That would make us great social workers. And Jesus didn’t call us to Allendale to do social work. He called us here to spread His good news.
Please pray that we would have:
- Opportunities to have gospel conversations
- Boldness to engage others with gospel conversations
Focus in Our Ministry
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24
Between my jobs and our ministries (and just life in general), we have a lot going on. Our primary ministry area involves working with children and families. This area is where we feel the most equipped, experienced, and impassioned.
However, we also want to be open to explore more ministry opportunities. Sometimes these other ministries connect back (indirectly) to our ministry to children, such as when I started volunteering in the prison and wind up meeting security guards who have children in Allendale County Schools.
And sometimes being open to ministry opportunities is not about our own ministry. We may be able to learn about new opportunities in which others are equipped and passionate.
So we are left with a tension — how much should we focus on a few ministries, versus exploring new opportunities? Please pray that we would have wisdom in this area.
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