This week’s question is “Why and how do I pray?”
When we started thinking about a “trial period” of missions, one of our greatest desires was to go somewhere where God was already clearly at work and where we could get caught up in what He was doing. Not everything is easy or fun here in Puerto Supe, but I see so clearly that God has answered that prayer for us. Particularly through Alpha, I am surprised again and again that normal people like us could be part of such a remarkable movement of the Spirit. All of that to say that we continue to be deeply grateful for the opportunity to be here and to host this Alpha course. We are watching God transform people before our very eyes and it is breathtaking.
Here are some ways you can partner with us in prayer today:
1. Pray for our guests to come! This weekend is a major holiday for Puerto Supe, the celebration of “our saint” (Peter), and will be a huge party for a few days. Our guests decided we should still get together. Pray that they won’t be kept from coming and that they will come with open, enthusiastic hearts.
2. Pray for our discussion. To deal with the issue of “super-Christians” monopolizing the conversation, we’re going to separate into two groups tonight according to the involvement people already have with “God stuff.” Pray for that to go over well. Pray that the “Christian-y” group will have stimulating conversation that helps them grow in the faith they already have. Pray that the “seekers” group will take off with their new freedom from people who know it all (or think they do)! I think the discussion this week has the potential to be more “real” as we talk about prayer, our thoughts and feelings about it, and our experience of it so far.
3. Pray for the food- taste, right amount, that Peruvians will like it. This really is a big issue every week as we fill all of the Alpha leader roles. We’re making Shepherd’s Pie. We have decided to continue making non-Peruvian dishes since we can’t really compete with the Peruvians on those! Casserole-type dishes have been a huge relief since they don’t involve last minute cooking. If you have any favorites, send them to me!
4. Pray for us. We want to go into Alpha happy and full, ready to love and focus on people.
We are so encouraged by your partnership and devotion to us. Have a great weekend!