Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How to Pray for Missionary Kids

How to Pray for MKs (TCKs)


by Dr. Will Bruce, in consultation with many who work extensively with MKs
 
When God calls Christians into ministry, He desires the whole family to be part of his witness in the community they serve. Strong Christian families can endure hardships, overcome difficulties, persevere in the face of discouragements, and be a powerful witness of God’s love and grace through their daily lives. Unfortunately, Satan is also aware that one of his most effective strategies in hindering the Lord’s work is to destroy the witness of the family, by taking advantage of the vulnerability of children. Missionaries’ kids (MK or third-culture kids, TCKs) are extremely important members of the missionary team although often not recognized as such. Effective, strategic, knowledgeable prayer on their behalf can prevent the significant loss caused by their not adjusting to God’s will for them.

DAY 1
Spiritual Life and Maturing
As with every individual, MKs must personally acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior. The MKs’ #1 priority must be to establish their true personal identity in Christ. Only then can they grow and mature in Christ. Pray that MKs will have a personal relationship to Christ and put him first in their lives, maintain a vital devotional life, and have a thankful attitude, while still not denying difficulties or griefs; that they will be teachable and willing to accept spiritual guidance from parents, dorm parents and others, so that they will grow up secure, well adjusted and having a self-image based on who they are in Christ, able to remind themselves that Christ lives in them, fully assured of their salvation, and not pitying themselves because they are MKs. Like all children, MKs are seeking personal worth and success which is usually found through encouragement from their parents. Pray that the MKs will recognize the skills they have as valuable; that they will have courage to pursue their interests; that the parents will positively reinforce the children’s good behavior and encourage development of transferable skills; that MKs will at all times keep their priorities in line with the mind and the will of God; that their self-worth will be based on being children of God and not on human success.
 
DAY 2
Family Dynamics
Sometimes lack of stability in missionary families can come from: (1) Failure of each family member to appropriate or understand their position in Christ or to be constantly alert to the deceptive attacks of Satan. (2) Long separations. (3) Rootlessness due to frequent moves. (4) Disunity and poor relationships within the family. (5) Failure to feel part of the ministry and consequent resentment when there are necessary separations. (6) A sense of neglect when letter writing is left to only one parent. (7) Failure to balance responsibilities toward ministry and family, resulting in the MKs feeling neglected. Pray that missionary parents will make their children feel a part of their ministry; that parents of MKs will provide the love and attention their children need; that parents will balance ministry and family needs; that the MKs will learn the value of the parents’ ministry; that parents (especially fathers) will spend quality time with each child one-on-one and with the family alone.
 
Dealing with Losses and Relationships
Due to constant changes and moves MKs may “lose” friends and have to cultivate new friendships much more often than their peers at home. Some grow reluctant to establish meaningful relationships and withdraw in despair. MKs need a sense of stability. The parents need sensitivity to any potential confusion of the MKs. Pray that the MKs will accept the challenge of separation if it is necessary to live away from their parents, and will have courage to face loneliness and fears; that they will know it’s okay to cry or be sad or lonely, but be sure of God’s promise to “never leave them nor forsake them” (Hebrews 13:5); that they will form close healthy relationships and mutually supportive friendships with both nationals and their peers; that they might be protected from any who would wrongly influence their thinking; that the MKs will find good mentors; that they will feel free to openly discuss problems, doubts and confusion; that the MKs will reach out to others who need friends, too; that prayer partners will be faithful in praying for the MKs as well as for their parents. When families return for furlough or home assignment, the MK is exposed to new people, unfamiliar places, different culture and expectations, and thus also needs prayer in these areas. MKs need prayer for grace to relate to the many visitors in their homes as well as to those who host them.
 
DAY 3
Personal Standards
MKs must develop godly principles and standards. They will need to be firmly grounded in God’s word and develop their own values based upon it. The MKs need to adopt and maintain high biblical values in order to enable them to resist godless circumstances and pressure from their peers, the media and Satan. MKs must be taught to accept themselves, their bodies, their urges, as part of God’s plan. Healthy sexuality must be positively taught, first in the parents’ acceptance of themselves, and then in parents initiating healthy discussions appropriate to the needs of the kids. Pray that the MKs, if subjected to destructive temptations such as drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, and unedifying movies and videos, will resist them and set good examples for weaker peers; that when Satan tempts them they will resist him (James 4:7) and claim their position in Christ. Pray that they will view themselves as God’s creation and walk in the light with Jesus in all relationships.
 
DAY 4
Cultural Adjustment
There is the continuing trauma of not quite belonging anywhere. When the MK is serving with his parents, he is singled out as a foreigner, but when he returns to the so-called “home country” he may not feel at home and may have difficulty fitting in. The MK needs to accept or at least tolerate different ways and customs and be willing to adapt. Language may also be a problem. Being able to cope is a great challenge to the MK. Pray that the MKs will have an appreciation for the unique experiences they have had; that they might see how future ministry or vocation can be enriched by these experiences; that the parents will encourage their children to see their lives in a broad, global sense, encouraging them to consider ministry, whether at home or abroad, but being very careful not to put undue pressure on them, realizing that the Holy Spirit, through the scriptures, must lead them individually.
 
For Physical Safety and Health
Disasters such as typhoons, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, drought, fires, as well as murders, kidnapping, robbery, unstable governments and hazardous travel, threaten many missionary families. Many underdeveloped countries have very high pollution or lack adequate medical care or nutritious foods, causing some families to leave the field because of illness. Pray that when MKs experience crisis situations their trust in God will not be shaken. Pray for safety. Pray for the measure of health that will best glorify our Lord. Pray for protection from indigenous and common diseases and that the MKs and their parents will remember that the only really safe place is in the will of God.
 
DAY 5
Dealing with Sin
MKs, like all kids, need to learn what sin is and how to deal with it victoriously. Due to circumstances on the field or at home, bitterness may develop. It must be recognized as sin, admitted, confessed, resisted and cleansed. (1 John 1:9) When not dealt with, bitterness especially causes disastrous, long-lasting results. (Heb. 12:15) Pray that the MKs, if guilty, will recognize and repent of their sins, i.e., bitterness, lying, stealing, cheating, unnecessary anxiety, sexual sins, worry, or sinful anger. Pray that they will walk in the light with Jesus and not in the darkness with Satan from whom they have been freed; that they will mature in Christ as they come into a deeper awareness of who they are in Christ and all that it means.
 
Satanic Influences
Satan, as the “god of this world,” uses the influences of the cultures in which we live and work to draw us away from the Lord. Pray that parents will be prepared to provide strong spiritual defenses for their families; that the MKs will learn early to exercise their authority as children of God to resist the attacks of the enemy; that they will choose the truth of God’s word as their defense against the deceptions of Satan; that they will submit to God and resist the appeal of the world that opens the door to the activity of evil spirits; that they will refuse the temptation to dabble in occult activities.
 
DAY 6
Finances
Many MKs have been raised on limited financial resources (by home-side standards), yet may have lived in very undeveloped countries where they may even have felt rich. This dichotomy has an effect on the MKs’ view of wealth. Pray that they will accept their financial status without assuming attitudes of “the world owes me a living” because their families have been supported by others; that MKs will not become bitter at the lack of “things” while growing up; and that financial limitations will not cause them to make personal wealth their life goal.
 
Education and Development
MKs may not realize that their education on the field is often superior to that in their home countries, and that their cross-cultural experience is an education in itself. Pray for homeschooled MKs: for protection of their study hours from undue interruption; arrival of their study materials in good time and condition; self-discipline for mothers in patiently holding children to their prescribed work; friendships outside the home; and extra pressure on the mother. Pray for MKs living at home and attending local national or international schools for: ability to keep up with classmates where possible or to accept themselves if they fall behind. Pray regarding mission schools, that God will give special wisdom for mission leadership in regard to personnel who teach and care for the MKs and wisdom in carefully supervising the school personnel. Pray that MKs who are in a boarding school adjust, get along with the house parents and other MKs, and look to the Lord when struck with homesickness; that the caregivers will have godly wisdom to care for the spiritual and emotional as well as educational and physical needs of the MKs. Pray for MKs who have concerns, fears and anxieties about the future, regarding their careers, further schooling, life partner, etc. Pray that the MKs will have assurance that the Lord will adequately meet their academic, social, school, emotional, and physical needs just as he is able to meet all their spiritual needs. Pray that the MKs will be protected from psychological, physical and sexual abuse in every situation.
 
DAY 7
Reentry to the Home Country
Most MKs reenter their home country after completing high school. Proper reentry is crucial to the MKs as they enter adulthood. They need to find a campus support group, an extended family and friends, and a supportive church, especially if they are not living with their relatives. It is important that they attend a reentry seminar if at all possible to assist in the adjustment to a lifestyle that will often be different from the one in which they grew up. Pray for good self-images rooted in their relationship with God that will not be threatened by cultural adjustments; for keen observation skills; for a desire to know and understand others; for courage to ask appropriate questions; and for a special friend to whom they can go for information and clarification. MKs often view the home-country kids as self-centered, affluent, shallow, living in a fast-paced environment and unaware of the rest of the world. Pray that, rather than becoming cynical, the MKs will prayerfully choose their standards based on God’s word and will not judge those around them, and that they will demonstrate godly priorities and principles and influence others for Christ. Pray that MKs will not be proud or withdraw in disappointment, but realize that the majority of their new friends have not had the opportunity to see the world as they have; that God will give them boldness in sharing the things they have witnessed and the ways they have seen him work; that they will take the challenge to inform and expose the church to world needs and not expect everyone to be excited about their lives and experiences as MKs.
 
Accept Your Responsibility
Effective, strategic, specific and regular prayer for MKs is absolutely essential. Missionaries do their part in fulfilling the Great Commission in obedience to Christ’s command—it is essential that you as the prayer missionary accept responsibility for praying for the MKs effectively. Write to the MKs or to their families, find out about them, and let them know you care. Ask them for requests. Communicate regularly even if the MK does not write to you regularly. Use prayers in scripture as a model for praying for MKs. Make the prayer personal by inserting the MK’s name or specific situation. Ephesians 1:15:22, 3:16-21; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-14.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October Prayer Requests

Dear Praying Partners,

We have been blessed this past week by Pastor Rick and Janie Burkhalter and a pastoral team they have brought to Uganda.  They have encouraged, ministered to, and prayed over missionaries.  They have also lead a Pastors and Wives’ Conference for Africa Gospel Church.  The Lord anointed their teaching, and the Holy Spirit moved in a wonderful way.  Please continue to pray for this team as they minister here and in Kenya over the next couple of weeks.  Also pray for the pastors and their wives who make great sacrifices to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Mayo's leave for HMA in January.   The field desperately needs a treasurer/business manager right now so that they can receive training before we leave.  Please continue to uplift this urgent need.

Thank you for standing with us and helping us to reclaim God’s territory,


How you can be Praying for WGM Uganda
Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families.
Southern Uganda Missionaries 
·                              Jonathan & Lisa Mayo (Jordan & Ethan)  
·                              Kenneth & Delight Hopson (Kaleb, Austin, & Emilee)  
·                              Lisa Fish (Home Ministry Assignment) 
·                              John & Beth Muehleisen (Home Ministry Assignment)  
·                              Jean Komline (beginning her 3rd year teaching at Heritage) 
·                              Karli Elsrod (teaching physical education at Heritage) 
·                              Jessie Mittleman (teaching art at Heritage) 
Northern Uganda Missionaries
·                              Billy & Joanna Coppedge (Elsie Jayne & Lucy Mae)  
Eastern Uganda Missionaries 
·                             Michael and Brenda Guilliams (Luke - preschooler) working in the Jinja area in pastoral training/community health and development 
New Missionaries Preparing to Serve Throughout Uganda  
·                             Josh and Kelly Hallahan (Caleb & Seth - preschoolers) will be the chaplain at Heritage International School, working with university students  
·                             Scott and Meg Rambo (Timothy - preschooler) will be in Arua working with the Coppedges    
·                             John and Nancy Ferg (Carly & Jamie - both in high school) will be in Kampala helping with youth/university ministries and maintenance.   
·                             Matt and Joy (Morse) Burke (Judah & Lily - preschoolers) will be working with pastoral training/community health & development 
 Uganda Field Pastors 
·                     Rick and Janie Burkhalter (visit Uganda missionaries twice each year) 
Ministry Prayer Request
·                      The Uganda field has an urgent need for a business manager/treasurer. We don't have anyone at this point to fill this very important position.
·                      The income tax situation at Heritage is still unresolved. Please continue to pray for God's intervention.  
·                      Please pray for the MK’s during this school year:  Kaleb (10th grade), Austin and Jordan (8th grade), and Emilee and Ethan (6th grade). 
·                      Please pray for the Fergs as they transition to a new ministry. They will be working with Michael and Kay Johnson in Philadelphia with a ministry called Out of Nazareth while they continue to raise their support for Uganda. Of course, they are disappointed that they haven't been able to raise their support for Uganda yet and have had to take this detour.  
·                     Billy and Joanna Coppedge praise the Lord that they are now back in Arua after HMA and are getting resettled and reacquainted with people. Pray specifically for the key relationships that Jesus wants them to develop during this term of service.
Ongoing Prayer Requests for the Field
·                     Please continue to pray for the field housing situation.  With rent increases and more missionaries arriving, the need for affordable field housing continues to remain a need.  
·                     Please pray for the pastoral training program in 2010. The training syllabus is being updated and revised to a new discipleship/scriptural knowledge/leadership model.  
·                     The Africa Gospel Church will be going through a time of transition in 2010 as they will soon get their registration from the Uganda government. They will be learning how to govern themselves as well as how to budget the church's finances. This is a huge step in the life of the Africa Gospel Church.  
·                     Pray for the Community Health Empowerment ministry (CHE) that was launched last February. Pray that those involved in this ministry will be true servants of Jesus Christ and will help lead not only their local churches but also their communities toward transformation.  
·                     Please pray for the youth pastor’s training as well as a devotional book that is in the works for the youth who are away at school.  
·                     Please pray as we continue to look at new areas for outreach. New ministries have already begun in South Sudan. We are now looking at ministry opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and 5 strategic locations within Uganda.  
·                     Please pray that the Lord will provide 42 new missionaries in the next 10 years to meet the needs of the expanding ministries.  
·                     Please pray for the printing ministry that Kenneth and Delight Hopson are involved with. The print shop touches every area of ministry of WGM in Uganda.  
·                     Please pray for land to be purchased to build an Urban Center or to be able to purchase land with an existing building for multi-purpose ministries in Kampala.  This Urban Center would be a place for the 600 plus students from 11 African countries in the University Ministry. It would be a multi-purpose building for a church to reach professionals, a place to begin businesses or to rent out to other businesses to help fund the ministries of the church.  
·                     Please pray that God will provide the necessary resources to meet the needs within all of the ministry opportunities.  
·                     Please pray that we would all have the attitude of Christ, that we would keep Him the center focus of our lives, marriages, families, & ministries, and that we would be a light to Uganda.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WGM Uganda Declaration

Will you stand with us in prayer?

Declaration for WGM Uganda
Based on Psalm 37 (NLT)

We decree that we will seek Jesus first so that through His holy love, lives, churches, and communities are transformed.  We will put our hope in the Lord and travel steadily along His path.  He will honor us by giving us the land, and we will see the wicked destroyed.  In the name of Jesus we rebuke Satan as a thief and liar.  In the Name of Jesus we reclaim the territory (lives, churches, communities, land, buildings, vehicles, finances, families, and marriages) that rightfully belong to God.  We will no longer allow Satan to steal, kill and destroy.  We will no longer allow Satan to steal our faith or our inheritance.

We decree the release of resources to reclaim the territory; finances for the approved budget as well as the missionary ministry funds, land, houses, urban center, and vehicles.

We decree the release of at least 42 missionaries in the next 10 years to cover the expansion of Uganda, Sudan, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

We refuse to allow any spirit of division and complaining to affect the mission God has given us.  No weapon formed against us shall prosper.  By the blood of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith, and by His holy name, we make this decree.

September Requests

How you can be Praying for WGM Uganda…

Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families…
   
Southern Uganda Missionaries
·         Jonathan & Lisa Mayo (Jordan & Ethan)
·          Kenneth & Delight Hopson (Kaleb, Austin, & Emilee) 
·         Lisa Fish (Home Ministry Assignment)
·         John & Beth Muehleisen (Home Ministry Assignment) 
·         Jean Komline (beginning her 3rd year teaching at Heritage)
·         Brent Duncan (in charge of housing and vehicle maintenance, works with university students, pastoral training)
·         Karli Elsrod (teaching physical education at Heritage)
·         Jessie Mittleman (teaching art at Heritage)

Northern Uganda Missionaries
  • Billy & Joanna Coppedge (Elsie Jayne & Lucy Mae)

New Missionaries Preparing to Serve Throughout Uganda
  • Josh and Kelly Hallahan (Caleb& Seth - preschoolers) will be the chaplain at Heritage International School, working with university students
  • Scott and Meg Rambo (Timothy - preschooler) will be in Arua working with Coppedges
  • Michael and Brenda Guilliams (Luke - preschooler) working in Jinja
  • John and Nancy Ferg (Carly & Jamie - both in high school) will be in Kampala helping with maintenance
  • Matt and Joy (Morse) Burke (Judah & Lily - preschoolers) will be working with pastoral training/community health & development

 Uganda Field Pastors
  • Rick and Janie Burkhalter (visit Uganda missionaries twice each year)
   
Ministry Prayer Requests
·         Matt and Joy Burke praise God for the little bundle of joy He has brought into their lives, Lily. They also ask that we pray for their Home Ministry Assignment schedule. It's difficult for them to work full time and make contacts.  

·         Josh and Kelly Hallahan are heading to Colorado fornew missionary training (SPLICE/PILAT) September 13-October 15. Pray that the training would sink deep into their hearts, equip them for the field, and at the same time, that God would help them keep building their support team!
 

·         Two families will arrive in Uganda this month. Michael and Brenda Guilliams will arrive on September 3, and Billy and Joanna Coppedge will arrive on September 7. Please pray for both of these families as they adjust to living in Uganda as well as for wisdom and guidance as they engage in ministry (Guilliams in Jinja and Coppedges in northwestern Uganda and southern Sudan).

·         Heritage International School has an urgent need for a principal and English teacher. Praise the Lord the other teaching positions have been filled.

·         The income tax situation at Heritage is still unresolved. Please continue to pray for God's intervention.

·         The Uganda field has an urgent need for a business manager/treasurer. We don't have anyone at this point to fill this very important position.

·         Please pray for the MK’s during this school year:  Kaleb (10th grade), Austin and Jordan (8th grade), and Emilee and Ethan (6th grade).

·         Scott and Meg Rambo are expecting a new baby, Benjamin, to arrive around September 13. Please pray for the last weeks of this pregnancy, for a healthy delivery, and for all of the family adjustments that come with this happy event.

Ongoing Prayer Requests for the Field:
  • Please continue to pray for the field housing situation.  With rent increases and more missionaries arriving, the need for affordable field housing continues to remain a need.
     
  • Please pray for the pastoral training program in 2010. The training syllabus is being updated and revised to a new discipleship/scriptural knowledge/leadership model.
     
  • The Africa Gospel Church will be going through a time of transition in 2010 as they will soon get their registration from the Uganda government. They will be learning how to govern themselves as well as how to budget the church's finances. This is a huge step in the life of the Africa Gospel Church.
     
  • Pray for the Community Health Empowerment ministry (CHE) that was launched last February. Pray that those involved in this ministry will be true servants of Jesus Christ and will help lead not only their local churches but also their communities toward transformation.
     
  • Please pray for the youth pastor’s training as well as a devotional book that is in the works for the youth who are away at school.
     
  • Please pray as we continue to look at new areas for outreach. New ministries have already begun in South Sudan. We are now looking at ministry opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and 5 strategic locations within Uganda.
     
  • Please pray that the Lord will provide 42 new missionaries in the next 10 years to meet the needs of the expanding ministries.
     
  • Please pray for the printing ministry that Kenneth and Delight Hopson are involved with. The print shop touches every area of ministry of WGM in Uganda.
     
  • Please pray for land to be purchased to build an Urban Center or to be able to purchase land with an existing building for multi-purpose ministries in Kampala.  This Urban Center would be a place for the 600 plus students from 11 African countries in the University Ministry. It would be a multi-purpose building for a church to reach professionals, a place to begin businesses or to rent out to other businesses to help fund the ministries of the church.
     
  • Please pray that God will provide the necessary resources to meet the needs within all of the ministry opportunities.
     
  • Please pray that we would all have the attitude of Christ, that we would keep Him the center focus of our lives, marriages, families, & ministries, and that we would be a light to Uganda.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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