On Friday February 9, 2017, I’ll be returning to the World Reach Ministry Centre in Kenya, following up on the first mission trip I took after beginning this blog. I’ll be returning from the trip 9 days later on the 18th. Prayer is such an essential part of missions, and so as I usually do, I’d like to share with those who read this blog some of the things I’m praying about for each day of this journey. Would you join me in these prayers? Below are the goals of this trip, and my prayer requests, one for each day.
Ministry Goal: to bring back video and photography for the purposes of creating a promotional video for World Reach’s Bible Institutes, as well as for other World Reach Orphanage and Clinic ministry fundraisers and projects.
Spiritual Goal: to encourage the pastors, children, and staff at the Kenya ministries through our fellowship, and work to serve them in any way we can.
June 9, 2017
Pray for Bruce and my travels to the airport in Atlanta from Birmingham, and for our smooth and safe connection through Istanbul. Also, pray for God to open doors in our random encounters during our travels with people from around the world for Gospel-sharing, and encouragement.
June 10, 2017
Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the children at the World Reach Orphanage in Kenya for our arrival, that they would receive us with joy and anticipation. Pray for opportunities for us to encourage and show Christ’s love to them, and help them grow in their faith. Also pray for World Reach – Kenya Director David Magiri’s preparation for our arrival, and for our driver Patrick’s safe travels to pick us up from the airport.
June 11, 2017
Pray for God to prepare the hearts and minds of the students Bruce will be teaching for an intense week of study. As they anticipate their graduation, let them not lose focus on the task at hand, and faithfully pursue the wisdom God is offering them through Bruce’s teachings in their final class at the World Reach Bible Institute. Bruce will have to teach a course that typically takes five days in four days so that graduation can be on Friday, so focus, awareness, flexibility, patience, and enthusiasm for the content will be required from Bruce and the students.
June 12, 2017
Pray for Bruce, that when he awakens this morning, God gives him confidence in his preparation for this class, and that throughout today God speaks through Bruce to his students. Pray that God gives us both awake and aware minds (jet lag mercies!) as we spend the first day at the World Reach Centre in Kenya after the long journey from the United States.
June 13, 2017
Pray for my time with the kids at the Orphanage in Kenya, that it would be a time of joy and encouragement for them, and our bond would grow stronger, and that in the short time I have with them, God would use me to help drive them to His will in their lives. Also, pray that God would guide my ears to stories that would inspire prayer in the hearts of those who love and support the children in the United States, and my eye camera to glimpses of their life that would give people around the world a glimpse into what God is doing in and through these wonderful kiddos in Kenya.
Also pray for my interviews with the students at the Bible Institute throughout the week, that they would share with enthusiasm their story and how the Bible Institute has made a difference in their lives, so that we can raise prayer and financial support for new students around the world to attain this experience.
June 14, 2017
Pray for the widows that meet for fellowship, prayer and encouragement at the World Reach Centre in Kenya. Pray for consistent provision for them of all of their needs, and that they continually recognize God as their Provider. These women are faithful prayer warriors, and despite their needs, they would be the first to ask you how they can pray for you! Click here to read the article I wrote about them in 2015.
Pray for Janette Magiri, as she leads them in their Bible study and prayer, and while you’re doing that, prayers for Janette’s role as head housemother at the Orphanage and head of administration at the Centre in Kenya would be greatly appreciated! Janette is a hard worker, a wise wife and mother, and a faithful follower of Christ.
June 15, 2017
Alright, crunch time! This is the final day for Bruce and the students to finish their course. Pray BIG that they can get through all of the content, and not just fly through, but that even in the shortened amount of time they have they receive every drop of wisdom through their studies. Pray that excitement for the next days’ festivities don’t distract from the truths that Bruce speaks in his teachings, and the focus the students show as they display their understanding through exams.
June 16, 2017
“9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:9-11
Today, after two years of hard work, time away from family and community, and passionate pursuit of wisdom and growth in their walk with Christ, the students of the World Reach Bible Institute in Kenya will graduate. Pray for them, that when they return to their families, churches, and communities, God would keep the wisdom they gained held close to their minds and hearts, that they would share generously and that God through them would spread the Gospel across Africa and strengthen the Church in Kenya. Pray Philippians 1:9-11 over them.
June 17, 2017
Pray for our time at the Muthetheni Clinic, that we may be an encouragement to their staff, and that in the few hours we have there, we can get the material to document their story through video, photography, and writing, to share with our friends around the world to show what God’s doing, and what is possible in the future through the Muthetheni Clinic ministry.
June 18, 2017
Pray for our safe travels, especially for when we get back to Atlanta at approx. 7:40 PM at night. It’s likely that we will be driving from Atlanta back to Birmingham that night, so pray that we would be awake and aware for the drive if we have to do that.
Pray that this trip would have a meaningful, encouraging and fruitful impact on everyone involved, including the students that Bruce taught. Including the children. Including the widows. Including the people that will hear stories of and see glimpses of these ministries through our documentation during the trip. Including the friends, family, and supporters praying for us. Including us. Including you.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m impressed! haha Thank you so much for any prayer you offer in support of Bruce and my ministry this week. May God bless you and keep you throughout the week we’re gone.
Michael (The Missions & Media Guy)