Let us concentrate on this over the next 3 weeks, both at home and at church prayer times;
Mobilizing a 3 Week Prayer Team
RE: Philippines Mission Team Leaving Today for 3 Weeks
The Lord has put together a marvelous mission team that is flying today to the Philippines for 3 weeks to share the gospel of the love of Christ, and to provide aid and relief, as they set up a medical relief station there, and do whatever they find to do. This team is gathered from sister churches from Cornerstone Fellowship in Denver, Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Grace Community Church in Corpus Christi, and a church in Mexico.
The team consists of 7 people– Jeremy Vuolo, John and Judy Sytsma, Sarah Wynter, Dan Sem, Matt Wilkinson, and Sam Pitrone. These brethren are wonderful and solid believers, composing a team of veteran missionaries, true pastors and evangelists, medically-trained people, and genuine servants of Christ.
The team’s heart cry is “Help us by prayer” from 2 Corinthians 1:11 – “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us in answer to many prayers.” This is a theme verse for our official prayer effort over the next 3 weeks for them.
We are asking you to “help us in prayer on their behalf”, as 2 Cor. 1:11 says. We want to see the Lord, beginning today over the next 3 weeks, organize a movement of prayer on their behalf. The devastation, need, and opportunities before them over the next 3 weeks will be overwhelming and monumental, and they will need all the grace, strength, preservation, and divine help possible.
You don’t have to respond to this. All you need to do is to be a part of this 3 week prayer team with us, to stop and pray, really pray, for the team each day, sometime during your day or evening; take several minutes (even if it is only 2-3 minutes) and focus on them in prayer, praying 2 Cor. 1:11 for them, that they will be helped by us in prayer. We can’t go, but we can pray and God will give them help and grant blessing, according to this verse.
Here is also part of an email from one of the team, asking specifically for prayer for them and how to pray–
” [We] will be leaving for the Philippines early tomorrow morning (Tues., Nov. 19) for three weeks (return scheduled for Dec. 10), traveling with a team comprised of members from sister churches from San Antonio, Denver, Corpus Christi, and Mexico.
We will be flying into Manila, which was relatively unaffected by the storm, and connecting with some believers there before heading into the more desolated areas.
If I could please ask you to enter into prayer over the course of these next weeks for several things:
1) For the Lord’s protecting hand to be over myself [Jeremy Vuolo] , John and Judy Sytsma, Sarah Wynter, Dan Sem, Matt Wilkinson, and Sam Pitrone.
2) That the Lord would see fit to use us as vessels of mercy to demonstrate the love of Christ in our compassion, sacrifice, and mercy.
3) Please pray that the Gospel would go forth in boldness by the power of the Holy Spirit to save lost and needy souls. Christ’s words in Revelation 3:17 illustrate to us that our true state, no matter how poor or rich our bodies and bank accounts, is one of utter poverty. This world is in desperate need of salvation so please pray that God would see fit to use us as His means of bringing the beautiful news of the Gospel! ”
I am suggesting that, in addition to general prayers, we take some of the prayers of Paul and pray these for the team–
Col. 1:9-11; 4:12
1 Thess. 3:12-13
We can pray at our evening meal time, evening or morning devotions, or call a praying friend and pray for this team together over the phone.
It is a privilege for this team to go to the Philippines, and it is a privilege and real opportunity to stay here and be a prayer team for them. Would you join our church and others in being a part of the praying ones back home for this 3 week Philippines mission?
Again, just choose a time daily, whether alone or with another person, and lift up the team by names and their day and events, and also ask your church leaders if your church could pray at their regular meetings every service over the next 3 weeks.
– Ask yourself to stop and pray daily
– Ask your mate
– Ask your children
– Ask a friend
– Ask your church
The Philippines is 14 hours ahead of Texas time (CST), so Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm is 10:00 am Thursday morning there. That would be the perfect time, to pray for the team, as they will have their new day beginning. But regardless of the time you pray, please just stop and pray.
You obviously are encouraged to pass this on to other true brethren who would take it seriously. Christians are praying in a general way for the Philippines in these days, but this is a specific team going for a specific period of 3 weeks who need our prayers.
So, as the apostle Paul says in 2 Cor. 1, we desire this mission team to be able to say, “You also join in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the blessing granted on us through the prayers of many.” (1:11)
There is a website especially set up for this trip and other international relief ministry, www.thirstyground.org — Though I am not soliciting donations for them, financial giving is available through this secure site for the financial needs involved and updates at times you can read over the next 3 weeks.
Beginning today, 3 weeks of prayer for this team– what a way we can partner with them and fulfill 2 Cor. 1:11! Join us please in prayer until December 11th and follow them at www.thirstyground.org
– Mack Tomlinson