written by Barb Schellhardt, Randi Jo Rooks, and Candice East / edited by Paula Hemphill
I'm so thankful to be able to partner with part of our prayer team this week to bring you, quite possibly, the most beautiful post of the year! As many of you are aware, the Vision Trip team is on their way to Rwanda to see the work in the field. They are charged with going, seeing, hearing, and sharing the stories of the people they meet there-- which is incredibly important to the work of World Vision and our small orange army. Those of us that remain have a job that is no less important. Our job is to cover them in prayer while they are on the journey. And when they return our job is to steward the stories they share with us well.
To prepare your hearts for this great task some of my dear friends on the prayer team have compiled a beautiful prayer guide for each day.
For extra credit, I encourage you to read the stories on pages 169-171 in He Walks Among Us by Rich and Renee Stearns.
DAY 1: Pray for the team as they travel to Rwanda
Haven't I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take. - Joshua 1:9 (MSG)
Dear Lord, we pray for the Vision Team as they head out on their journey to Rwanda. Thank you that you go before them, you walk alongside them, and you are their rear guard. Watch over and protect each one. Give them favor with flights that there will be no cancellations or delays and that their travel would be smooth. Give them peace and good rest and keep them healthy and strong. Prepare their hearts for the things they will experience. Lead them, Holy Spirit, into all that you have for them to see, feel, and understand. May they feel Your Presence with them every step of the way. Use them to be a blessing and to bring glory to Your name. In Jesus' name, Amen.
DAY 2: Prayer for the families of the team members at home
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. - Psalm 5:11-12
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray a hedge of protection around the Vision Team's family members who they have left behind. You know the concerns of each one - for spouses, for children, for ill and aging parents. Keep them healthy, safe, and happy. Give the team a peaceful focus that they won't be distracted by anything else going on back home. Set their minds on You and protect them and their families from the evil one. Help them to trust You, knowing that you hold them and their loved ones in the palm of Your hand. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
DAY 3: Pray for the staff of World Vision Rwanda
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9
Lord Jesus, we thank you so much for every World Vision staff member in Rwanda! We pray your blessing on them and that they would have confidence in you! Confidence that you will keep them committed, give them strength, give them discernment, energy and an overflow of love. We pray that each staff member would be sure to put their relationship with YOU above all else, so that your Springs of Living Water could flow through them on to all they come in contact with. We pray against any temptations that may come their way and pray they always have integrity and honesty and follow you every step of their ministry. Please help all of the World Vision Rwanda team work in total unity and this be a great testimony to how God’s children love each other despite differences. We pray for their families to be blessed by their work with World Vision. Let each staff member & volunteer be used, with humble hearts, to bring YOUR heart into their corner of the world!
DAY 4: Pray for the sponsored child visits
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. - Luke 2:19
Lord, Thank you for blessing those with the gift of meeting their sponsor child today. As they are introduced and spend time together Lord, we ask that you multiply their time together, that while in an unfamiliar place the team has Your peace. We pray that the children experience YOU through the Vision Team. We pray Lord that as you wrote in your word in Acts 1:8 that these are your witnesses Lord, even to the ends of the earth. As they spend time together may their relationship deepen and unbreakable bonds of friendship, love and trust form. That as Mary pondered the events following Jesus' birth in her heart that the sponsors and the children will ponder all of today's events in their hearts. Thank you Lord for this gift!! We lift up the translators, we ask that you strengthen them and reassure them that you have used the gifts you gave them for your purpose today. For the health of all who attend today's gatherings we pray for wellness, healing and strength. We ask all things in your name Lord Jesus, Amen.
DAY 5: Pray for the children and how WE can steward the stories of the people of Rwanda well
Lord – we pray your blessing on the children of Rwanda! Jesus, help them know your heart. With very act of compassion, let them feel your love and care, Lord. We pray the gospel takes hold in this country in unprecedented ways and that your name be made famous in the hearts of the Rwandan children!! Help them learn to love & trust the Bible, your words to us! Help them have the blessed assurance of your salvation & for your presence and love daily! We pray for World Vision to empower and build up beautiful local communities that these children can thrive in and see firsthand what your body on earth looks like locally. We pray for every child to be sponsored and that sponsorship would be effective and a blessing to all involved! For our leaders on this vision trip – Lord help them smile and love each child they come across and give them at least one special story to remember always in their hearts – a story they can pass along to our team and to their community. We thank you for the gift of children – we know they are precious to you! Help us learn from them and see your image in them!!!
DAY 6: Pray for the World Vision International staff
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight. – Prov 3:5-6
King Jesus – we thank you so much for World Vision International and each staff member. We pray, Lord, for their protection, their strength against temptation, and their confidence in you! Lord, help them trust & depend always in you and not their own understanding, ideas or strengths. Keep our leaders humble, Father, with hearts, minds, and spirits submitted completely to you. Help them always put YOU first Lord and seek you in every decision and every hour. We pray they would be FULL of your Spirit to be able to love in difficult situations, know your will, be able to make tough choices with peace, go against human understanding when necessary & have courageous trust in your faithfulness and sovereignty. Help WVI be a trustworthy & relationship focused vehicle for the local American Church to plug into --- to allow all your children to be part of what you are doing globally! We pray WVI would always uphold your Word, the world changing good news, and that you JESUS would always be the focus of WVI in all the ways they love and lead for you! With that focus, may there always be unity and may Jesus shine through the leaders in our organization!
DAY 7: Pray for the team as they travel home from Rwanda
Father thank you for this Vision trip. Thank you for all the team has experienced. Lord as they are traveling home we ask that they might have opportunities to be still and quiet with you to thank you and reflect on the trip. That you might prepare their hearts to come home to family and friends who have missed them and not experienced what they have. That you will provide rest for them today during their journey. That their eyes will be fixed on you as they travel home whether they have delays or travel on time, may they remember you are by their side and working all things out for their good. For every conversation and opportunity the Spirit prompts them to share about you and what you have done on this trip, Lord we thank you. We trust you in this and all things Lord. In Jesus name we pray Amen.
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.