Lord Jesus, You are great and mighty. You use ordinary people to accomplish your incredible work. I'm not sure why. But thank you for the opportunity to go to a mission field this next week to meet people you love and died for, to share the gospel you created, to live like you for a few short days-- Giving myself to something greater than me. Thinking of other people's needs instead of mine own. Talking about what really matters--You. Feeling uncomfortable in order to make someone else feel like they belong. This is your mission. And you call us to it every day. And Saturday, I'm going to answer it. (Click here to read "Why I leave my heart in other countries.") Oh, why don't I answer it every day, all day? Why don't I ache for the people of the world who don't know you and actually disrupt my life to reach them? I ask for your blessing and protection over my trip, yes. But mostly, I'm thinking I just want more of you.
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Lord God of the Universe, Thank you for loving us and dying for us. Thank you for using us to spread the gospel throughout the whole world. I pray right now for the missionaries in Costa Rica and the dear people they minister to. I pray for the girls and boys in the Child of Hope Schools, for them to come to believe and trust in Jesus. I pray for the after-school programs for the Chicas and Chicos, for these kids to find spiritual mentors and friends. I pray they would see a difference in their Christian leaders and learn to hope for a better, brighter future. I pray for you to protect these children from abuse, from drug and alcohol addiction. I pray they would finish school and find careers and most of all, answer your calling on their lives. I pray for the women we met there, that you would fill them with hope and courage. Provide for their physical and emotional needs. Protect them from abuse--may they be bold enough to stop it. Encourage them in their spiri