Today we join in prayer for expats. Expats are those residing outside of their home country and happen to be the bulk of our church planters and those our churches reach.
For Our Church Planters
In addition to the huge undertaking of planting a new church, our church planters deal with the normal difficulties of adjusting to life as expats. They leave behind family and friends to make a life in a place that is wholly different than “home”. They face adjustments in standards of living, housing standards , food availability, culture, and more. They can often feel lonely and overwhelmed.
Pray that against attacks of the enemy. Pray for a deep sense of home and rest in the Holy Spirit whether they are just arriving to their new country or they have been their for years. Pray they would find companionship in those within and outside their churches.
For Our Church Attendees
Our churches reach students, military, and traveling business people, as well as those living abroad for other reasons. They are united by their common ability to speak English and their experiences as expats. Our English speaking international churches can be a safe harbor in the midst of a life that can be stressful and filled with transitions. For many, it is their first opportunity to hear the gospel and worship without fear of persecution.
Pray that God would continue to draw these expats to Himself and to be a part of our church plants. Pray they would find community, support one another, grow in faith, and reach out to their family and friends with their new found hope in the gospel.
This post is part of our 31 Days of Prayer series.
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