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21January2015

Prayer Notes

PRAY & PRAISE

  • Pray for YFC staff in Malawi who are dealing with extreme flooding.  A recent picture from them shows a father, waist deep in water, carrying his daughter through the living room to get her out of the house.  The offices and everything in them are totally damaged and lost.
  • Pray for teenagers in the news in Niger. More and more young women are succumbing to the terrorist lifestyle as an identity; pray that YFC would have the privilege of showing them that they are loved by God.  Also, even when the Church is under attack, teenagers are standing for what is right and truthful. A letter from ministry leaders in Niger reports that, “the youth of the church kept the protesters away.” These young people risked their lives to stand!
  • Pray for the health of our staff around the world.  As many may know, Jean-Baptiste Mugarura has asked us to keep praying for his precious wife, Marina.  At the same time, he is also struggling personally with some health issues. Please pray for strength and even access to good medical care.

Verse

Josua 11:23, 13:1, 15:18,19

Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses. And the land had rest from war.
The Lord said to him, “Joshua, you are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.”
A conversation between a father and daughter, Caleb and Achsah. . .  And she got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And he gave her the upper and lower springs.

Nugget

For 70 years, Youth for Christ has been taking down strongholds, repossessing generational land, redeeming teenagers globally.  There are pockets and testimonies in which the “land has had rest from war.” But, there is still so much to be done. When Joshua and Caleb are challenged by God about being “old”, they hand off the battle to a younger generation with a question, “What do you want?”

Are we asking? Are we listening? YFC senior leaders have led well, ensuring that every succession plan is inextricably wedded to The Mission.  And, what “springs” are we giving our Young Leaders? The upper spring of the Word of God, the lower spring of sustenance through prayer.  Even though YFC is old and advanced in years, our strength is in our generational equity, our hope is in the Lord who keeps calling THIS generation into His service.

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