Mission Devotional - September 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for those you have placed in our lives to nurture our faith and to give us guidance and direction; those who have been spiritual mothers and fathers to us. We are eternally grateful for them and recognize our great need for each of them. May we be a similar blessing to those in our lives and world today. Amen.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

Journal: Who have been those to serve a mothering and fathering role in your life of faith? How did they do that? How is God calling you to do the same?

Reflection: The perfect love of our heavenly Father includes as well as transcends all the love that a father and mother can have for their children. We may think about the two hands of God embracing us as a mother's hand and a father's hand: one caressing, consoling, and comforting; the other supporting, encouraging, and empowering. We too are called to be father and mother to those who want to come home. (Bread for the Journey by Henri J. M. Nouwen)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

We are providing prayer support for two families living in Creative Access countries who are "Tent Makers." Their work gives them access to the local population. Pray today for wisdom and safety for these two growing families.

World Mission Centre was established in 1989 in to awake a deeper understanding of world evangelization and to mobilize Christians at a local church level to heed the call of the Great Commission. The Live School seeks to train thousands of workers to join worldwide efforts to reach the unreached. Pray today for the World Mission Centre team and all who are receiving training through the Live School.

Closing Prayer: Thank you, O God, that the love with which you love us is always greater than the greatest loves we will ever know in this lifetime. Your love is unfailing, your love is unconditional, and your love is unending. Help us to know that love, which is beyond knowledge, that we might love those in our lives and our world with your love and not just our own. Amen.