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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to wait for you with confidence - both this day and this season - knowing that we will indeed see your goodness in the land of the living, no matter what our current circumstances may be. Help us to be strong, to take heart, and to wait for you, O Lord. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 27:11-14

Journal: Where do you need God to give you strength in your waiting? Where do you need him to give you patience? How do you need him to help you "take heart?"

Reflection: Our spiritual life depends on his perpetual coming to us, far more than on our going to him. Every time a channel is made for him he comes; every time our hearts are open to him he enters, bringing a fresh gift of his very life, and on that life we depend. We should think of the whole power and splendor of God as always pressing in upon our small souls. - Evelyn Underhill

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

J & M have begun their fourth year of serving in Creative Access using the platform of micro finance lending to engage in church planting with holistic development. They have sought to be deeply immersed in the language and culture and continue their work with a micro finance company. Pray for this family as they have recently returned to the country where they serve with their new son.

The focus of Navigators International at UT Knoxville is the over 1,000 international students at the University of Tennessee who come from 100+ nations. Spouses and family networks back home multiply the potential for the gospel to spread. Navigator's mission is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom to the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. Pray today for the leaders of this ministry and the students as they wrap up the Fall semester and prepare for the Spring.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, my God, I am confident I will see your goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord, O my soul. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14, NLT)