Some Global Mission Partners are quite isolated from virtually all Christian spiritual resources. They may lack Christian books and periodicals and may have
few opportunities for fellowship with other mature Christians. Sometimes the only regular preaching they hear is their own. Here prayer is needed for the God to be at work within his servants to help them to continue to grow and mature in their walk with Him.
Relations with fellow missionaries
Some of our Global Mission Partners are part
of a major outreach, living
in compounds with fellow missionaries from many different countries, denominations and mission organisations. The chances for personality clashes and other disagreements are many. Pray for mutual encouragement between the missionaries and contentment in their individual roles.
The intensity of mission life
can place immense pressure
on family relations, including marriages, with little opportunity for counseling or similar support. This can be aggravated by the fact that missionaries are often expected to be role models within their communities. Pray for God’s love and peace to be displayed in and through missionaries’ relationships both within their families and in their communities.
Relations with home organisations
Some Global Mission Partners feel under pressure from supporters or administrators at home to “succeed”, by winning many converts or achieving some
other kind of measurable goal. The pressure may be real or imagined, but can lead to tension, frustration, burn-out and even a spiritual crisis, as some missionaries start to question their service of God. Pray for guidance in their ministries that they would feel secure in God’s wisdom leading them in their work.
A common problem, along
with culture shock. It can be aggravated for those Global Mission Partners who have sent their children elsewhere for their education. Remember these Global Mission Partners in prayer as they face some of the trials of their work so far from home.
Living conditions can be quite rough in many locations, with only crude sanitation and medical facilities. Prayer is needed here for God’s protection and healing hand at work in these contexts.