This is Maryanne…every year I spend time preparing to send out our Mission teams-it is such a privilege to walk alongside these people that God invites to join Him on mission and to see what He has in store for them! Today I was reflecting on some of the prayers we had as a team for Panama, and wanted to share that with you.
While we were in Gretna at Orientation we spent some time talking about praying for the nations...the people groups of the world and asking God what verses and pictures He wanted to give us as we interceded on behalf of the Wounaan and others. We sat outside with our big poster board and Nicole wrote down words, phrases and verses as we prayed these things out over the people and places the team would soon go. (picture above)
Many of the verses God gave us as we prayed were about His victory and His armor as our protection. We prayed that God’s name would be proclaimed through the team and that His faithfulness would be evident in all. Eph 1. We prayed for healing and that we would be able to speak fearlessly as a team Eph 6:19. We claimed Isaiah 61:1-3 …that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord would use the team to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the Lords favor , to comfort all those who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. It is great to know that while the team was in Platanares God gave them opportunity to do just what these verses say…to comfort those who mourn and to walk alongside those that were grieving the death of a community leader. I can’t wait to hear what other prayers God has been answering through the team. He is faithful!
Prayer Walk in Yaviza
Yesterday the team shared with me that they were going on a prayer walk around the community of Yaviza…a small town in the Darien, at the end of the PanAmerican highway, where Einer and Girlesa live. Yaviza is a town in great need of hope and purpose. I look forward to hearing what prayers God gave the team this year for this town and the people that Einer and Girlesa rub shoulders with each week. God has planted the MB IEU Camp Property in this community for a purpose- for the Wounaan who come from various villages down river and for the people of different ethnic backgrounds and needs that live in Yaviza or pass through.
“May they be a light on a hill that cannot be easily hidden and may nations come to their light. ” Isaiah 60:1-3
Thanks for joining in with prayers God is giving you for the Wounaan, for Yaviza, for the missionary families and for the team as they continue their time in Panama this week! We’d love to hear what He has been leading you to pray.
posted by Maryanne