With all of the loose ends clamoring for my attention over the past few days, it was hard to give the trip itself much thought. So much time and energy was being put into taking care of things on the home front, preparing and reviewing curriculum for the trip, and packing for an area of the world that I’ve never been to, that very little thought had been given to the trip itself.
Well, I am an hour away from getting on a plane headed to Dhaka, Bangaldesh (via Hong Kong) and that which felt surreal yesterday is starting to settle in as quite real. And as that reality starts to settle in, I realize how grateful to God I am for all of the people who have been and are praying for us, for this trip, and for my family back at home. In all my busyness, you too have been busy. Busy on your knees before the throne of our Heavenly Father interceding on our behalf. Thank you!
Pray that God would soften our hearts to the lessons He has prepared for us. Yes, we are going to serve, minister to, and encourage pastors and church leaders in Bangladesh and India, but we all know how this whole deal works. We know that ultimately we are the ones who will come back changed, challenged, stretched, and encouraged. So please pray that our hearts would be like soft clay in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
Pray that God would grant the pastors and church leaders spiritual, mental, and physical strength and stamina. Many of these men travel over six or seven hours to get to the trainings in less than ideal conditions. And, the trainings themselves are long and intense. There is not only a great deal of information given, but there are old paradigms and ways of doing things that are challenged. Please pray that God would grant these men the strength they need to learn and be changed by our time together.
Finally, pray that God would sustain us especially for our training in Dhaka. After a full day of travel to Hong Kong, we’ll spend 12 hours out and about in Hong Kong, hop on another 4-hour flight to Dhaka, have one evening to try to settle in to a completely new place, and then hit the ground at full speed on Tuesday morning. We will all be assimilating to a different time zone, to a different city, to different foods, and we will all be getting to know one another. On top of that, we will be welcoming in several new students in Dhaka who didn’t go through the first training in the spring. It will be very easy to get overwhelmed, to feel lost, and to feel physically/mentally/emotionally exhausted. Please pray that God would sustain us by His great grace.
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:2-3