Wednesday, December 3

My spot

Over the past months here in the USA, we have traveled, visited, eaten great food, seen beautiful country, met wonderful people, and had many wonderful experiences. But of all the places, my favorite has been right in our back yard in Bulverde, Texas.

"My spot" is located about 100 feet behind the mission house where we are staying. Our "home away from home" is located on the top of a hill on about 11 acres of land. Trees are everywhere. To be able to sit under their shade, under clear blue skies, feel the cool breezes whispering through the branches, and spend time with the Lord is about the closest thing I have gotten a Garden of Eden experience in many years.

We are very grateful to the Lord for providing this beautiful place to rest, recharge, reflect, and prepare ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually to return to the mission field. This has been a good time for all our family. We are thankful for the Bulverde Baptist Church graciously providing us this wonderful place to stay while we are here in the USA.

In S. Baptist life, the week of Nov.30-Dec.7 is observed as the Week of Prayer for International Missions. In all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season upon us, I would invite you to find your own special "spot" and pray for a world in need of the Savior. There are plenty of resources available to help you and your church intercede for international missions.

Don't know where to start? Try clicking one of the links above, or just start praying for missionaries along any of the following lines from a site found here.


Specifics to pray for missionaries:


Health and safety objectives

* Protection for the missionaries from accidents, crime, natural disasters

* Protection for the missionaries from sickness

* That missionaries will find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise

* That missionaries' food and water needs will be met


Spiritual watch care objectives

* Times of intimacy for missionaries with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship

* Shielding for the missionaries from dark forces in spiritual realms

* Preservation for missionaries from discouragement, fear, and doubt

* That missionaries will demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, a teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit


Teamwork objectives

* That teams of missionaries will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts

* That missionaries will resist temptations toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride

* That missionaries will be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy. [ more on culture shock ]

* For missionaries to have wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that they will be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in their chosen land.


BLESS -- an acronym to guide your prayer for missionaries or a people group

B - Body
Pray for physical health and nutrition.

L - Labor.
Pray for their work.

E - Emotions.
Pray for emotional health and well-being of the missionary or people group.

S - Social.
Pray for their social relations, their families and extended families.

S - Spiritual.
Pray for their spiritual condition.

If you took a moment to pray, would you be so kind to drop us a note in the comments? We would like to return the favor, so please mention something we can pray for you...and thanks!

10 comments:

debbiekaufman said...

Guy: I am and will be praying for you. I also enjoyed the two posts you did on Lottie Moon and the Lottie Moon offering. I admire her very much.

How much longer will you be in the states?

GuyMuse said...

Debbie,

Thanks. Lord willing, we will be returning Jan/09. Is there anything I might pray for you in return for your praying for us?

Les Puryear said...

Guy,

Thanks for the prayer guide. Everyone at Lewisville Baptist Church is praying for you.

BTW, we'd like to do a vision trip in Feb. '09. Would you email me with what we need to do?

Thanks.

Les

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Excellent, Guy. Simply excellent.

GuyMuse said...

Kevin,

Gracias mi hermano. I pray for you down there SWISA that God would fill you with his joy, peace, and grace, and bless your life and ministry.

GuyMuse said...

Les,

Thanks for praying. The whole church? Wow! I was so impressed with the LBC the Sunday I was there. You pastor a great bunch of folks.

I'll write you separately about coming in Feb/09.

Manuel said...

Guido,
Looks like a wonderful "SPOT!" We all need one just like it, I still miss mine by the Orchids in our Guayaquil house. May God prepare your return for even a more fulfilling time of ministry and family back in GYE. Blessings,
Manuel

GuyMuse said...

Manuel,

Thanks for stopping by. I am going to really miss "my spot" when we go back. It has been such a blessing. Linda and I are talking about where we might make our "spot" there in GYQ.

Strider said...

I have prayed for you Guy. We are back on the field now- as of yesterday! The ways you have suggested for people to pray for M's is very excellent. Thanks.

GuyMuse said...

Strider,

I have been keeping up with you via your blog. As you readjust to your current circumstances, my prayer for you is that God would B.L.E.S.S. you and your family.