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Vision 2024 Prayer Letter - 5/24/2020

May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020

Dear Sister or Brother in Christ,

Thank you for continuing to pray for our church as we steadily make our way toward the year 2024 when our church will turn 100 years old.

Please pray for great wisdom and patience as we navigate the quickly changing environment of reopening our church building. In so many ways, we are in uncharted waters. James 1:5 urges us “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Pray for not only our church leaders and our Reopening Strategy Task Force but also for the leaders of MN and our nation. Pray for some kind of consensus and alignment that will help us all move forward, together and safely.

Praise God that our Sunday morning livestream continues to steadily improve and continues to help our Church Family stay connected during this unpredicted time. Pray that we will continue to reach out to one another each week in various ways so that we can care for one another. Pray for creativity and diligence as this time of physical distancing and sheltering continues to drag on to varying degrees. Pray also for the summer ministries being planned out for children, youth, and adults. Pray that we will all receive effective and meaningful discipleship despite the limits and challenges we are currently facing. Please also pray for the upcoming sermon on Romans 13:1-7 as well as the summer series on Proverbs. May God’s Word bring us the direction and encouragement that we need.

Please continue to pray for our local community and our world during this COVID-19 Pandemic. May God help us to not panic or surrender to fear. Pray that each one of us will wisely and respectfully make the appropriate behavior changes. May we humbly put others above ourselves. Philippians 2:3-5 reminds us, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

Pray for our various Global Partners in our prayer flipbook. Pray in particular for those individuals and programs in India and BD. Pray for the children sponsored through Global Fingerprints. Pray for meaningful relief efforts for the millions who were impacted and displaced by Cyclone Amphan. As you continue to pray through our flipbook, please keep lifting up our Global Partners and their various ministries to multiple people groups and languages. Pray that they can effectively overcome the potential barriers of culture and language. May the gospel thrive in each one of these areas. Praise God for those who are faithfully serving Him here and abroad! May we all proclaim the truth of Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

Please pray for those who are continuing to feel the economic squeeze from the various shut downs and sheltering recommendations. Pray for effective direction of funds through our church’s Benevolence Fund as well as other sources. Pray that we will love our neighbors well and gain specific insights in how to best serve them. Pray also for believers, churches, and ministries around the world that may be experiencing current financial shortfalls. Pray that we will be able to learn about these and quickly send the needed relief. Praise God for recent strong giving to our church’s General Ministry Fund. Pray that our Trustees will continue to have great wisdom and stewardship as we move into the summer months.

Same as last month, please continue to pray for God’s provision and for creative solutions to serve those who are suffering from isolation and loneliness. Pray that mental health workers, pastors, etc. will find ways to serve people effectively even with the 6-foot separation rules in place. Pray that all of us will take regular breaks from the steady stream of news coverage and social media buzz. Pray that we will be able to go about our daily business and responsibilities to take care of our homes and get our jobs done either remotely or onsite as needed. Pray for unemployment, paid time off, and other compensation arrangements to meet people’s needs for food, shelter, and other resources. Pray that people will not abuse these benefits. Pray that sick people will stay home, get rest, and get better. Pray that scammers and those preying on the vulnerable will be brought to justice and stopped before they hurt others.

Once again, also continue praying for our staff and volunteers as we learn the ins and outs of new technologies, software, and social media platforms. May all of these capabilities be maximized to bring God glory, to build up His Church, and to expand His Kingdom. Pray for creative and effective ministry strategies for each generation.

Pray that God will continue to use these unique times to prune us. In John 15:1-2, Jesus reminds us, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” Pray that we will embrace this time of pruning. As individuals, may the testing of our faith prove it genuine and strengthen our faith to become even stronger. Pray also, that as a Church Family, this time of physical distancing will cause us to cherish meaningful Christian fellowship all the more. Once we are able to gather together again in our building, pray that we will make the most of it and never take it for granted. May God prune us toward deeper love for one another.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, thank you for your faithful prayers!

Together in Christ, 

Pastor Jerry

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