As many of you know, Lord willing, I’ll be leaving this Friday, November 1, for Athens, Greece, with an organization called Training Leaders International. Six of us from the United States are on the team.
When we get to Athens, we will be working with pastors and church leaders from that part of the world, providing them with theological education. I’ll be working with the Arabic-speaking group.
Here are my specific prayer requests:
First, please continue to pray for my preparation. I’m so humbled to have the opportunity to meet and serve these men from around the world. Pray that I serve them well. “Pray for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ…” (Colossians 4:3)
Second, pray for safe and easy travels for all who are headed to Athens. Pray that luggage is not lost, that connections are made, and that rest is found along the way. Ultimately, pray that we arrive refreshed and prepared for ministry. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Third, pray for the students who will be in my class. Their names are:
- Abdeen (translator)
Four of these men are from Sudan, two are from Egypt, and one is of an undisclosed nationality. “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
Fourth, pray for their churches and families while they are away. These men are sacrificing in order to participate in these classes, and their families are, as well. Remember their wives, children, and congregations.”He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.” (Psalm 145:19)
Fifth, pray for me as I preach to an Arabic-speaking congregation in Athens at their worship service during the weekend of Nov. 9-10. “Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
Sixth, pray for my family, friends, and church family while I am away. “My brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.” (Philippians 4:1) “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
Words cannot express how incredibly humbled and grateful I feel as I look toward this trip. Thank you so much, all who have supported and enabled me to go. Truly you are “fellow workers for the truth.” (3 John 8)
To him be glory forever. Amen.