Pray for the Global Church
There are many countries where people don’t get to experience the same religious freedoms we have here in the United States. It’s hard to imagine not being allowed to worship together on the weekends, post tweets about your friends getting baptized, or just read the Bible. But, in many countries, that’s reality. Hundreds of churches are destroyed and just as many Christians are killed for their faith each month around the world. And although we may not talk about them very often due to the persecution they might face, Southland partners with multiple ministries that impact countries like this.
We partner with ministries like TCM in Austria—an organization that teaches and helps raise up Christian leaders to go back and share the Gospel in their home countries. We also partner with organizations like Sonlight Academy in Haiti that focus on strengthening the Global Church. Each weekend, more than 10% of everything you give gets invested into our local outreach ministries and these global ministry partners. While we support these ministries financially, however, there’s a much greater need many of them have—our support in prayer.
Every single letter that Paul wrote to the churches he helped raise up included verses referencing how much he was praying for them. And, in the same way, we need to be praying for the teachers, students, pastors, and church leaders at our partner ministries, many of whom will face persecution for their faith.
Each Monday for the rest of this year, we’re challenging everyone at Southland to be praying for the persecuted church and, specifically, our global ministry partners. There are two ways you can be praying:
- This weekend, each program had the name of a specific person to pray for from one of our partner ministries. Although many of the students from these ministries asked to be represented anonymously, each tear-off in the program this weekend represents a real person. Put that card somewhere you'll see it each Monday and be reminded to pray for that individual.
Pray each Monday for one of the specific requests listed below:
- Pray for the health of our global partners.
- Pray for safety.
- Pray for their faith.
- Pray for endurance and strength.
- Pray for the persecutors, that they may know the goodness and salvation of Jesus Christ.
Would you help us unite as a church and pray for these ministries and the people they serve? Set a reminder on your phone, create a calendar event, or stick a Post-It on your computer screen—whatever you need to do to remind you to pray each Monday!