Pray With Us: Sharing Christ’s Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
‭‭~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a‬

When we think of February we think about love. There’s no greater love than our Savior. What does it mean that God is love? Love is an attribute of God. Love is a core aspect of God’s character, His Person. All of God’s attributes are in perfect harmony. Everything God does is loving, just as everything He does is just and right. God is the perfect example of true love.

Pray for those around you. We are called to show Christ’s love. We live in a broken world. People are hurting and angry and always putting other people down and that’s because they’re putting themselves down. They don’t feel good about themselves. Lift them up and share Christ’s love.

Sharing Christ’s love can be hard to some. Especially to those who are broken and have no hope. Here’s a few ways you can share Christ’s love: Encourage, Be a Servant, Smile and Show Kindness.

Pray With Us: Hope in the Lord

“Love the LORD, all his faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”
‭‭~ Psalm 31:23-24‬

So many times it feels like your simple perseverance in following Christ goes unnoticed. You quietly choose something in an act of obedience to the Lord, and you might feel alone in this decision or that the Lord doesn’t see this. Yet, this verse reminds us that He sees us and preserves those who are true to Him. The New Living Translation says, “the Lord protects those who are loyal to him.” We are protected, we are seen, we have hope.

As we kick off 2017, a year that is sure to bring a whirlwind of transition, let us take time to pray for strength and give praise for the hope we have in the Lord. Join us in praying for our leaders and those we serve this year. Below are some specific things we are praying over this month.

  • Pray for our country. With the inauguration of a new president last week, our country is not taking this new transition lightly. Our country is made up of people of all shapes and sizes, but the one thing that we all have in common is that we are loved by God (John 3:16). Pray for those hurting in our country, pray for unity and grace, pray that people would know they are loved.
  • Pray for our leaders. Regardless of who you voted for, our new president and the leaders in this country need your prayers. Mission U-Too staff and our volunteers also need your prayers as we lead those in our communities. Pray for pure hearts, gentleness, and wisdom for those that lead around you.
  • Pray for those in your communities. Your neighbor, the grocery store clerk, your best friend, those Mission U-Too serves. There are people hurting all around you. Take time to really see people and spend time praying for peace and that they would know and feel the nearness of God.

 

Pray With Us: The Reason for the Season

“And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his son.”
‭‭~ 1 John 5:11‬

Jesus is the reason for the season! What a promise He has given us. God gave us His son Jesus. What a great time to rejoice in the Lord and to show His unconditional love this Christmas season.

Let us encourage you to set aside time during the busy holiday season to get into the Word and meditate on the reason for the season, Christ’s birth. And share His love with others. Bring people the joy that you have in your heart by serving others and sharing the gospel.

Romans 6:23 says “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What a great gift we have been given. I pray this Christmas season that you are reminded of what Christ has done for you.

For so many that we serve this time of year it can be quite difficult as they struggle to provide for their families, so I ask that you join me in praying that they would set aside the struggles of this world and focus on the gift of salvation.

Pray that we would go forth and proclaim the truth that needs to be heard and received by the lost.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Thank you for your prayers this holiday season! Merry Christmas!

Pray With Us: Powerful Prayer

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.”
‭‭~James 5:16

Prayer is powerful! The church is made up of those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and have received eternal life. Now as a non-profit, Mission U-Too doesn’t consider itself a church, but a way to reach people who have not yet put their faith in Jesus. The church is referred to by Paul as “the bride of Christ” (Eph. 5:25-27, 2 Cor. 11:2).

What this means for Mission U-Too is that we are often a gateway for people to get involved in a local church. Many people that come to the different sites don’t know Jesus and view the church as an uncomfortable place to be. Please pray that God would continue using Mission U-Too as a place to win hearts to Jesus as well as getting them involved in a local church! This is why we continuously pray for multiple churches to be involved at each site. Different people connect to Jesus through different types of churches. But we are all part of the one true church as the bride of Christ and it’s so important for all of us to push into that at a local level.

Being connected to a church helps us grow and mature spiritually, more importantly teaches us how to have our own one on one time with Jesus. As such He reveals to us how to pray and what to pray for, and this is powerful (James 5:16). So this holiday season as many families come together, some joyous and some broken; Pray that your own spiritual walk would have an effect on those around you for God’s Kingdom. He desires everyone to become a part of His Church, therefore we need to continue praying that Mission U-Too as an organization and as individuals continues reaching as many people as possible for the glory of His Kingdom.

Pray With Us: Wrestling in Prayer

“Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.”
‭‭~ Colossians‬ ‭4:12‬

As Epaphras wrestled in prayer for the Colossians we ask that you would pray for us to fulfill our purpose and calling. We need intercessors, we need you to pray for us as we continue to reach the people that Jesus has called us to reach.

As you intercede in prayer for us this month, pray for us in the following areas:

  • Pray for our leadership teams, our staff, and our board. That God would protect us as we go out into our communities, meeting people where they are and sharing the Good News with them. Pray for wisdom and discernment in not only ministering to those we encounter, but also for where God has us going next. Pray for us as we grow and develop new leaders as we prepare to reach more people, communities, and states.
  • Pray for the people that show up to our sites each week. For their hearts to be softened and receptive to receiving the Gospel. Pray for their physical needs to be met as well as their social and emotional needs. Pray for those that are dealing with addiction, isolation, homelessness, hurt, and that they can find rest and salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for provision. As you know it takes time, money and resources to operate a ministry. God knows exactly what we need and we are trusting Him to provide for those needs. So we ask, that you pray for provision and that God’s will be done and that He would do far more than we could hope and imagine for His glory.

 

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Prayer Request: Michele & Adrian

by Christine Farquhar, Mission U-Too Bastrop North Site Coordinator

We are reaching out to the Mission U-Too community and asking for prayer for this Bastrop couple.

Michele has a rare form of brain cancer. About four months ago she had the tumor removed from her brain. Unfortunately, during this intensive surgery she had a stroke. Because of this she lost her speech and the ability to walk.

Michele’s husband, Adrian, has diligently served Michele for the past couple months, but he is struggling with depression and their difficult situation. And understandably so. He also has not been able to work because his wife needs full time care. They are currently homeless and have been staying in a hotel room, but are needing to find a permanent residence very soon. Adrian is also struggling with making right decisions. He said, “I continue to come every week because it’s the only positive influence I have.” I asked him this past week how his walk with Jesus is, and he replied that some days it’s good and others not so much.

Please pray for both Michele and Adrian, as she continues rehabilitation and as they seek out permanent housing. At Mission U-Too this past week she cried and cried with me as I held her in my arms and prayed for her. Pray for encouragement and that they would draw close to God during this difficult situation.

Tuesday Prayer

Prayer develops our relationship with God. If we never speak to our spouse or never listen to anything our spouse might have to say to us, our marriage relationship will quickly deteriorate. It is the same way with God. Prayer—communicating with God—helps us grow closer and more intimately connected with God.

PrayJohn 15:7 says “But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted!”

The Lord instructs us to pray. And on behalf of Mission U-Too we are asking you to pray for us!

On Tuesday’s at noon we ask that everyone says a prayer for Mission U-Too. Your prayer doesn’t have to be lengthy or in depth. In fact here is a list of a few things we need prayer for.

1. Pray for the people Mission U-Too is reaching. Each location is different and unique in it’s own way. In some locations we serve there is a lot of drug and or alcohol addicts. A few other locations we serve there are a lot of homeless people. And even other locations we serve there are single moms and many children. And some are even every class of people: upper, middle, and lower. Therefore we serve anyone and everyone who needs a meal or a simple conversation. Pray for their hearts to be changed, for addictions to be broken, for weak to become strong, and for salvation.

2. Be in prayer for our volunteers. Our volunteers help Mission U-Too fulfill our mission–Prayfeeding people physically and spiritually. Volunteering time after time, week after week can make you weary. Luke 18:1 says “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Pray our volunteers will remain strong and that Mission U-Too is a desire of their heart and not just a place they can boast about themselves. Pray for their words, their actions, and their deliverance in those they serve too.

3. Leadership for Mission U-Too. As Mission U-Too grows and more locations are being started in new communities, we have the need for more leadership roles. Pray for more leadership. Pray for discernment for new and old site coordinators and for their volunteer team. Pray for our board members, President, Founder and for the direction of Mission U-Too.

PrayEvery person that served with Mission U-Too is very important in helping us grow God’s kingdom. Never do we want anyone to go unnoticed for their volunteering. Mission U-Too is very blessed to have so many of you to serve along the side of us and for your support and prayers.

Again, pray for us every Tuesday at noon. Set a reminder on your calendar, on your phone, on your computer, in your daily planner or however you need to be reminded. Pray right where you are!

And be diligent in praying for us every Tuesday. Ephesians 6:18 says “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Allow the Holy Spirit to help you in prayer and allow Him to lead your prayers.

Thank you in advance.
Serving Christ,

Romans 8:26-27
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (NIV)

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Prayer for Jeff and Don

Jeff and Don are 2 middle aged men who have been homeless in Bastrop for several years. Jeff became homeless by getting himself in trouble with the law and he could never get back on his feet. Don lost his job a few years ago and he and his girlfriend lost their house and she became ill and needed to be put in a nursing home, which left Don stranded in Bastrop and on the streets. These two men have been best friends since the day they met and are both alcoholics.

Mission U-Too has been feeding Jeff and Don for 3 years. They come and get a hot meal and stay for the bible study every week. They both believe in say they believe in Jesus but are afraid to put their full trust in Him. Jeff shares stories with Jonah (Mission U-Too President), of what happens week by week. With the relationship that is being built with Jeff and Don, Jonah has been able to instill the gospel into Jeff’s heart. Not only have we been ministering to Jeff and Don about salvation, but also their addiction problem.

As the cold season has arrived in Texas early this year and the temperatures dipping down below 30’s in the evenings; makes it a cold night for us, who have a house and a nice warm bed let alone a cold ground to lay your head. Don had passed out one late afternoon while eating a warm bowl of soup at a nearby gas station. Jeff and the attendant thought Don was having a heart attack. It wasn’t a heart attack he was having a seizure because of a high fever. Don was rushed to a nearby hospital and then transported into Austin to a hospital that could care more for his needs and an overnight stay.

Don is still in the hospital today. We thought he was going to be able to be released Sunday 12/8/2013. Instead Don’s fever climbed again to a severe high fever that put him in ICU. Don is fighting pneumonia and needs your prayers. Doctors are running more blood work to see if they are missing another infection or something medically that could be wrong.

As Don is in the hospital Jeff has been all alone trying to keep warm. Jeff has been trying to find things to do to keep his mind off of his best friend who is fighting. Jeff has been going to the local church where we meet Monday’s to volunteer his time and to help Ms. Viola with an upcoming Christmas event at Primera Baptist Church. During this time of hardship, Ms. Viola has been speaking into Jeff’s heart.

Jeff is very vulnerable right now. Just like how we all can be during a time of sorrow and a depression stage because of the Holiday’s. Jeff is trying to stay sober and just a few days ago he was asked to join a rehab for alcoholics and his response was “I’m not ready.” Those of you who have dealt with addictions can relate to his comment. Jeff is slowly getting ready, and God is working miracles in Jeff’s heart. We are believing that Christ will grab a hold of him during this time of hardship and lead him to the path Jeff needs to be heading. Please friends, pray that Jeff will accept the offer of getting help and becoming a Christ believer as well as walking away from his addiction.

As believers in Christ we know we deal with trials and tribulations. We always want to know the reasoning of why me… Mission U-Too prayer warriors and volunteers are believing this could be the call from Christ. Sometimes it takes us to hit rock bottom before we can get picked back up again. Believe with us that this will be Jeff and Don’s turning point.

Merry Christmas and stay warm!

Pray for Bob

Bob is at Teen Challenge and could use our prayers that he can kick his addictions and stay on track.

Pray for Dean 5/25/12

Pray for Dean as he is trying to go though a recovery program for the 4th time. Pray that he will stick it out and that he will know that God has a plan for him.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  ~Jeremiah 29:11