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

Bastrop Prayer Board, 4/30/12

 

Bastrop Prayer Board, 4/10/12

Bastrop Prayer Board, 4/2/12

Bastrop Prayer Board, 2/27/12