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The power of prayer on mission trips

So far, I’ve shared on the importance of prayer on a mission trip and how to pray on a mission trip. Now, here are two stories of the power of prayer on mission trips:   Adam was sponsored by a family in his church to participate in his youth group’s annual spring-break missions tr…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
So far, I’ve shared on the importance of prayer on a mission trip and how to pray on a mission trip. Now, here are two stories of the power of prayer on mission trips:
 
Adam was sponsored by a family in his church to participate in his
youth group’s annual spring-break missions trip.  He had gone the year
before, not long after leaving behind a neo-nazi, skinhead lifestyle
for a new-found faith in Christ.

   
The driver of the truck in which Adam traveled called on him to pray,
asking the Lord for a smooth crossing. He prayed.  “Great, if we don’t
get across it’s my fault,” he was quick to comment.  But they did get
across, without one vehicle getting stopped.
   
Throughout the week, Adam encountered situations requiring his
prayers.  He prayed, and a mis-directed van was located.  He prayed,
and a much-needed ladder came on the next truck. 

The family at Adam’s worksite slept under a roof held down by trash and
rock filled tin cans.  The oldest child, aged 14, was responsible for
her six younger brothers and sisters.  The parents were gone in the
mornings before the team arrived, and didn’t come home until long after
they left in the evenings. 

About mid-week, the team began praying that the parents would come
home, even if just for an hour one afternoon to give the kids
permission to go to Vacation Bible School.  They didn’t come and didn’t
come.
   
Then, on the morning of the last day, the parents were home when the
team arrived.  In that one day, through the witness of Adam’s team, the
children were taken to VBS, and both parents came to know Christ.
   
It wasn’t surprising when Adam stood up during the time of sharing at
the end of the trip and shared the work God had been doing in his heart.
   
“For the first time last night I really had a talk with God,” he said.
“I committed my life to him in a different way than before.”
   
For Adam, God became a God of miracles; a God not only of grace,
forgiveness and salvation, but someone who is waiting to affect the
little practical details of his life.
   
As the Adams in your group are asked to step out in faith and see that
God is there waiting to catch them, they’ll trust Him more.  As they
pray for one another, they’ll experience what Lori felt when she needed
prayer and was able to count on her teammates.
   
Lori had been having a difficult time
communicating the gospel to the woman her door-to-door team had
approached. She was really starting to get frustrated when she noticed
the three guys on her team had wandered out of the yard and down the
street a ways.

As she was just about to quit trying, suddenly the woman’s face lit up
and she told Lori, through a translator, that she understood. The rest
of their conversation was easy and comfortable for Lori, and at the end
she led the woman in a prayer acknowledging Jesus as her Savior.
   
Lori ran back to Ryan, Joe and Andrew and told them her news.
   
“At first she just wasn’t getting it,” she explained, “And then all of a sudden it was like talking to a different person!”
   
The guys were floored.  They had walked away to pray at just the time Lori began to connect with the woman.

Comments (3)

  • be it prayer on the field in the nations or right here at home, it’s awesome to experience the power of prayer. in the past 3 weeks, my tribe of friends here at home has been experiencing years & years worth of prayers. it’s not coincidental that we’ve all had local & international missions experiences that have revealed the power, tenderness & provision of God thru prayer (among other things). it’s critical that we don’t forget to pack those transformational prayer experiences deep into our heart when we pack our bags to come “home”.

  • oops! one small edit: “…has been experiencing years & years worth of prayers ANSWERED. it’s not coincidental…”

  • Im in Guatemala right now and continually encounter Pedro. He is severly handicapped, mentally disabled etc…

    Jesus Christ is powerful and has healed. He is also the same today as He has been in the past. On top of that He abides in Me today, so I should be able to tap into his healing power.

    Please pray for Pedros healing as I encounter and pray for him daily.

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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