According to God’s will and Spirit, Team Expansion’s main overarching goal is to see 24 disciple-making movements ignited among unreached people groups by the year 2024. Praise God for this extraordinary vision, and pray that God creates environments for this lofty goal to become real and lasting.
The month of June promises to be one of outreach and more training. By now Pathways summer interns have arrived for cross-cultural outreach, and veteran teams are geared up to conduct VBS, English and Sports camps, or taking advantage of summer season to plant Gospel seeds and cultivate more disciples. Praise God for going before and behind to make outreach and training effective in making disciples that are obedient to Christ. Pray that these outreach programs produce new disciples, and that training events mobilize His global church.
“The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) Praise God for ordaining marriage between man and woman and then drawing those couples together. For some missionaries, their marriage partnership is intercultural. God may provide the American man with a wife from Laos. Or the American wife may have a husband from Sri Lanka. Pray for the marriages of cross-cultural workers. Ask God to give strength, grace, and unity as couples serve in difficult settings.
Team Expansion depends on a variety of volunteers and partners to engage the unreached people groups with the Gospel. Give thanks and praise God for supplying “whom” we need “when” we need them, from cooks to maintenance crews, from administrative assistants to home stay hosts, from missionary child care giver to off-site trainers and coaches. Praise God for all these partners in the gospel who give and serve willingly for the sake of Christ. Pray that God would increase the pool of partnerships and enlarge the harvest among the unreached.
“The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live.” And he said, “Go”. One of the servants asked Elisha to come along, and so he did. (2 Kings 6:1-4) As God blesses and grows Team Expansion, the temporary space used for offices and training is getting smaller and smaller. Like this company of prophets, we can say the place where we meet and train is small for us. While we praise God for the Prayer Center and Atrium, we are asking that God would provide partners to inspire the improvement of facilities. Ask God to provide partners to fund phase 2 of the construction of a wing for training and missionary kid space.
Team Expansion relies on God for both human resources and financing. Give thanks and praise God for the millions of dollars that God provides for the function of mission work through individuals, churches, church groups, one time donors, and monthly commitments. Ask God to raise up more financial partners to enable the influx of the Gospel into more unreached people groups.
Team Expansion believes that prayer is the crucial strategy for reaching the unreached and considers prayer warriors invaluable in this strategy. Give thanks and praise for intercessors enlisted in Team Expansion’s Prayer Force and Third Culture Kid Prayer Force, for prayer teams that survey new fields, for prayer partners of 300+ missionaries, for PACE prayer coordinators, and for intercessors for prayer initiatives that soften the soil so that the work may move forward. Pray that more of God’s people would answer the call to pray for success in this spiritual battle and be knitted together as one (Judges 20:11).
“Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” (Mark 16:20)
Pre-Field Orientation for Pathways interns ends today. Seventeen young adults will be spending their summer with veteran field workers in 7 different countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Praise God for raising up summer interns and ask that He work with them to confirm His Word by signs that accompany their message to the unreached people with whom they will be serving.
Prayer partners have a vital role in the success of the Pathways interns. “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make know the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should.” (Ephesians 6:19-20). Pray that God would use Pathways interns to promote the Gospel among unreached peoples, to encourage mission practitioners, and to engage the global church.
This week, Team Expansion is conducting Pre-field Orientation (May 21-16) for 17 college age adults who are participating in the Pathways internship program. Praise God for His instruction and counsel to train and coach Pathways summer interns in preparing them for serving among unreached peoples. Pray that, by God’s power, Pathways interns and coaches are provided effective training to engage in extraordinary prayer and serve alongside career workers in the field.