The greatest gift anyone can give to the mission teams is your support in prayer. Everything that takes place while we are on these missions will depend on the intensity and consistency of your prayers being lifted up to God on behalf of our teams.
As a result, two or three prayer partners were assigned to each missionary with the responsibility of praying for them on a daily basis. You, too, can join our prayer partners and pray for us, before, during and after we return from our missionary exploits in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
The requests and prayers below are only suggestions and therefore we invite you to pray for us for the next two weeks as the Holy Spirit inspires us. Both teams will travel on Saturday, June 11 and return on Saturday, June 18.
Our Team Members are:
Jamaica Team: Sonia Blake, Alex Azan, Connor Coole, Veronica Francis, Dr. Cheryl Holder, Annabelle Juin, Annelyse Juin, Brittany Maxwell, Fiona Morrell, Matthew Odette, Linda Ondo, Michael Ondo, The Rev. Maud Paraison, Joy Pendergast, Christie Ramsaran, Zachary Schieren, Jessica Sheriff, Dr. Sandra Sheriff, Demi Smith, Dezray Smith, Stephanie Villiotis, Vashti Walker, Amari Walters, Dr. John Williams and Rose Williams.
Dominican Republic Team: Bibi Achaibar, Carol Bhim, Audrey Burgher, Matthew Campbell, Karen Eddy, Father Tony Holder, Jordan King, Dr. Pat Rowe King, Brian McClain, Ron McDonald, Shannon McDonald, Beverley Monteith, Maryella Reed, Melissa Schleifer, Linda Schlepp-Gray, and Tom Ungleich.
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Requests: Please pray for:
- All our travel arrangements to go as planned, for safety on the road and in the air, for the safe handling of our baggage, and for our health and comfort,
- Safe transit and delivery of the medical supplies the teams are carrying for the relief of the people of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic,
- Continued blessings for all those at home who have made our trips possible, particularly our families and friends, prayer partners, supporters, and our church family at Holy Sacrament who we represent on these missions,
- Protection of the groups and their families while they are away, for each team member’s health throughout the missions, and for their strength and energy for the team members
- The unity of the two teams and the leadership, guidance and wisdom of our team leaders
- The people in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, particularly those who we will meet – the staff and girls of the Granville Place of Safety in Falmouth, Jamaica, and the members of Iglesia de San Juan de Bautista and the people of Bonao in the Dominican Republic, that we will be a blessing to them and they to us, that we will build friendships with them, that God will continue to bless them, and may they see the good within the difficult situations in their lives
- Pray for God’s grace and discernment as we enter these countries that as God reveals Himself and His purposes to us and through us, we may be led to see Him and His purposes clearly
- Pray that these trips will enable and encourage others to feel called in foreign mission work and ministry
- Our team members to resume their daily routines when they return on June 18
In addition, pray that:
- God will prepare the hearts of the people of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic to receive the ministry of our team members
- God will show the members of the teams, how to use our God-given gifts on His behalf, and to what future ministry He is calling us.
- The team members will receive the hospitality and ministry of the people in these two countries with graciousness and sincerity and that we will receive the blessings God has prepared for us as a result of our participation in this mission.
I ask your thanksgiving for our Heavenly Father who has made all of this possible, for it is only to Him that we give the honor, praise, and glory in all that we do.
1. For all Christians in their vocation
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, 256)
2. For Mission
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, 100)
3. Today’s Missionaries
Eternal Father, it is a joy to call men and women to serve you across the barriers of race and language and culture: give them strength and courage in your service, and satisfy their longing to make known the good news of Jesus Christ.
When they are in danger, save them from fear.
When they are disheartened, be their friend.
When they think they have failed, show them the cross.
Give them peace in their hearts, and peace in their homes, and the joy of acceptance by those whom they serve; for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
[John Kingsnorth] (New Parish Prayers, ed. Frank Colquhoun)
4. A Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, 833)