Important concepts to guide the development of mission-oriented prayer in a fellowship.
Includes Case Study.
QUESTION From: <Merriott@aol.com> Randall Merriott 06 Apr 96 .I had begun attending a small church since I had moved back to Texas...I wasn't sure if I would be able to serve in any capacity since I hadn't yet become a member. Imagine my surprise when, after a couple of weeks away, I returned and was informed that I was now the missions prayer coordinator and was to bring forth a monthly prayer emphasis to the congregation starting that evening. (Gives me some ideas for missions mobilizing. Don't ask for volunteers. Just tell people to go!) Anyway, I plan to make the most of this, and I'd like to hear everyone's favorite idea for promoting prayer for missions.
ANSWER by: NateWilson@XC.org
IDEAS FOR PERSECUTED CHURCH
Question From: Harold Britton <Hbritton@Cproject.Com> If your church did anything about the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church? Would you share a brief word about it?...
ANSWER From: Karl Mueller <firstname.lastname@example.org> During our Saturday Nite Celebration (a seeker-sensitive service) we showed 15 minutes of the IDOP video, and then split into groups of 8-10 people for a concert of prayer. I directed the prayer topics based on the Lord's Prayer, and then people prayed in groups. At the end of our prayer time, we had a communion time. We also offered material at the end of the evening for people interested in getting more involved. About 25% of the people who attended picked up the information sheets. Many people were blown away by the video. They had no idea what was going on in regards to the persecuted church. In our Sunday morning services (which are quite formal and not very flexible), we had a bulletin insert about the persecuted church, and then prayed during the congregational prayer time. The Saturday Nite Celebration was significantly more effective...
ANSWER From: Hebert Sardy <email@example.com> ...I received a brochure of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church from Intercede (a bi-monthly publication of the Center for Ministry to Muslims). In that brochure they gave information of Internet sites to get extra information, so I downloaded news from the Voice of the Martyrs..., translated part of that material and shared it with 5 churches. In my church that Sunday the [sermon] was about prayer and after that I shared the information and we prayed for our persecuted brothers. The people got the sense of the situation in other countries...
From: Bill Copeland <firstname.lastname@example.org> We were brainstorming on how we could mobilize prayer... This is basically what we came up with, and it seems to be reaching churches not on e-mail. If you're in the same boat I'm in, something similar might help you.
I sent a letter to all of my friends and churches, asking them to join an international prayer team we were forming. I explained that if we were going to make a difference in that difficult part of the world, we needed committed believers all over the world to pray for our work in Central Asia. Enclosed with the letter was a response card giving them the option to start a prayer team in their church, be a member of a church prayer team, or just pray without being on a prayer team.
In turn, I committed to send them a monthly bulletin, a bi-monthly people group feature, and a yearly muslim prayer focus booklet. I also told the churches in the States that I would be visiting the US in September and part of October, and if they needed any help setting up a prayer team, I would visit them and help them (finances and schedule permitting).
All this was done by snail-mail, and responses are trickling in from all over the world. Imagine what you could do though Brigada on e-mail!