“I call on you Lord, and you answer me.” (Psalm 17:6)
The prayers of God’s people are a powerful force. We can communicate with the Creator of the entire universe. We can stand before the throne of the Lord who holds the keys to eternity. We can speak to the God who has no beginning and no end. We can approach our Father who loves us more than we could ever imagine.
With prayer, we can move mountains.
As the OM team began their 48 hours of prayer, many people were encouraged to pray continually and take part in an intimate time with the Lord. In a world of darkness and sin, only God has the power to change hearts and lives for His glory.
During this special time, a local family requested prayer as they begin their two-year commitment in the Near East.
With the continuing rise of violence and unrest in neighboring Syria and Iraq, the region has experienced a surge of hundreds of thousands of refugees seeking protection. Operation Mobilization has worked closely with local Arab churches to provide food, medical assistance, counseling, and other forms relief to those who are struggling to survive.
|Literature distribution in the Near East
However, even amidst the desolation, God is at work in the Near East. Along with their three teenage daughters, the family expressed their desire to bring hope and restoration through Jesus Christ and shared stories of the amazing openness to the gospel.
The OM Near East team currently consists of 80 adults with over 12 new recruits joining in August and September. Although they will be leaving many familiar things behind, the family is deeply committed to following God wherever He should choose to lead them.
They originally discovered OM through short-term mission trips, however it wasn’t long before they began to sense God’s prompting to become even more involved in the organization. Now, through pastoral care, counseling, and leading worship, they anticipate the ways that God will use them to reach many people in a region that desperately needs the gospel.
“Rejoice always, pray with out ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)