1, 2, & 3 – Please pray for all the travel our team will be doing while we are in the States and for safety as we return to Zlín next year.
4, 5, & 6 – Please give thanks with us for the good visit Miriam enjoyed with her parents last month. We are grateful that John Grady was able to preach in the Zlín church and spend time with René. Pray that John and Ruth Grady will continue to have opportunities to minister to the church.
7, 8, & 9 – Please give thanks with us for the start of our fall ministry season. Pray for René as he leads a twice-monthly Bible study on the book of Galatians. Pray for the young family that has recently begun attending these studies.
10, 11, & 12 – This weekend Mission to the World will host their global missions conference in Dallas, Texas. Our team plans to be there greeting our friends and seeking interns and new team members. Please pray for God’s wisdom for us and all who attend. God used this conference in the Johnson’s lives as part of their call to service.
13, 14, & 15 – Please pray for our former teammates Kevin and Jan Rutledge as they pursue a call to a new field.
16, 17, & 18 – Please pray with us for our friend Radka as she has recently started a new job. Pray that the Lord will open new doors for her to show Christ to her fellow workers.
19, 20, & 21 – Please pray with us that the Lord would be pleased to raise up the summer interns that he wants to work in the Czech Republic in 2018. We have seen God at work in amazing ways through the young women He has sent in the past.
22, 23, & 24 – Please continue to pray with us for Maddie Edwards as she pursues a two year internship with our team. Pray that the Lord would quickly raise her support and speed her way to us.
25, 26, & 27 – Please give thanks with us for God’s blessing on our recent planning retreat. It was the best one of these retreats to date.
28, 29, & 30 – Please pray with us for our friend Bob as he deals with the struggles of his advanced age. Pray that God would keep his mind clear and his heart focused on Christ.
1, 2, & 3 – The advent season begins this Sunday. Please pray with us for the families in our Zlín church as they seek to worship in their homes during this season. Pray that new habits of prayer, Bible reading, and Christ-centered worship will be born at this time and endure for years to come.
4, 5, & 6 – Please continue to pray with us for the teens in our little congregation. Pray for faithfulness and wisdom for them. Pray that the Lord would use their teen years prepare them for his service. We are so encouraged by how many of them have already begun to work in God’s kingdom.
7, 8, & 9 – Please continue to pray for the families and marriages in the Zlín church. Pray that our marriages will be examples for our children and our community.
10, 11, & 12 – Please pray with us for the unbelieving fellow workers that our church members see every working day. Pray for these work relationships to create avenues for the Gospel. Many of our Czech friends are trying to live and speak for Christ in their work places.
13, 14, & 15 – Please pray for our Czech Sunday school teachers and leaders while we are away. We have been very encouraged by how they have stepped forward to assume responsibility for classes in our absence. Pray for joy in their work and fruit from their work.
16, 17, & 18 – Please pray for Miriam and Evan as they homeschool during their HMA. Pray for progress for Evan in his English language studies.
19, 20, & 21 – Please give thanks with us for the good relationships God has given Miriam with our teens. One of the young ladies who regularly attends English camp has even asked to Skype with Miriam while she is in the States. Pray for her to grow in Christ.
22, 23, & 24 – Over these next few days Czechs will gather with their families for the traditional Christmas Eve family meal and the giving of presents. Pray for a great softening to take place this year in many hearts. Most Czechs teach their children that Baby Jesus brings the presents which are found under the Christmas tree, but they have no interest in the gift God gave in the person of Jesus.
25, 26, & 27 – Please pray for Johnny and Annette as they return to Zlín next week.
28, 29, 30, & 31 – The book of James tells us that the good and perfect gifts we receive are from our Father in heaven. May we all have greater discernment in this new year to see what good our Father has for us in the gifts we receive, whether blessings or trials.