May 15, 2017 | Darren Lung
In early May, 200 students and P2C staff from across the country gathered for our second annual Summer Missions Launch – an event designed to inspire, equip, and unify them before launching them to their various mission trip locations.
Over the course of three days, students and staff learned how to contextualize the gospel to their specific locations. They had fun bonding with their teams, spent time on their knees, and were blessed by one another during a time of commissioning prayer.
It’s amazing to think about. Only one week ago we were gathered at a camp in Paris, Ontario. These same teams are now scattered all over the globe: exploring new cultures, building friendships, and beginning to engage in deeper spiritual conversations. Gospel seeds are being planted in hearts, in places where Jesus is not yet known!
Although all 200 are now deployed in various parts of the world, you can still play a vital role in praying for our friends and those they will meet. Will you join them?
Here are 5 ways you can be praying for our mission trip teams:
1. Pray that they would live out the Great Commandment.
In Matthew 22, the religious leaders asked Jesus what the most important law was. Jesus responded by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…This is the greatest and most important command.” (HCSB).
The greatest commandment is not to fulfill the Great Commission. In fact, we will not be able to fulfill the Great Commission without first living out the Great Commandment.
“The greatest commandment is not to fulfill the Great Commission. In fact, we will not be able to fulfill the Great Commission without first living out the Great Commandment.” – Darren Lung
The most important commandment for all of us, as Jesus followers, is to love God with everything we have, and everything we are. We are to give our all, every fibre of our being, to loving God. This is what we were created for.
Everything else flows from living out the Great Commandment.
Pray that each mission trip participant will grow deeper in their love of God each day, and that they would experience him in new and surprising ways.
2. Pray that they would grow in their love for their local friends.
Following the Great Commandment in Matthew 22, Jesus says the second most important commandment is to “Love your neighbour as yourself. All the law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” (HCSB).
From a heart fixated on loving God, a powerful and authentic love will overflow to those that they’re journeying with. Love will be the key as the mission trip participants meet students, build friendships, and walk with them toward Jesus.
Pray that their love for God would overflow, and that their love for their new friends would be evident in word and in action.
3. Pray that the mission trip teams would be unified.
In John 17:20-21 Jesus prays: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message. May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me.” (HCSB).
The unity of believers is what will help the Kingdom grow and expand. In fact, the purpose of unity is for the purpose of helping others know Jesus!
It is in the genuine love and unity of a community of believers that the gospel shines brightest. The gospel truth that ‘Jesus changes everything’ will become crystal clear as these teams commit to moving forward together as one.
Pray that the teams would experience supernatural unity – in love for the Lord, vision, purpose, direction, and mission, so that the world would believe that he has been sent.
4. Pray for people to come to know Jesus.
The opening chapter of John tells us that “to all who did receive [Jesus] He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, or the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.” (HCSB).
Desert Rain, Desert Rain Exploration, and East Asia are cultures where the population is vastly unreached. Paris, Montreal, and Peru are locations where the population is predominantly unevangelized. Many of the students that our mission trips will encounter may have never met a Christian before, let alone had the opportunity to discover Jesus.
Pray that lost students would be responding to the good news of Jesus with open hearts and that their lives would be transformed by the magnificence of Jesus.
5. Pray that the Lord would raise up labourers for the future.
Finally, pray to the Lord for long-term labourers!
In Matthew 9, it says “When [Jesus] saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (HCSB).
Short-term missions are most effective when they are coupled with a long-term presence of Jesus-followers who can journey with seekers, and disciple new believers.
Pray that the Lord of the harvest would be raising up long-term workers to serve with love, perseverance, hope, and endurance in our various international partnerships!