Tomorrow I will make my way to Atlanta, GA to depart for Africa for the second time in 12 months. Last year I was part of construction team that went to Zimbabwe. This time I will be leading a team down to Johannesburg, South Africa for a more evangelical trip. We will be ministering to the people in the morning, leading out in baseball/basketball camps in the afternoon, and helping at an orphanage in the city called the Door of Hope. Check out this link for the orphanage it is truly remarkable:
Often people ask me, “Jared, how can we pray for you and your team?” So I would like to provide some answers to that for you. I believe in the power of prayer because I have witnessed it in my life, and I will appreciate your prayers during our time of travel. So I humbly ask you to pray in these ways.
The number one thing I ask prayer for is the people we will encounter and befriend. Pray their hearts are open to the message we will present, and that God uses us as a vessel to proclaim His message. Pray that we are received well by the community and they are open to what we have to say. We are not there to shove our message down their throats, but rather to love them and serve them. Pray that God reveals himself to the ones we will minister to.
Secondly, I ask you pray for the missionary that we will be working with. He lives in the city with his wife and children. He is very excited that I am bringing him some David Sunflower Seeds and baseball cards. Pray that God protects and uses his family in a mighty way as they live amongst the people daily. In many ways I am jealous of Kurt, as he gets to do life with these people and share the truth he posses. His name is Kurt Holiday, please join myself in prayer for him.
Thirdly, pray for the team and myself. Pray that I allow God to use me as a leader, and the team as taet witness and serve. That we are encouraging with one another, and serve the people well. That God protects us in our travels and that he provides numerous opportunities for us to share His Gospel. Also, that we seek out those opportunities and do not expect them to fall in our lap. Here is a list of the people on my team and I ask you pray for them by name:
Jared C. (myself)
My friend recently asked Dr.David Platt for some missions advice to which he replied “love well, and learn well.” I hope our team excels in both of those during our time in South Africa!
“And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15
‘But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
I thank you very much for your prayers while we are gone. All glory to God! Soli Deo gloria