Prayer Requests 4-29-19

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Psalm 86

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
   You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
   give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
    show your strength in behalf of your servant;
   save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

12 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 4-29-19

  1. Belgium: Walloons and Flemings (Indigenous Belgians)

    Two-thirds of the districts of Belgium have no Bible-believing church. Only 0.5 per cent of indigenous Belgians are believers. Over the last 150 years of evangelism in Belgium, the Belgian church has always expected foreign missions, missionaries and money to evangelize Belgium. We want to see Belgians stepping forward to plant churches and gather in the Belgian harvest.

    Please pray…
    Pray for a church to be established in each of the 382 districts that currently do not have one (average population 19,000; 207 districts have churches). Pray for a church-planting movement among Belgians and non-Belgians.
    Pray for ex-patriate and immigrant believers to reach Belgians. Over the last 20 years, the number of believers in Belgium has more than doubled because of immigrants from DR Congo, Nigeria, Brazil and almost every other country in the world. This is an enormous potential mission force, but the vast majority don’t engage with Belgians evangelistically at all.
    Pray for church vibrancy. Most churches in Belgium have a long history of being tiny, unwanted groups, often culturally distant from the mainstream of society. Pray that the churches can become the heart of their communities, living with passion and relevance.

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  2. Thank you for the prayers on my Friday request regarding the pivotal weekend coming up (now past). The “pivotal” aspect I was anticipating didn’t occur, but something totally unrelated and delightfully unexpected did happen this weekend — I acquired two new piano students. 🙂 Two young boys — brothers, ages 7 & 9 — who were in the church service yesterday where my 14-year-old student and I played a duet for his Confirmation service. It is a very small, rural church, and those boys know my student well, and look up to him. They have a piano at home, love playing it, and their mom feels that now is a great time for them to begin lessons. I agree. She asked me yesterday after the service (I was introduced as L____’s piano teacher in the bulletin and just before we played) if I would teach her boys, too.

    Yes. 🙂 The wide grins on the boys’ faces when they knew that L_____’s teacher would be teaching them piano, also, were priceless.

    Also, my 8-year-old student who just started two weeks ago is doing a fantastic job! She listens well in lessons, diligently practices at home, and is so enthusiastic. She has the makings of a fine student. I have a strong sense she will go far musically.

    Please join me in praising God for these blessings He’s bestowed on me. A month ago, I only had two students — my daughter and L. Now I’m up to five. God is so good.

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  3. so.. is Belgium part of the Netherlands? I have three Dutch students in my class. Their parents have responded to the need for Bible translation. One is even a farmer.

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  4. Belgium is southwest of the Netherlands–right up against France and where some of the fiercest WWI fighting took place. Their King at the time, ordered the dikes breached and flooded his low-lying most fertile agricultural land to stop the German advance at the start of the war. He probably saved France and maybe everything else with that once action.

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  5. Jo, Belgium separated from the Netherlands during the Eighty Year’s War (1568-1648). It is a complicated story, involving a lot of politics, and interference from other European kingdoms such as France and Spain, but basically, what is now Netherlands was Protestant, while what is now Belgium was Catholic. Your Dutch family reminds me that the primary Bible translator for the tribal language Bible translation, the dedication of which I attended in West Africa, was from Sweden, while I shared a house for a while with a German missionary. Europe may seem spiritually dying, but God is still calling people out for himself there.

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  6. Another praise: an email was sent this morning to all teachers who have students participating in the state piano competition, announcing the students’ playing times, site, etc. The email writer also mentioned that another person would be sending out the teachers’ assigned work schedules for the day. (All teachers with participating students are expected to work part of the day.)

    I was hoping that somehow I’d be able to manage getting someone to briefly cover for me if I was scheduled to work during my daughter’s performance time.

    A half an hour ago, I (and numerous other teachers) got the teacher assignment email. The lady in charge of assigning teachers managed to get enough of her local teachers to fill in that I and my area colleagues (we’re over 2 hours away from the State site) do not have to work at the competition.

    Thankful that I can simply go and hear 6th Arrow perform without either having to find someone to cover for me, or having to be there all day if my work was in the afternoon (daughter plays at 9:00 am), on top of spending more than 4 hours going to and from. And very thankful for the thoughtfulness of the teacher schedule arranger, and those who volunteered to relieve us farther-away teachers of our duties.

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