Saturday, April 01, 2006

Peterson's Prayer Guide - April 2006

Let’s pray this prayer for each other, adapted from Eph. 3:14-19
That we would be given inner strength by the power of the Holy Spirit. That we would yield to His promptings, have His mind, know His will, have His vision, courage, love and power, and that we would grasp the scope of God’s love and experience it in tangible ways. Pray that God would pour Himself into us with a spiritual fullness of His very nature.

* Praise God for a very encouraging time for Gary at the Grace Bible Church missions conference in early March. He was able to stay with his mother and see the rest of his family while there too.

* Esther and her fellow French students came away from their competition (against 100 other FL schools) with superior ratings in all their presentations. We’re so proud of her and the team and thankful for this wonderful experience!

* Josiah had a wonderful time in Europe during Spring break. He missed 3 days of school so has some catching up to do there along with getting over jetlag. We’ll have him write about it for our next newsletter, so be looking for a report in his own words.

* Gary and I had a great road trip to SC, NC TN & GA. It was so good to see friends we hadn’t seen for several years, and we came home feeling reconnected with each other after all those hours in the car to talk and read. Esther did just fine on her own, but was glad to have us home again!

* A team from the church we’re a part of here has gone to Brazil for 10 days to seek the Lord’s direction for our church to be part of reaching an unreached people group in that country. Please pray that they’ll truly hear from God and that our church will grow a vision that will translate to action and really make a difference for the group God wants us to be a part of reaching for Him.

* April 1-2 is the Orlando Festival – a Luis Palau evangelistic event that we’ve been preparing for over the last few months. Pray that the people of this city will be impacted by God as He is presented to them in relevant ways.

* Mar. 31 – Ap. 2 Gary is going to the east coast to help with a Mission at the Airport. Pray for a good turn out, good weather, and that God will use this event to challenge more people to get involved in missions.

*Ap. 8 Esther is taking an important exam (ACT), the results of which will impact her choice of college, scholarship opportunities etc. Pray that she’ll perform well, and that God will continue to make His plans for her future clear. We’ve made some helpful connections with a couple of people who can answer questions for her recently. This week we found out that although she doesn’t plan on starting college till after Christmas, we should have been doing scholarship applications already! Now we’re in a rush to get everything done in a hurry. Please pray for strength to do what we can, and peace for what is not possible.

* Gary will be helping with a Transcan in Ocala (an hour north) on the 8th. Ask God to work powerfully in the lives of those attending and that some will move towards Bible Translation as a result of this exposure.

* Gary and Esther both have a part in our church’s Easter production this year. Gary is growing a beard for his role as Peter again (: Pray that they’ll do their parts well, and that God will be glorified and people drawn into relationship with Him through the events at our church and around the world.

* Gary has school groups coming to visit Wycliffe on the 10th and 20th. Ask God to work in the lives of these students and challenge some to get involved in the work.

* We need to get a newsletter prepared this month. It is big job, and it often feels like a spiritual battle when we go to start on it. Pray for wisdom as we decide what to include, unity between us, efficiency and ability to work quickly to get it out as soon as possible. We plan to start after Easter.

* Ap. 26- May 2 Gary will fly to California to take part in the missions conference of his home church, Grace in San Luis Obispo. He will probably be speaking to youth and sitting on a panel on Sunday morning, and will be the speaker for the Sunday evening missions dinner. He may also visit a home group on Monday. Pray for a good trip and that God will speak through him as he shares.

* We have decided it would be wise for us to replace our roof before the next hurricane season begins. Although it has held up with the past two years of hurricanes, it is showing its age and has some patches that are damaged. Pray for the funds needed to do this job, the time to work on it, wisdom in deciding what materials to use, and some help as we plan to do it ourselves, hopefully in late April/ early May. We still need to build the gates for our new fence too.

I continue to enjoy the Perspectives class each week and have been challenged by the great articles I’m reading. Pray that I’ll stay balanced and know God’s priorities for each day. I’m being drawn outdoors with the gorgeous weather we’re experiencing (and our yard could sure use some attention!), but have lots of office work to get done too.

Thanks for sharing our lives and loving us in this practical way. Don’t forget that we’d love to pray for your needs too.

Blessings on you as we celebrate this special season of Easter.

Love in Him, Robyn, for the Petersons


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