Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Prayer Calendar

Rwanda Prayer Calendar – June, 2011









2 Prayer Prompt: For the ability to learn from Hotel Rwanda's Paul Rusesabagina. Scripture Prompt: Matthew 9:36-38.

3 Prayer Prompt: For our graduating seniors.

Journal Prompt: What is compassion? Why is it important for us to show compassion, just as Jesus did?

4 Prayer Prompt: For Jen & the women of the AIDS Association as they sell their goods at a flea market today.

Scripture Prompt: 1 Peter 2:9-10

5 Prayer Prompt: Give thanks for the support and love our congregation has shown us as we've prepared for Rwanda.

Journal Prompt: What does it mean to be a chosen people? What have you been chosen for?

6 Prayer Prompt: For Jen & Serge as they prepare for our arrival.

Journal Prompt: In Rwanda, how might you tell others about the wonderful acts of God you've experienced?

7 Prayer Prompt: For intern, Karyn, to end her time in Rwanda well.

Scripture Prompt: Romans 15:5-6

8 Prayer Prompt: For wisdom for Jen & Serge as they discern how to proceed with the Nyamirama Development Project. Journal Prompt: What attitude does Christ have toward you? What would it look like for you to have this same attitude toward others while in Rwanda?

9 Prayer Prompt: For rest & peace tonight as we prepare to leave tomorrow.

Journal Prompt: While in Rwanda, why is it important to remember that it is God who gives endurance? When / why might you need endurance?

10 Prayer Prompt: For safety as the team travels to Rwanda.

11 Prayer Prompt: For safety as the team travels to Rwanda.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 1:29-45 & 2:13-17

12 Prayer Prompt: For energy as the team fights jetlag.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 3:20-35

13 Prayer Prompt: For the team's ability to process well their experience at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 4:1-20

14 Prayer Prompt: For the team to have eyes to see what God has in store for them as they visit the Nywamirama Development Project.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 4:35-41

15 Prayer Prompt: For wisdom to know what to say and how to react during the team's first day at the refugee camp.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 6:14-44

16 Prayer Prompt: For compassion as the team serves those at the Kiziba Refugee Camp.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 8:27-9:1

17 Prayer Prompt: For patience as the team serves the Kigali Street Kids.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 9:38-50 & 10:13-16

18 Prayer Prompt: For the team to encounter God in creation today as they go on safari.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 10:17-45

19 Prayer Prompt: For the team's unity and patience with one another.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 11:1-26

20 Prayer Prompt: For ears to hear what Mama Deborah has to say to the team.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 12:28-34 & 41-43

21 Prayer Prompt: For the ministry of the AIDS Association, which the team will be visiting today.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 14:1-72

22 Prayer Prompt: For fair trade around the world and for the Rwandan economy.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 15:1-47

23 Prayer Prompt: For wisdom for the team's leaders as they continue processing with the team.

Scripture Prompt: Mark 16:1-19

24 Prayer Prompt: For safe travel home to Chicago.

25 Prayer Prompt: For rest for Jen & Serge and our team as we recover from our trip.

Journal Prompt: Reflect on your first day in Rwanda two weeks ago. How did you feel when you first arrived in Kigali? What surprised you?

26 Prayer Prompt: For the words to be able to begin to share our experience with others.

Journal Prompt: What's one cultural difference you experienced? How did that make you feel?

27 Prayer Prompt: For adequate finances for Jen & Serge to be able to continue building their home.

Journal Prompt: When you think of your time in Rwanda, what's one specific “snapshot” that comes to mind?

28 Prayer Prompt: For healing for Beni as doctors work to figure out what his mysterious spots are.

Journal Prompt:

What do you miss about Rwanda? Why do you think this is?

29 Prayer Prompt: For Mama Deborah's leadership.

Journal Prompt: What one person in Rwanda made the biggest impact on you? Why?

30 Prayer Prompt: For Alice.

Journal Prompt: What three words would you use to describe your experience in Rwanda? Why?


This prayer calendar is slightly different than previous ones.

During the actual dates of our trip - June 10 - 24, prompts are designed for parents, supporters, and prayer buddies to use. They correspond roughly to what we'll be experiencing each day. During those dates, no journal prompts are given, only scripture prompts. Those scripture passages are the ones that will serve as our "anchors" during each evening's time of debriefing.

Following our time in Rwanda, prayer prompts will continue for those we met in Rwanda and the work they will continue, long after we leave. However, after we return, no scripture prompts will be given, only journal prompts designed to help our team develop the vocabulary to be able to describe their experience while in Rwanda.

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