Mission Ideas

Idea: July Prayer Meal

 

Throughout July, we often think of a pretty important holiday for America and we celebrate with yummy burgers and hotdogs, corn on the cob, and apple pie. During this month, we decided to stick a bit closer to home and focus on a city and work in the USA so we will be praying for Rob & Annabeth Wilton as they are planting Vintage Church in Pittsburgh. They have already started the work there and will be officially moving there with their fun kiddos toward the end of the summer.

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We’ve actually never been to Pittsburgh, (yet…) but as they have been preparing and our church has been praying for them, we’ve been learning lots of fun things about this city. Did you know that the Klondike Bar is made there? Yep – that yummy goodness which always reminds me of my grandmother because she always had a box in her freezer. Pittsburgh also has more bridges than Venice – over 450 of them to be exact!  Also, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was right outside of Pittsburgh and he called the area home. Public TV was started there… Heinz Ketchup began there… so many fun facts!  And now it’s going to be the home of a great new church!

This month, as we pray for the Wilton Family and the other families that will be joining them, we will be praying and asking God for many more to be transformed by the gospel in that great city!

We will also be enjoying our rendition of a Pittsburgh sandwich. They are famous for putting cole slaw and french fries on their sandwiches…. weird yet yummy!

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I also can’t NOT do a yummy Klondike Dessert! Yes, Please!!

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As you enjoy this yummy meal,  pray for the Wiltons as they make this move and adjust to a new city and make it home! Pray for their four kiddos as they begin school, make new friends and share Jesus too! Pray for several other families that will be making this move with them. Pray for the right connections and favor with their neighbors. Pray for other pastors and churches to get on board and support the work that is being done through Vintage. Pray that the gospel will be proclaimed through word and deed. Pray that many in Pittsburgh will come to know Christ through Vintage Church.  You can learn more about Vintage Church Pittsburgh here!

Be sure to capture a pic of your family prayer meal and let the Wilton’s know you are praying for them!

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Bedtime Prayers

One of my most favorite times of the day with my girls has always been bedtime. Not always because they are going to bed, but because it’s actually a point in our day when we slow down, read scripture together, pray and sometimes have a spontaneous stretch or dance party…. and sometimes it is because they are going to bed and the latest episode of whatever we are watching on Netflix is calling my name…

I must admit though that often times when it comes to our nightly prayer times with the girls, our prayers lately have sounded a lot like this :

“Thank you for this day, bless our family, give us a good night sleep and a good day tomorrow…”

We sometimes rush through our prayers, wanting to just be “done” for the evening instead of bowing in reverence before a Holy Father and also modeling for our girls how to love and pray for others.

This could be such a pivotal time for our children as they see and witness the power of prayer, listen and participate in prayer for others, and see how when we pray for others, usually our heart for others grows big too instead of just focusing on ourself.

There are so many things and people we could be praying for including our lost friends who need salvation, brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith, the sick and suffering, ministries and missionaries serving around the world, specific people groups from around the world, and even their own salvation. We also have much to rejoice over too!

What does your bedtime routine look like? Does it include prayer time with and for your kiddos? What are you praying for with your children? Are you pausing to pray for others? Are you bowing in reverence with them? Are you rejoicing with them when God answers a prayer? Or are you rushing through just to be done….

Oh Father, fill us with deep reverence for you every time we come into your presence. Guide us as we guide your children. Help us to slow down, to set our minds on you and the things you love, and help us to model that to our little ones. May our nightly times together with you be filled with joyfulness and your Spirit and may they see You in their little beds, as we tuck them in each evening.