WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia: GFA-supported national missionaries need us to stand beside them for enablement and empowerment, whether they serve in a slum, a remote mountain community or a village for outcasts.
Let’s think for a minute what enablement and empowerment mean and put them into perspective as they relate to Gospel for Asia-supported national missionaries.
The root word in enablement is “able.” Enablement intrinsically refers to providing means or opportunity to make something possible or practicable. When people support or give to GFA, they help GFA’s field partners provide the training, literature, equipment and living expenses to make their ministries possible and practicable.
We believe that empowerment is, by far, more important than enablement. Without empowerment, national missionaries would be ineffective representing Jesus to the thousands of people in Asia. Their ability to establish fellowships and transform communities would be severely hindered.
The root word in empowerment is “power.”
All the funding in the world cannot empower the work of national missionaries because their power must come from the Lord. But we can have a role in empowering them by praying for them, for the general needs of all of them as well as the particular needs of individual missionaries.
Many people perceive prayer only as talking to God. It is much more than that. Prayer is not our tool to tell the Lord what the national missionaries need. He already knows (see Matthew 6:32). Prayer is when we converse with (including listening to) the Almighty God. He has the authority and power over all His creation.
He is the one who makes all things possible by the power of His might. May we suggest that when we pray, we explicitly call upon Him to divinely empower these missionaries? Jesus modeled this when He taught His disciples to pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Consider also that the Bible teaches us that the Lord has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing (see Ephesians 1:3).
Gospel for Asia establishes a continuing communication link between supporters. Those communications are intended to provide that one-on-one empowering relationship attainable only through the power of prayer.
GFA also shares the common needs of national missionaries online as part of our monthly prayer focus. By keeping abreast of those needs, we can pray for empowerment for their various common needs. Currently, GFA is requesting prayer for
- Personal devotion time for every national missionary
- Boldness in the face of difficulty, opposition and persecution
- Protection as they travel and work in challenging locations
- Resolve, health and dedication of their families as they minister under difficult conditions
- Fruit of their labors to become evident in the communities where they serve
Gospel for Asia was established on the power of prayer. In Texas and in Asia, prayer is fundamental to all we do.
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