Session 2: Watch for God at work

Worship

Sing together. If possible, sing a song in the language of the country. Ask your hosts if they could come and teach you songs in their language.


Prayer

"Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are.
Set the world right; Do what’s best – as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge! You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes."
(The Lord’s Prayer from The Message)


Devotional – Jesus debriefs with his disciples

Read Mark 6:6b–13
  • Note that Jesus spent time with the disciples and they had time to learn from him. Then he sent them out among the people to proclaim the kingly reign of God. Perhaps we could    think of this as the very first short-term mission trip!
  • What might Jesus have been thinking as he watched them walk down the road? (Example:    “Blessings on you, dear friends. I wonder if you will do as I instructed or will just do your     own thing and forget why you were sent?”)
  • What might the disciples have been thinking and feeling? (Example: “Wow! This is exciting!” or “Wow! This is scary!”)
Read Mark 6:30-31
  • What did Jesus do with the disciples when they returned? (He helped them to debrief their  experience!)
  • Each day you will have an opportunity to gather together just like the disciples, taking time  to report and reflect on what has happened. It will also be a brief time of retreat and rest,  especially on days where your heart is wounded or your spirit is overwhelmed.

Reflect and take action

Team assignment: “Watch for God at work” each day. Look for ways that you see God’s hand in what is happening around the world or in you, and be prepared to share it with the rest of the team.
  • Did you see evidence of God’s protection or care?
  • How did God answer prayer today?
  • What is God doing in the lives of your hosts?
  • Did you see evidence of God’s blessing, guidance, or strength?

Notes on courtesy and keeping healthy
 
  • Graciously accept the hospitality of your hosts. Try food prepared for you – even if it looks unappetizing to your eyes. Remember, they aren’t offering you anything that they wouldn’t eat.
  • If you buy cooked food from street vendors, be sure that you buy it “fresh from the fire,” not after it has been sitting in the hot sun for an hour.

Prayer

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