Session 7: God is our refuge and strength

Worship


Prayer/devotional: Strength for the weary
  • Allow God to speak these Scripture promises to your present situation.
  • Read Psalm 46:1-2, then read it again, allowing God to speak directly to you:
God is our refuge and strength
An ever-present help in _____________________ [country]
Therefore we will not fear
Our faith will not be shaken
Even when _____________________________
  • By this point in your trip, some team members may be getting worn out or someone may be sick and feeling miserable. Read this rephrasing of Isaiah 40:29-31 and allow God to speak words of encouragement to you:
God gives strength to the weary and the
worn out like ___________________ [names]
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths like __________ [name] grow tired and weary,
and young folks like _______________ [names] stumble and fall.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
God will lift their spirits and heal their bodies.
Then they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and    not be faint.


Prayer

Praise God for the promise of strength and healing.
Pray specifically for team members and hosts who may be feeling discouraged.


Reflect and take action

We’ve been watching God at work!
  • Are there situations where we don’t seem to see God at work? (extreme poverty, suffering, or injustice)
  • How do you think God feels about those situations? (deep grief, sadness, righteous anger)
  • What might God expect of us with regard to those situations? (grief, sadness, godly anger, prayer, works of compassion and mercy, advocacy on behalf of those who suffer)

Notes on ministering to others
  • Who might need a word of encouragement today? Your host pastor, church worker,             missionary, or team member?
  • Encourage team members to find a simple way to bless someone else today through a secret act of kindness.

Prayer
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