Sunday, April 6, 2014

Day 1 - Introduction: "Unexpected Partners"

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:4-6 NIV      

As CBF Field Personnel among the Romany people of Europe, our work frequently involves sharing our faith, sharing the Gospel, and sharing hope in places that are dark with difficulty.  As with any mission endeavor, however, we are continually surprised and transformed as we work - because we so often find bright spots of light in those dark places.  We meet people in whom God is already strongly at work, whose faith and energy inspire and encourage us along the way.  We do not work alone:  God is already at work ahead of us!     

These stories are so encouraging to us that we have dedicated this year's prayer guide to sharing them with you.  Our prayer for you is that, as you pray along with us, you'll find encouragement and inspiration as well - not just from these stories, but right where you are.  Where has God placed these kinds of people in your life?  Who inspires and challenges you?  Let's give thanks to God together for unexpected partners!

Jon and Tanya Parks, Slovakia

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