Written by Kayla Power
All of the paperwork is in. Background checks completed. Prayer and financial support letters sent out. Airline tickets have been booked. We are less than 80 days away from leaving for Northern Ireland! As the online training courses have begun, and our team bond grows through our dinner activities together, so does the spiritual warfare. We have waged war against the enemy's schemes to destroy each of the 16 members of our team, and against his destructive deceit in Northern Ireland.
This war is real, and some of us are beginning to feel the affects of it. So, as we are intentional to stand firm in battle with the belt of Truth to protect our core, righteousness as our breastplate, strapping onto our feet with readiness the gospel of peace and never forgetting our shield of faith, we are thankful to put on our helmet of salvation and carry with us always, the sword of the Spirit...would you join us in battle? We read in Ephesians 6 that after putting on the full armor of God we are to then pray, at all times.
In my life group I've been learning that prayer was not an afterthought in Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus when we taught them how to prepare for spiritual warfare, but that Paul regarded prayer as the source for activating each of these pieces of armor. Please pray for our team. Set an alarm in your phone to remind you, write us prayerfully encouraging notes, stop us on a Sunday to lay hands on us right then, however you choose to pray for us, please, just choose to.
Also pray for Northern Ireland. Did you know that less than 1% of the population there proclaims to be an evangelical Christian? That there are almost no non-catholic church plants there? That the youth there are among the most responsive group to the gospel? (YAY, because this is who our team is going to serve!) And bonus, that 50 percent of the population is under the age 30!?
We are a young team of missionaries with only 3 of our 16 ever having been on a missions trip before, and heading into battle. We are preparing and training with FULL confidence that God is already at work there and that we are already standing on the side of victory, so humbled, and thankful, that He has called us to His mission field.
Humbled, and thankful for your support also, to press on!
So much love Church fam, you rock!