Thanks for taking the time to pray for us and Njojane during our Swaziland trip! We’ll try to post updates along the way, but this guide will help you to know what prayer requests our team has for each day.
June 9, Day 1: Today is our first of two traveling days. Please pray for safe and easy travel and that God protects our team from any anxious thoughts of leaving loved ones behind. Also, pray for peace and patience for our team during the entire week and relationships we will be forming over the next week in Swaziland, and especially in the community of Njojane.
June 10, Day 2: We arrive in Johannesburg this evening to meet and brief with our missionary hosts. Please pray for our missionary hosts, the Prince family, today as they prepare for our arrival. We are so thankful for them, but it will surely be a long week for their family as they keep track of our every move.
June 11, Day 3: Pray today for our travels from Johannesburg to Mbabane, Swaziland. Upon entering Swaziland, we will visit one of the other Care Pointe centers. Pray that God will bless our first encounters with the children and that love will flourish across language and cultural differences.
June 12, Day 4: Today is our first day to travel to our Care Pointe in Njojane. Pray for energy for the team as it will be a long day! After our morning of Bible stories and crafts with preschool children, we will have the opportunity to attend the mid-week church service held weekly on the Care Pointe. We are excited about this opportunity to worship with the Njojane community. Also, for several of the team, today we will be meeting the children we sponsor. Although our sponsored children don’t have access to many material resources, they have access to the love of Christ! Pray that our sponsored children would live a life of love, committed to the love of their Lord and the love of others around them. Of special note, pray for the Smiths as they celebrate their 20th anniversary today!
June 13, Day 5: This is our second day at Njojane and an opportunity for our team to participate in home visits in the community. Pray that we all give every last drop of energy and enthusiasm to the kids and adults in the community. Lift us up to do all that we can to give encouragement and love to the staff and volunteers at our Care Pointe. Pray for the bridge between the Connection Pointe and the Njojane community that will last through eternity.
June 14, Day 6: Today our team will get to experience the Children’s Cup Global Leadership Academy (GLA). Pray for stimulating conversations among our team and the students and staff at GLA and that all may moved by the sharing and worshipping together. We also will be spending time today with children at the I Am Not Forgotten orphanage near GLA. Pray that we are able to show the love of Jesus to these children through games, conversations, and Bible activities.
June 15, Day 7: We ask that today you pray for our families back home. For the younger children, they may be looking for their parents to return soon and we still have several days before traveling home.
June 16, Day 8: It’s Father’s Day! We ask for a special blessing for those fathers on the mission team as well as for those fathers who remained home with the children. Pray for our team and the interactions we will have today as we attend a bilingual Sunday church service. We will have the opportunity to spend the afternoon with the staff of the church who supply the pastor and worship team for our Care Pointe services in Njojane. Pray that the Holy Spirit would guide our conversations and that we will learn from each other as both of our churches support the Njojane community in different ways.
June 17, Day 9: Today is a cultural day for our team. We will remain on the eastern side of Swaziland to learn more about the land and customs of the people there. We will also have the opportunity to visit a Care Pointe in an area known as Section 19. Pray that the Holy Spirit would guide our day and experiences.
June 18, Day 10: This is our last full day in Swaziland. Pray that we all give every last drop of energy and enthusiasm to the children and adults at the Care Pointe. Pray for clear communication between our team and our hosts as we wrap up our time in Swaziland. Lift us up to do everything that we can to give encouragement to our hosts, and love to those we reach today.
June 19, Day 11: Today we are traveling home. Pray for safe and easy travel…and that we would be able to get some rest on the way home! We look forward to seeing our friends and family very soon!
Thanks for your daily prayers during our trip! We really value and appreciate you and your support!
We were so happy to see Lee and Lisa with Brooke in the church this morning pulling suitcases leaving for the trip. The whole team is a blessing to serve when we cannot make the trip. Yes we will be reading your email and praying for the team and those you are ministering to. Be Blessed for all your service.
Love in JESUS,
Gib and Sue