Paul's Prayer Team & Problems with Visitors

Though reading this journal entry most likely means you already feel a burden to pray for God's work around the globe and those who are carrying out his will, here is a quick note of encouragement from the pen of Paul for all of us praying for the Dong people.

Paul writes: "He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result many will give thanks to God because so many people's prayers for our safety have been answered" (2 Cor 1:11).

Our prayers do make a difference. Not only is there is the immediate prayer request for which Paul's prayer team was praying ("the rescue"), but God worked a result beyond what it actually prayed. After the the answer, "many will give thanks to God" when they see these prayers answered. God loves to answer beyond our request.

So not to just talk about prayer and not do it, let us take Paul's prayer need and apply it to the Dong world, for it is quite relavent.

Of the short list of the villages with Dong believers, almost half will not receive any "outside" visitor (not even Dong people from a few villages away). They have been instructed that they are to receive no Christian visitors and are now freightened into a self imposed isolation.
Let us pray that the Lord will rescue our Dong brothers and sisters and bring them to a place of safety, spiritual safety. They need not fear man. Let us ask the Lord to give them a growing sense of joy and peace as they trust in him. They are already geographically isolated, but spiritually they can find a safe place of rest with Jesus Christ.

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