Pray for Guadeloupe on Sunday, November 2, 2014
Prayers for Guadeloupe
Loving, creator God,
Today we give thanks for our partner, the Reformed Protestant Church of Guadeloupe, and our neighbors in Guadeloupe. We give you thanks for their servant hearts as they work with our brothers and sisters in Guadeloupe, particularly those who are in jail or re-entering life outside of jail. God, today we especially pray that:
- The church will continue to serve the prison population with courage, strength, perseverance, and joy.
- The church will find positive, helpful ways to help ex-prisoners reintegrate back into society.
- The church will establish fruitful partnerships with other local organizations who are also serving vulnerable populations.
- The church will reach new people and new populations who might be thirsty for the love and peace of Christ.
We know that all of these things can be done in your name, O God, our great instructor. Please continue to guide and bless our brothers and sisters in Guadeloupe as they step out in faith and service with humility.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Guadeloupe
Being in prison can be a lonely, difficult thing.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of the prisons in Guadeloupe as part of the chaplaincy ministry of the Reformed Protestant Church of Guadeloupe and their missional organization, Men a Lespwa (Hand of Hope). Their work in the prisons is one of the main pillars of their mission.
During the visit, I had the opportunity to sit and meet with Madame Smith*, a prisoner whom I had met with before. She and I talked about all kinds of things – about her children and how much she missed them, about playing volleyball as a mental escape, about building a friendship with another prisoner who was also a mother, and about reading the Bible for strength and encouragement. It was a good conversation. It was an honest conversation.
At the end of our time together, before we prayed together and parted ways, she said, “I just want you to know how much your visits mean to me. How much the visits of all of you mean to all of us. These visits may not seem like much, but they feed my soul. Thank you for being here.”
Please join me today in echoing Madame Smith’s words of thanks for the work and ministry of the Reformed Protestant Church of Guadeloupe and Men a Lespwa. It is life-giving work, and I give thanks for Global Ministries’ continuing partnership that helps to enable this important ministry.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Bethany Guy)
Mission Partner in Guadeloupe:
Protestant Reformed Church of Guadeloupe
More information on Guadeloupe:
Global Ministries Missionary in Guadeloupe/Martinique:
Beth Guy serves as a Global Mission Intern with the Reformed Protestant Church of Guadeloupe..