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I know that there are many Christians all around the world who pray for their missionaries, and I know that many of those prayer warriors are senior citizens. I could tell you about an 85 year-old man in Southern California who prays for us all the time. I could tell you about a grandmother in Northern California who for many years prayed and fasted specifically for our ministry on the first Wednesday of every month. I could tell you about another grandmother in Mississippi who prays for us and writes us emails to tell us that she is praying. I could tell of another man in his 80's who lives in Colorado and prays for us every day. I'm so thankful for these praying friends.
I got an email today from my mom, and she shared something with me that made me cry. We have a senior citizen lady in our home church who is one of these faithful prayer partners like the ones mentioned above. My mom prints off our email updates for her, and she gets very excited to receive them. Today my mom told me that this dear lady keeps a list of all the names of the people for whom I request prayer, and then she crosses them off when she hears that they got saved! She told my mom recently that as a result of reading the updates and praying for the requests, she feels like she has been to Cambodia!
That got me thinking...I wonder how many Christians will never have the privilege of visiting a foreign mission field in person. Perhaps you are tied down with work or other commitments. Perhaps you cannot financially afford it. Perhaps you, like some of these seniors above, are in poor health and are physically unable to make such a long trip. Some may even be confined to a bed or a wheelchair. And yet, just because you cannot take a trip to the mission field in person doesn't mean you can't go there in prayer. This precious senior saint in our church said that because of her deep interest and her daily intercession, she feels like she has been here. And I suppose in a sense...she has.
Find a place to get alone with God and travel to the mission field of your choice today!