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It’s Missionary Thursday and today I am praying for one of the missionary families our church sponsors: Ezra and Gioconda Rice in Costa Rica. They work with YWAM (Youth With a Mission), also known as University of the Nations. I didn’t get in touch with them for a specific prayer update for today, but this morning I was searching them online and found this inspiring video about some of the work YWAM in Costa Rica recently participated in related to food scarcity and loss of income during the pandemic. Shot 2020-07-30 at 12.18.50 PM546/?vh=e&d=n

After watching the video and thinking with God about the family, here is my prayer:
Help us to be a people of greater generosity 
Help us to remember that generosity begets generosity
Open hands are more able to give and also more able to receive – help me to have open hands regarding all the resources you’ve given me.
Lord I pray for Ezra & Gioconda’s family, ministry, health, sense of purpose right now, and financial provision. Give them wisdom as they parent not only their own kids, but so many of the volunteers with the ministry, and those in the community who see them as spiritual parents and leaders. As so many kids are having difficulty adjusting to the pandemic way of life, I pray their kids would be able to make that adjustment. 

There is also a song I thought of in praying for them today, and I wanted to share it – it’s such a beautiful song, inspired by the blessing the priests were to pray over the people, as recorded in Numbers 6:22-27.

So that is the blessing I pray over not only Ezra & Gioconda, but also over our church and our transition right now: God is for us. He is faithful.