Here's what I'm praying for, though obviously we'd covet prayer for whatever God brings to mind.
- One of the local students forgot that he was to lead devotions on Friday morning, so he asked John to lead. John took the invaluable opportunity to lay open the second chapter of Ephesians and explicitly convey the Gospel for these guys, who he's been building relationships with for the last four weeks. Please pray that God would break down any obstacles between them coming to know Jesus Christ, and that He would be working on their hearts while John and Patrick (the eMi Canada staffer who's taught the class) are there to talk with them. Pray for critical conversations to take place and flourish: "keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:18-19).
- I'm praying for protection--specifically from disease, insects, animals (i.e. snakes...)--as these guys tramp around in 500 acres of African bush for a week and a half. After seeing some of my friends come home with malaria or digestive issues and John come home with a fever--in addition to the sheer fatigue--I realize that the aftermath of these trips can be just as complicated.
- I'm also praying for perseverance. This is a long time for an introvert to be with people, a handful of whom don't walk with God, in the wilderness and sun with foreign food. John's continued to amaze me here, and I see that as great evidence of God's grace.