BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO ALL NATIONS DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN OVERSEAS. IT STARTS HERE IN CENTRAL IOWA, in OUR CHURCH, IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS, AND IN OUR HEARTS. GOD DESIRES THAT AS WE ARE BLESSED WE ARE A BLESSING TO THE WORLD IN WHATEVER WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM GOD MIGHT UNIQUELY LEAD US TO.
Jesus called us in Luke 10:2 to pray for laborers in the harvest field. Learn more about ways to pray for the nations and specific people and places Cornerstone is connected to.
Pray for Cornerstone overseas workers
Cornerstone has overseas workers in over 20 countries sent from Cornerstone for the task of proclaiming the Gospel wherever God has placed them worldwide. We desire for each of our people to be prayed for on a regular basis by our people. If you would like to signup for prayer updates to pray for our people individually or as a Connection Group, click the link below to sign up.
Prayer Resources & Ideas
- 10:02 Prayer | Luke 10:2 encourages us to pray for God to raise up laborers for the harvest. Set your smartphone alarm for 10:02 everyday to pray for the nations.
- Prayer Cast | Watch prayer videos for individual countries in your quiet time, with your family before a meal or during your family devotion time on a regular basis. There is also a prayercast app.
- The Joshua Project | The Joshua Project provides a database for unreached people groups. There is also a Joshua Project app that provides daily unreached people groups to pray for.
- Operation World | Operation World has a great website, book, or daily email in which you can prayer for a country a day throughout the year. They also have put out a kid-friendly version called Window on the World.
One of the incredible opportunities we have in America is the thousands of international students that come to study here in Ames, Iowa. 8% of Ames is an international student or professor; 12% of Iowa State. That's 4,000+ students and professors from over 100 countries. The opportunity to be salt and light to the ends of the earth that are actually your real neighbors is an incredible opportunity.
And this is something anyone can do. It can start with being a conversational English partner, befriend an international you meet at the store or on-campus. After trying that, consider hosting and/or leading out in a IFC family group. The International Friendship Connection is one of the best global investments Cornerstone makes and sees regular around 100 students attending the 12+ family groups happening each week. If you're interested in any of these opportunities, contact Eric Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.ifcinfo.com.
Taking the gospel to the nations is not an easy task. As overseas workers go out to proclaim the good news, they often become discouraged and consider quitting. Why? They feel as if they are entirely on their own, without the active support of sending brothers and sisters who can uphold, encourage, provide, and pray for them.
Cornerstone Global's vision is to see each of our overseas workers supported by individuals and Connection Groups who are praying for, communicating with, our overseas workers. If you as an individual or your group be willing to adopt an overseas worker and provide care, here's some next steps:
- Talk it over as a group. Pray about it as a group. Discern your ability and willingness, as a group, to commit the time, energy, resources, and relational investment necessary to love one of our overseas workers well, “in a manner worthy of God” (verse 6).
- Contact the missions team with your interest, and we will help you find an overseas worker family that will be a good fit for your group.
- Designate a person in your group who will be the overseas worker care leader. This person/couple will connect with both the overseas worker family.
- Get started. There are numerous ways you can care for your overseas worker. See some of the ways below or do something creative.
ways you can bless overseas workers
- Prayer | Get prayer requests from your overseas worker either through their updates or through a smaller prayer update, and pray as a group once a month or every couple of months. Check out the Prayer Updates form.
- Communication | Have personal conversations with your overseas worker. Consider a Skype call them once a season or a couple of times a year. Write e-mails or letters once a month or a season.
- Care packages | Commit to send a care package or Amazon gift card to your overseas worker once a year or more.
- Have them visit | When your overseas worker is in the U.S., have them come and visit your group.
- Visit them | Consider having group members visit your overseas worker on the field. People could do this individually or you could do this as a group, if possible.
*Different groups might be able to go above and beyond these ideas listed above, great! Some groups might struggle to pray once a month for their overseas worker. Some overseas workers might want this level of involvement, some might want less. Do what the Lord leads you and your overseas worker to do, but at minimum try to keep up with the overseas worker's updates and pray for them once a month.
Content for this page is based largely the article: Don't Forget About Your Missionaries by Sojourn Church