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FIRST-PERSON: Now more than ever, pray

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Throughout my years of involvement with Woman’s Missionary Union, missionaries have repeatedly shared with me how much they depend on our prayers. As the tragic reports came in Dec. 30 from Yemen, I was reminded that now more than ever, it is critical that we support our missionaries, lifting them up in prayer daily.

Praying for and supporting missionaries has always been at the very core of WMU. For 114 years, WMU members of all ages have prayed for missionaries in their meetings and worship, as well as during their personal quiet times. God can accomplish his work without us, but he chooses to work through us when we are faithful to pray and to share our resources on behalf of others. What a privilege to be personally involved in the support of missionaries through prayer! As you remember the faithful men and women who are obedient to God’s calling on their lives, never forget that praying for missionaries is one of the most important things we can do.

In addition to praying, let me encourage you to intentionally learn more about missions. Missions is what God does in his world through his children. To be prepared for God to work in our lives, study and awareness of his world is necessary. As we expand our horizons, we can better see God’s plan for reaching the world and our personal role in his plan. The more we learn, the more specific our praying will be as we support worldwide missions efforts.

While we mourn the deaths of Martha Myers, Bill Koehn and Kathy Gariety, let us remember the undying love and compassion they selflessly extended to a lost world. With perseverance, commitment and dedication, their work and ministry undoubtedly made an eternal impact on the Yemeni people they loved so dearly. As our work continues in Yemen and many other areas, let me encourage you to pray fervently for missionaries, their families and the people they serve. Give thanks to God for those who have committed their lives to serve him and commit yourself to becoming a lifelong missions learner and supporter.
Lee is executive director/treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union.