New Zealand, TaupoKeep us in your thoughts and prayers this weekend as there is much need. Ask God what to pray for as He may lay one of these sites specifically on your heart. Or, God may lay one of the GLS-wide areas of need on your heart. Here are just a few of our specific needs.
New Zealand, Whangarei
South Africa, Johannesburg
United Kingdom, Belfast
United Kingdom, Bracknell
United Kingdom, Bristol
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
United Kingdom, London - Orpington
United Kingdom, Stafford
Attendees: Pray that God would open the hearts and minds of all the attendees, that they would be open and receptive to the leadings and promptings of the spirit.
Programming and production: Ask that God would use the programs to prepare the soil of these leaders' hearts. Ask that the worship would glorify God and lift the attendees' eyes to Him. Prayer is needed for seamless transitions, and for tech support that enhances the programming without distracting with glitches and problems. Our desire at the GLS is to create an environment where God can move. Tech can either support that tremendously or detract with issues in execution or equipment.
Facilitator: The facilitator is a key GLS role who guides the discussion of the content the attendees will take in during the GLS. He guides the moments during the GLS sessions when attendees will have heard impactful sessions and need to further digest with their teams what they have learned. Pray that the facilitator would be open and authentic in their comments. Ask for intuitive discernment to ask the right questions and to prompt the right discussions for the context of that country.
GLS teams: Several of our teams, including a team who GLS run begins this weekend, have sent requests regarding unusually tumultuous events in their lives; whether personal, relating directly to the GLS, reports of natural disaster - as in the Philippines, or political unrest as in Honduras. Every year around GLS time, there is an unusual rise in disrupting issues such as these going on with our teams around the world.
"For we know our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12
The GLS serves international church and business leaders, some of whom work in impossibly difficult circumstances. Corrupt governments, the lack of resources we in the US can't even imagine, political oppression, limited access to training, and cultures completely resistant to the Gospel is just an example of the struggles our delegates work against. Our prayer is that God will use the GLS to uplift, inspire and train these leaders. Hope, however, is at a premium in these countries. These leaders need it desperately. Hope that God can move and work in and through them. The GLS gives hope. Our prayer is that God will unleash that and more in these next few weeks.