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Prayer Points: Unfinished Business in Gokwe, Zimbabwe

July 01, 2024

We are headed to Gokwe, Zimbabwe, again! Although we held a successful Outreach there just last fall, we believe the Lord has “unfinished business” for us there among the Lemba Jewish people and their neighbors. On the last day of that previous Clinic, we had to leave many potential patients unseen. So, we can’t wait to return and treat more of those in such great need. And even though new congregations were planted last year, we believe there is an opportunity for even more.

Several other noteworthy elements of this Outreach include:

  • A larger than usual number of Jewish Voice Ministries staff members are going
  • Several “next generation” teens are also going to serve, whose parents are engaged in Messianic Jewish ministry
  • A team of about a dozen people from a ministry in Israel will be ministering together on this Outreach
  • About two dozen first-time Outreach volunteers are joining us, along with another dozen who have been with us before
  • In total, this will be our largest team of international Outreach Partners since before COVID-19

We’re excited to see what the Lord will do during this second Outreach to Gokwe, Zimbabwe. And we are very excited to include YOU on the Outreach team – through your prayers. We take nothing for granted but bathe everything in prayer. Please join us.

Ways to Pray for the Gokwe Zimbabwe Outreach

You can use the daily prayer guide below as you pray. And please commit to a specific time slot to pray for us from home during the Outreach. SIGN UP HERE on our Prayer Schedule, referring to the dates below.

Here are the ways you can pray for us on this Gokwe, Zimbabwe, Outreach, July 11 – 21, 2024.

Before the Outreach

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

Isaiah 40:3 NKJV

Wednesday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 10

  • That all preparations, such as VISAS and medical supplies, are entirely in place and received with favor by local leaders
  • Campsite and Clinic readiness (the conditions will be rustic), team unity and community relationships
  • Word to get out regarding the return of our Medical Clinic so that right from the start on Sunday, July 14, we will serve as many as possible each day
  • An important request: The Lord to prepare our way through tremendous and lasting favor with local officials and community leaders
  • Spiritual forces of darkness to flee, making way for the King of Glory to come with salvation, healing and deliverance as the Lord prepares the spiritual atmosphere and hearts of the people

Thursday – Friday, July 11 – 12

  • Protection, health, safety and favor as our team and partners prepare and travel
  • Family members back home and all that pertains to them
  • Smooth travel and all luggage to arrive on time in good condition
  • Safe travel, especially during the rugged six-to-seven-hour drive to the Clinic location on Saturday
  • Fellowship and unity to begin and deepen during these first few days, including the Erev Shabbat dinner on Friday night

Saturday, July 13

  • All medical resources to be fully set up and ready for patients in the small, primitive clinic we will be using
  • Clear and effective trainings and orientations for the medical and dental personnel, as well as Outreach and Spiritual Care Ministry partners
  • The Lord to oversee the weather throughout the week it will likely be warm during the day and cool at night

During the Outreach

“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,”

Luke 4:18

Sunday, July 14

  • Everything to be in place and for a smooth “opening day” as we begin to serve the community Sunday, with many being quick to come and receive care so our lines are full all week
  • Local workers, chosen by the Lord, to not only be a blessing as they serve but to be blessed and saved
  • Many from the community to come for care and receive salvation as well
  • The Word of God to go forth swiftly, accompanied by miracles, signs and wonders

Monday, July 15

  • The Lord to give our team wisdom, favor, discernment, and protection regarding any local or unique factors pertaining to this location, conditions, or time frame, including some darker elements in the local spiritual climate
  • Great unity, love and fellowship among all team members and partners that testify of Yeshua (Jesus) to all in the community
  • For the Messianic Jewish Believers who will be speaking with and praying for people in the Spiritual Care Tent to be used by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) in seeing salvations, healing and deliverances
  • The Zehra Kids Program both at the Clinic site and during school visits to leave a lasting and eternal impact on the community’s children and families through truth, joy, salvation, and love

Tuesday, July 16

  • Protection, strategy, and divine encounters for the Living Waters team as they bring LifeStraws® and the Good News of Jesus to nearby communities and schools
  • The wonderful and weighty presence of the Lord to anoint and refresh our whole team during daily morning prayer times
  • Divine encounters in the community leading to openness to the Good News and many salvations
  • The Lord’s mighty protection covering the entire Outreach and all involved from any spiritual or natural interference

Wednesday, July 17

  • Glorious worship times with the Lemba choir, especially during the Wednesday evening service, bringing renewal to the team, delighting the Lord, and sending the powers of darkness to flight
  • The Lord to move powerfully through the Gospel and the ministry of the Holy Spirit
  • Effective medical and dental care and healing to take place, including supernaturally as a testimony of God’s power and love

Thursday, July 18

  • The ability to treat as many patients as possible on the last day of the Outreach, which is planned as a half-day
  • Order and shalom to reign as we pay local workers and close the patient lines
  • Safety and efficiency in closing the Clinic and packing up equipment and supplies

Friday, July 19

  • Safe travel once more on rough roads
  • A relaxing day celebrating all the Lord has done and ending the week in fellowship with one another
  • Each one to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
  • A blessed Erev Shabbat dinner with testimonies of the Lord’s goodness

After the Outreach

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of [Messiah] Jesus.

 Philippians 1:4–6

Saturday – Sunday, July 20 - 21 and beyond

  • Safe travels home and a special outpouring of grace for everyone who served through this Outreach by honoring the Lord and loving the Gokwe community
  • The Lord to continue breaking ground for the Good News of Yeshua in the Gokwe region, bringing a great movement of His Holy Spirit among these dear people
  • Effective and timely follow-up to all who want to hear more about Jesus
  • The Lord to continue establishing His Kingdom in Zimbabwe and developing healthy congregations

Let’s Pray

Lord, thank You that You are the God of second chances! Even though our first Outreach in Gokwe was effective, we truly sense that You have more work that You desire to do through us to bring blessing in this region. Pour out Your Spirit and bring great and lasting evidence of Your saving, healing and delivering power. You do mighty miracles, and we pray that Your power displayed in Gokwe will bring eternal fruit. In Yeshua’s name, AMEN.

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