Encouraging Prayer for Missionaries
Since the College’s beginning in 1974, Mission Prayer Band has reminded students of the importance of missions. Earlier this semester, over 425 students gathered in the Dale Horton Auditorium to hear Dr. Reese share how God had worked through the Youth Outreach Ministry 2014 summer missions team to Ghana, West Africa.
“Never underestimate the power of prayer,” said the team’s volunteer leader. “Each year, we see the Lord move in unusual ways as team members take this special faith journey and see God provide in wonderful ways.”
This year was no exception. Team members watched as God supplied the funds to go on the missions trip. One member from Malaysia who had difficulties obtaining her visa for Ghana received her stamped passport the day the team left the country. “What a blessing to experience this direct answer to prayer,” said Dr. Reese. God had supplied exactly what this team member needed, exactly when she needed it.
While on the trip, the team saw the Lord hold back the rain and supply a beautiful starlit evening for an open-air meeting where over 250 villagers heard a gospel presentation, and many responded to the salvation invitation.
One missions team member testified that he had listened to the missions team members’ accounts of God’s provision in Mission Prayer Band the previous year. Now, he too had experienced God’s faithfulness. Based on his experiences in Ghana, he felt the Lord calling him to return there as a medical missionary.
During Mission Prayer Band, the team members assembled onstage in colorful Ghanaian dress and sang a song in the Twi language. Dr. Reese hoped this visual representation would encourage the students to uplift Ghana in prayer and specifically asked students to pray for power, provision, purity, and partners in Ghana.