3 things I prayed for on my run today:
1. For my little village of Riedlingen and specifically my landlord that they may see God’s glory and believe.
2. For my Aunt’s visit with me (happening now) to be good for her and I.
3. For the leadership training I’m going to in just over a week that it be productive and insightful.
I didn’t want to run today because it was stinking hot, but I did because I want this to become my norm. Not because I need running to be my norm, but because I felt a need to have quiet, His quiet, and to pray.
3 things I prayed for on my run today:
- For my friend’s son David to find a couple of good friends.
- For my sister Kim’s upcoming marriage to be for His glory and that alone!
- To submit my fear and impatience to Him.
IFree you would like me to pray for you on my next run, leave a comment here or on Instagram (@jacobjcoon). I’d love to be praying for you!
So, I’m trying something new. I tend to try new things a lot, and then I let them slide, but I am really hoping to do this on a regular basis. The idea was inspired by my good friend who would post a picture of something from his run, which mostly ended up being his sweaty face in a post-run selfie, and then posted what he thought about while running. I tend to listen to music while running, but instead what I decided to try is to take a picture while running, who knows what of, and then post on Instagram and maybe here too, but I was praying about while running.
The goal isn’t for me to boast about my prayer life, because there are far more things in my life worthy of boasting about before my prayer life, but rather it is for people to see that they are being prayed for and to keep me accountable to myself to pray while I run. What else do I have to do?
So, my goal is to pray and then post about three things while I run. Most likely it will be the first half of my run, because the second half is typically only one prayer…”please God, let me keep breathing.”
So here was yesterday’s run and prayers. I hope you enjoy these! I may not post them on the blog every time (unless you all really like them), but you can always find them on my Instagram (@jacobjcoon).
3 things I prayed for on today’s run:
1. For my two brand new nieces
2. Joshua’s Eagle Scout project
3. For me to know Him better and for Him to grow in my life.
As I try to figure out exactly how this next set of Prayer Mondays will work, I want to show you a video that GEM has put together to show some information about this movement called 50 in 5. Last week you got to read some about the movement, this week you get to watch something and hopefully next week I will start covering the cities that GEM is currently targeting.
Last week I finished looking at the countries that GEM is involved in but starting this week I want to start looking at the cities that GEM is targeting over the next 5 years. Below is just an initial informational posting that is straight from GEM’s website. This week I am asking for you to pray for the 50 in 5 initiative in general and over the next 50 weeks I am hoping to get some on-the-field insight from missionaries who are already in the field in these cities. Here is what GEM has to say about the 50 in 5 initiative:
50 cities: one life at a time. One of our teams was praying and sharing about their experience with Jesus among people living in a major European city. “Sahim” (not his real name) was from a war-torn country in North Africa. He interrupted before they could even finish their explanation of the gospel and declared his faith in Jesus.
“Sahim” immediately began sharing what had been shared with him and led two other immigrants to follow the Lord. The news continued to spread through family lines and over a dozen people got to hear about the life-changing power of Jesus from “Sahim’.
Europe: a channel for the gospel? Europe’s economics, education, politics, philosophies and culture shape modern life and thought. Europe’s cities, through their diverse populations and activities, produce connections with individuals and cultures from around the world. But imagine what would happen if that influence could be harnessed to extend God’s Kingdom.
We believe that the best way to do this is by igniting discipleship movements in 50 key cities in the next 5 years that will spread the gospel of the Kingdom relationally through Europe and advance God’s Kingdom throughout the world.
What is the end-vision for the 50 in 5 initiative? Over the next 5 years, we are praying that God will launch a movement of reproducing disciples and churches in Europe’s key cities, four or more generations deep. This movement will spill over into neighboring regions, countries and literally around the globe.
How can you join God in one of Europe’s cities? Please prayerfully seek God’s leading about how you can get involved and support His work in Europe. Join us in prayer, on the ground in Europe, or as a ministry partner supporting the efforts of others. We join with you in praying that God will speak clearly to your heart, and we look forward to the possibility of serving together in this next season of harvest for Europe.
United Kingdom consists of two main islands: Britain and the northeast of Ireland. A union of four countries: England 103,400 sq km, Scotland 78,800 sq km, Wales 20,800 sq km, Northern Ireland 14,100 sq km. Also three small autonomous states that are dependencies of the British Crown: Isle of Man 588 sq km (in the Irish Sea); Channel Islands 194 sq km (Guernsey, Jersey).
When I started reading about the United Kingdom, I was really shocked at the numbers. Only 60% are Christians and of those 8.8% of Evangelicals. Since the United Kingdom is made of four countries, I thought I would put all four Prayercast videos on my blog today and let them speak for themselves. The videos will give you some ideas of what you can be praying for, but revival is definitely one of them.
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Ukraine, a former member of the communist USSR, achieved it’s independence in 1991. It is a country of just under 48.5 million people. Of those 48.5 million people around 79% claim to be followers of Christ while just under 4% claim to be evangelicals. Since 1991 it has been a struggle to take advantage of it’s economic resources. There has been a rapid increase in alcoholism and the number infected with the AIDS virus.
While Chernobyl seems like a distant memory to most people in the past, it still very much is influencing the lives of those in Ukraine. Even though it occurred in 1986 it is still impacting the environment and causing disease and death.
There is hope though, for sure. Ukraine was once considered the “Bible belt” of the former Soviet Union, but major persecution of the church occurred during Soviet rule. The perseverance of believers through that persecution and oppression has paid off as there is a new spiritual ambition and vision that has not been seen before in Ukraine. A blossoming of agencies also followed independence with Ukrainians now working in outreach (evangelism, literature, media), with children (in summer camps and schools), and especially in humanitarian work (with prisoners, hospitals, orphanages and soup kitchens). Pentecostals/charismatics and Baptists minister both within Ukraine and without, sending missionaries to other former Soviet states
Please join me in praying for:
- Those affected by Chernobyl.
- Forgiveness towards the communists.
- The continued missions work, both in and outside of their country.
- The different churches to come together and work towards a common goal of seeing others come to Christ.
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