Fans and friends of Belmont women’s basketball can play a vital role in the team’s trip to Rio de Janeiro next week without a single passport stamp. The group has started a prayer circle and has invited all who are interested in supporting the mission trip and the team members to join in.
The travel party’s adopted scripture for the duration of the trip is the Prayer of Jabez (I Chronicles 4:10). Chosen for its plea of protection to the Lord, the scripture specifically speaks to expansion and blessings, which in turn keeps the group focused on maintaining open hearts and minds to not only impact the people they come in contact with in Rio but also be changed themselves.
The team has compiled a list of 22 prayer targets that cover a range of things from the travel party to witnessing opportunities, translators, safety and more. Members of the prayer circle are encouraged to pray where they are led. The list of prayer targets is below:
• 24 Team Members – Spiritual Preparation
• Logistics, plans, and details of a mission of this magnitude
• Safety in travel – air and ground transportation
• Cultural adjustment; adaptability and flexibility
• Safety in ministry – Physical Safety – Injury-free basketball time
• Spiritual Walk – total dependence on God and open to His divine leadership
• A Positive Attitude
• Good Health – freedom from illness as we adapt to change in food and eating habits
• “Christlikeness” – friendly smile; gentle, caring and loving spirit; a personal touch; humility; a “light” giving hope in darkness
• Rio Basketball Teams we play and after-game sharing of testimonies and the gospel
• Divine Appointments – witnessing opportunities
• BOLDNESS in sharing the gospel
• A “servant’s heart” for each team member
• “JOY” in the journey
• Communities in which we will work – where they have little exposure to the Gospel
• Pastors, Churches, and Lay Leaders where clinics and opportunities for witnessing will take place
• Pastor Douglas who has taken the lead in planning our itinerary. He will be using our ministry to help establish a new church plant.
• Translators who faithfully walk beside team members
• Sharon Fairchild, retired missionary from Brazil, who is helping lead this mission
• “Fun” in site-seeing!
• A “life-changing” experience for each team member
• Players and Coaches to find a deeper level of meaning and purpose in the game of basketball
Belmont women’s basketball thanks everyone in advance for their prayers and especially those who choose to join the prayer circle, for partnering in this special way for the trip. Each of you are a vital member of the team and ministry in Rio de Janeiro.
If you desire to cover the travel party in prayer individually, below is the complete travel party to assist you as you pray for the Rio Mission Trip:
Lindy La Rocque