Prayer for “Boxes of Hope”

As many of you know this Christmas and holiday season we debuted our Boxes of Hope program, designed to provide mothers in crisis who come to the drop box in need of help with tangible resources. Already, you have helped us distribute dozens of these boxes and in doing so have made a tremendous impact in the lives of mothers and their children.

In addition to practical resources like diapers, bottles, and baby clothes, each box contains a brochure that is intended to offer something beyond the physical goods — hope.

Please join us as we pray for all of the mothers who have received a box and all those who will receive one in the future. Ask that God would show a glimpse of his incredible love for them through these gifts and that each mother would be encouraged in their journey of single motherhood. That they would all see and know their value and purpose.

Pray that these boxes would play a part in leading the mothers to Christ.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:3

Orphan Sunday 2014 Prayer

Today is Orphan Sunday - an incredibly important day when churches and organizations stand together with a unified voice for orphans around the world. We are reminded of our responsibility to care for the fatherless in deed and prayer. 

We ask that you would join us in praying boldly for orphans around the world - for their protection, safety, and care. Ask the Lord to provide the love all children need - that they would find families to care for them. Pray that their practical needs would be met - food, clothing, protection and medical attention. Call upon God the defender of the weak and fatherless to intervene and reveal himself to orphans everywhere.

Pray that we all would look to the love of our heavenly Father and examples like Pastor Lee to continue to embrace our responsibly of caring for orphans. Lastly, give thanks to the Lord for his adopting love which saw you as a desperate orphan in need of a loving father and saved you.

We also ask that you continue to pray specifically for Pastor Lee, his family, and the children that come through his home.  Please pray that these children would find families who can care for them and raise them in loving homes. Ask that God would compel moms and dads to provide whatever they can for the fatherless children of the world, whether that is through adoption, financial support, or other means.  Finally, pray that these children would experience the adopting love of God and be transformed by His love.

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5

Prayer for the Abandoned in America

While abandonment is certainly occurring all over the world, it’s sometimes easy to forget that it’s happening here in the U.S. 

This week, we were reminded of that reality when a 13-year-old mother left her newborn baby inside a dumpster in Merced, CA. The baby, who was discovered by a passerby collecting recyclables, still had her umbilical cord attached and was covered in trash. By the grace of God, she survived. 

Today, we ask that you pray for this precious baby girl. Ask God to protect her and provide her with a loving family. Pray that she would grow up knowing God’s love and her importance to Him.

Additionally, pray for her biological mother. Ask God to show her His love as well and meet all of her needs, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. After all, she is only a child herself.

Finally, pray for all of the mothers and children in crisis all around the U.S. Pray that God would surround them with love and support and that no baby would ever be abandoned.

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.Psalm 27:10

Happy Birthday Pastor Lee!

Since 1987, Pastor Lee Jong-rak has prayed for, rescued, and adopted the world's forgotten and discarded children. He has helped mend broken families, wept with unwed mothers in crisis, and has courageously defended the defenseless. 

But the reason why the world has turned its attention to Pastor Lee this year is not because he's charismatic, justice-minded, or interesting. It's not because he's a compelling orator or a young visionary. 

In fact, today he turns 60. 

The world turns because Pastor Lee seems free. 

In a generation that talks a lot about freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want, Pastor Lee shows us that true freedom isn't found in pursuing your own happiness and comfort, but in emptying yourself for others. 

Not just the people who are easy to love, but the difficult people, the disabled people, the lost people.

That is, after all, exactly how God has loved us. 

Today, please pray a prayer of thanks for Pastor Lee and his legacy, that he feels encouraged and loved today, and that God would continue to guide and sustain him.

Happy birthday, Pastor Lee