I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but my husband and I are beginning our ministry with Child Evangelism Fellowship. We printed a TON of prayer cards and sent them to everyone we knew. We hoped and prayed that people would use those cards, remember us in prayer, and partner with us in reaching the children of our area with the Gospel of Christ.
Sadly, I know that some of those cards ended up in the trash. Even though we don't throw prayer cards from our missionary friends in the trash, they all would make their way to a French bulletin board in the hallway where I would see them occasionally and pray for our partners in ministry. I always felt convicted that I needed to do more, but I didn't know what that would look like or how I could make it work in our family life.
Then I received an email from a missionary family we support. They pray for us on the same day of every month (they pray for their SUPPORTERS!) and have a scrapbook of thirty-one people so they just do one each day. I can pray for one missionary or supporter a day! That's feasible! Caleb would love to see the pictures and pray with me at the breakfast table. We've always wanted our children to have a close connection with those in the mission field. How better to build that connection than through prayer? Plus, we're excited that our children will be praying for those who support our ministry in prayer and giving.
So started a new family tradition. (Notice the GIANT cup of coffee with pumpkin spice creamer in the foreground.) Yesterday, I took down the board and put all the pictures of loved ones/missionaries/supporters into a Creative Memories album I received when Caleb was born. Sorry, Misty. I'm more of a blogger than a scrapper. ;-) We have twenty-four slots in the album so we'll just rotate through people as often as we can in a year. That means that all our missionaries will be intentionally prayed for at least once a month. Plus, the album stands up so we can see and be praying for that family throughout the day.
This morning over our cereal and OJ, we prayed for friends that are serving the Lord in Texas. Excited to see who we'll life up to the Father tomorrow with our oatmeal and milk.