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Preparing for STMs with Prayer

David Nakhla

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Col 4:2 (ESV)

The importance of prayer is not something we dispute in our circles. Yet, too often, prayer is the last thing on our “to do” list. For those preparing to participate in short-term missions (STM) in the OPC this summer, prayer ought to be a vital component of the planning process. Our churches, too, can be actively involved in this important preparatory work as they anticipate sending out STM teams.

One missions organization (SIM-USA) offers the following list of prayer requests for Short-Term Missions participants:

Safety Issues:

Growth Issues:

Ministry Issues:

Printable Prayer Guide:

Visit for a link to a printable version of this list including full Scripture references: “Scripture Prayer Guide Using the Word of God to Pray for Short-Term Missionaries.”

David Nakhla, OPC Short-Term Missions Coordinator


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