Prepare Your Heart

This past Sunday marked the beginning of the Advent season, a time of preparation for the birth of Christ. I spent the weekend decorating my house, both inside and outside. At church, we adorned the sanctuary with wreaths, garlands, holly and ivy, poinsettias and Chrismons during the traditional Hanging of the Green service. It's even beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the national WMU building!

Yet, just as we decorate our homes, churches and offices for this special season of the year, we should also prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child into the world. A meaningful way to do this is by participating in the Week of Prayer for International Missions from December 3–10.

Throughout the week, pray for missionaries around the world as they share the good news of Jesus with all the nations. Visit this page on the International Mission Board's website for more details about the missionaries, as well as specific prayer requests for each day:

Day 1: The Bagby Family in Nepal
Day 2: Muslims in Russia
Day 3: The Jones Family in Japan
Day 4: Todd Beel and His Team of 12 in Mexico City
Day 5: The Forgotten Refugee
Day 6: The Mikeska Family in London
Day 7: What God Has Done
Day 8: Why Prayer Matters

You can also empower international missions efforts with your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO). Your giving enables missionaries to share the love of Jesus with people all over the world. The LMCO goal for this year is $160 million. Collectively, our small gifts toward the LMCO goal can work together to do immeasurable things for His kingdom. Prayerfully consider additional ways in which you can be a part of ministering to the unreached.

Mark this week in a special way on your calendar. Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or a reminder in your phone. Whatever it takes, join other Christians in prayer to advance His gospel among all nations. Through this time of intentional and focused prayer, prepare your heart to receive the gift of Baby Jesus and the salvation He has made available to the world. In doing so, you become part of God's perfect plan for the world!


Melissa Whetstone serves as the GA editor at national WMU. As the mom to three busy boys, she loves spending time with "her girls" each week as she leads GA at her church.


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