How to Pray for Missionaries
Ø Their personal needs
Ø Pray that your friends will feel at home in a new country, culture and climate.
Ø Pray for their children, particularly if they are at school in a different country.
Ø Pray for happy family times together, and for the children to love and serve the Lord.
Ø Pray that they won't resent being separated from their parents, and that the parents won't fret about their children.
Ø Pray for elderly or frail parents back home and for those who support them. Ask that God would look after them during your friends' absence.
Ø If the missionary is single, feelings of loneliness and isolation may creep in. Pray for good, sustaining friendships, for holiday arrangements and time to relax and unwind.
Ø Pray for your friends when it's time to adjust back to life in their own country. Pray that as they visit churches and supporters they would build strong links and renew relationships.
Ø Pray for good relationships with national Christian leaders and with fellow workers, some of whom may come from different cultures and countries.
Ø Grasping the language takes time. Pray as your friends learn a new language, understand its nuances and attempt to communicate. Pray against setbacks and discouragement.
Ø Pray for their language helpers; people with the courage to correct and advise, and who will encourage your friends in their work.
Christians rethink child discipline
Friends and Family is a Christian organisation consisting of parents and others working with children. They work in support of decently ordered family life as taught in the Bible and they co-operate with all who are able to support this aim.
This is what they stand for:
On parenting and the law in general we believe
That parents are responsible to God for the instruction and discipline of their children. That children are bound to obey their parents where they not contradict the teaching of God's Word. That parents, especially fathers, are not to provoke and frustrate their children by harsh and unreasonable treatment. That all parental action should be an outworking of love for God and the child. That the civil authorities are duty bound to intervene in family life only when injury or damage has been done or is likely to be done to a child.
Their Position Statement on Corporal Discipline
That God commands parents to use corporal correction carefully, lovingly and appropriately in the training of their children.
That where appropriate corporal correction is accompanied by advice and rebuke and set in a loving family context it is in the best interests of the child, the parents and the family as a whole.
That the use of an implement is sanctioned and commanded in the Bible as an appropriate means for the physical punishment of older children.
Any use of corporal discipline that does not have the best interests of the child at heart and which is selfishly used to vent the frustration or anger of the parent.
The unwise use of corporal punishment which by negligence or malice causes or is likely to cause physical or other injury to the child.
The "no-smacking policies" of children's rights advocates who by these means ensure that children are not properly taught the self-discipline and sense of accountability they need to have.
We call upon:
The government to respect the religious and philosophical views of those who believe in the use of corporal punishment including those who believe that it is right to use an implement.
Children's Welfare Groups to concentrate on working with damaged children and not to trivialise the real abuse of these children by equating it with smacking in the context of a normal loving family setting.
Churches and Christian leaders to uphold and teach what the Bible says about God's intention for family life in general and about the appropriate and loving use of corporal discipline in particular