SIM’s motto is “By Prayer” because we believe that our ministries cannot succeed without God’s help and blessing. Your prayer partnership with us is vital.
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Ways to Pray for Your Missionary

Missionaries all write regular prayer letters, so why not ask to receive them? They will keep you up to date with their work and personal needs—their joys, disappointments, and hopes. Working as a missionary can be lonely, so pray both regularly and specifically for their needs.
Pray that your missionary friends will feel at home in a new country, culture, and climate.

Pray for their children, for good friendships; particularly if they attend school in a different country. Ask God to give parents and children peace about being apart.

Pray that the whole family will joyfully serve the Lord together. Pray for God’s provision and care for their elderly or frail parents back home.

Pray for the realities of being away from extended families (their own parents and siblings), and that they will be able to enjoy those links despite the distance.

If the missionary is single, pray for good, sustaining friendships, for happy holiday times, and for opportunities to relax and unwind.

Pray for couples to have healthy, strong, and growing marriages, and that they will model faithfulness and godliness in their relationships.

Pray for your missionary friends when it’s time to adjust to life back in their own country. Pray that as they visit churches and supporters they would build strong links and renew relationships.

Pray for good relationships with local Christian leaders and with fellow workers, some of whom may come from different cultures and countries.

Learning a new language, understanding its nuances, and being able to communicate take time. Pray against setbacks and discouragement. Pray for wise and encouraging language helpers.

Pray for political stability and freedom to preach the gospel in the country where they work. Find out as much as you can about that country by following current news, and get background knowledge from Operation World or from their mission agency. Ask your missionary friends if there are particular books that will help you understand their context.
Pray for the spiritual growth of pastors and for their ability to teach, preach, disciple and witness. Pray for vision and for love, and that they will have the resources they need. Pray for Christians to be “salt and light” in their neighborhoods, society, and government, and for good relationships with those of other faiths.
Start or join a prayer group. Sign up to receive prayer updates from your missionary’s sending organization. If you are part of a small group or Bible study, consider sharing these requests when you gather together.
The apostle Paul was a pioneer missionary who relied on others to pray for him. Pray as he prayed.

For boldness
“Pray… that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel… Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Ephesians 6:19, 20).

For Opportunity and clarity
“Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ… Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should” (Colossians 4:3, 4).

For protection
“Pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:2–3).

For their spiritual walk
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

With thanksgiving
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).