Pastoral Family Care/Prayer Walking
(Kathie Aiken, BOM)
Various Areas, West Virginia
Small teams of 2-8 are needed to encourage and support pastor’s families, as well as prayer walk in strategic Appalachian communities, The work of these pastors and church planters is challenging. Progress is slow, and often discouraging. Many of these families have young children, some with special needs. Intentional prayer and care are very important to these pastor’s families. Teams will work alongside an established congregation in the region that has committed to encouraging the smaller churches. The team will strategically prayer walk targeted towns daily. They will also prepare and bring small encouragement gifts and prepare meals for the family. Perhaps they can babysit children while the pastor and his wife go out on a date. While in the area, the team may assist the pastor’s family with community outreach events. After leaving the town, the team should continue to pray specifically for the pastor’s family, send cards of encouragement, emails or texts. This long-term encouragement could make the difference in the pastor’s family remaining steadfast in sharing Christ in their church and community. Materials cost could include: Gift cards, small bags of gifts of encouragement for members of the family. Prayer walking training materials for team if needed are highly recommended prior to trip. Need volunteers for this who are passionate for encouragement and prayer, and good listeners. Team will need to provide their own transportation. Housing may be found at local churches, motels, homes and/or local retreat center. Kitchens are available for team’s use. Restaurants are also available. Requestor will work with team in putting together a successful ministry plan. Note: Teams working with children and youth will be responsible for conducting professional background checks on all members over the age of 18. Team leader will be sent information from BOM concerning options for this.
Length of assignment: 5-7 Days
Preferred Dates: May - October 2023
Costs: Travel to Appalachia, food, lodging. Gifts for pastor’s family