Our staff realizes that our work would not be possible outside of the will and power of our Lord. The intricacies of each adoption story to the ever-changing landscape of international adoption lay in His hands.
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” - Deuteronomy 31:8
We need your prayers.
21 Days of Prayer & Fasting - October 11-21, 2018
Three weeks of consistent behavior change can get you on your way to forming a new habit. That’s why we’ve created an annual 21-Days of Prayer & Fasting: to help our staff, adoptive families and partners to engage in lifting up orphans, adoptions, and adoptive families.
For these 21 days, we want to focus on prayer as a family. You can fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The length, timing, and type of your fast are not important. The purpose will be to strengthen your focus on God, drawing you closer to Him.
This year, our friend Cheri Strange has prepared a 21-one day devotional about understanding the heart of God and His use of people like you to remedy hopeless situations.
Cheri is a Christian author, speaker and America World adoptive mom. God has incredibly led her and her husband to adopt 6 children. Cheri holds a Ph.D. from Baylor University and two degrees from Hardin Simmons University. She has been married for more than 20 years to
Chad; and is the mother of eight children (2 biological, 6 adopted). The Strange family resides in Central Texas with their four dogs and two cats. When Cheri is not writing, teaching or speaking, or playing with the kids, she loves to run and ride roller coasters.
You can download the YouVersion app and search for Cheri’s devotional at YouVersion.com or download it from your app store.
In addition to the devotional, we have 21 prayer requests that we would love you to lift up for us on each of the 21 days.
21 Days Prayer Requests:
Day 1: Please pray that the America World staff would be refreshed and encouraged as we set our focus on the Lord through prayer, scripture and fasting over the next 21 days.
Day 2: Please pray for our China program staff as they continue to adjust to the program’s ever-changing processes and regulations.
Day 3: Please pray for the millions of orphaned children in the United States and across the world who are waiting for forever families.
Day 4: Please pray for the America World adoptive families who are currently waiting for child referrals. Pray that they would walk in faith and with steadfast patience in this difficult season of waiting.
Day 5: Please pray that we would receive good news regarding two major grants.
Day 6: Please pray for our staff during our Day of Hope which will take place this year on December 4th. Pray that the Lord will give us boldness as we share our mission and vision with friends and family.
Day 7: Please pray for good health, easy bonding and travel mercies for all our families who will soon be traveling to bring home their adoptive children.
Day 8: Please pray for grace and humility for India program staff as they work with families. Pray also that God would bring forward families that are open to adopting the many older Indian orphans who have been waiting many years for a family.
Day 9: Please pray for our remaining 2018 missions teams. Pray for safety and for continued opportunities to serve well.
Day 10: Please lift up families who are in crisis or struggling in post-adoption.
Day 11: Please pray that families would rise up and answer the call to adopt.
Day 12: Please pray that God would specifically equip and call many families open to adopting boys, children with special needs, and older children.
Day 13: Please pray for God’s wisdom and direction as America World seeks to open additional adoption programs.
Day 14: Please pray for more sponsor commitments for our Ethiopia City Kids program. Additionally please lift up our continued efforts there with mission trips, partnerships, and domestic adoption programs.
Day 15: Please pray for blessing on families who are in the process of raising the needed funds to cover their adoptions.
Day 16: Please pray for families waiting in the Honduras and Haiti program as their endure long wait times. Pray for peace and perseverance.
Day 17: Please pray for our executive leadership team as they make decisions regarding our agency’s future. Pray that they “do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God” - Micah 6:8.
Day 18: Please pray for our intake staff as they walk through our programs with families beginning their adoption journey.
Day 19: Please pray for mighty, divine provision on our annual Day of Hope. We trust that the Lord will provide exactly what we need.
Day 20: Please pray for post-adoption staff members as they lovingly guide families through joys, difficulties, and successes.
Day 21: Please pray for positive changes in US and International adoption laws. Pray for a change of heart for government officials around the world – that they would understand and see the beauty in God’s design of adoption.