GPS: God's Positioning System
Where has God placed YOU? Be encouraged that God is using you - right here, right now.
Load your GPS for: Vietnamese Refugees in Cambodia and Taiwan
Isaiah 43:16-19: “See, I am doing a new thing…”
Activity: GPS Fellowship • Gab about the implications of uprooting the life to which you are accustomed—forced to move to a new culture. • Praise God for His provisions and for Vietnamese refugees in Cambodia and Taiwan to be receptive to the new things God desires to do in their lives. • Secure ways you can show the hope of Jesus in your community, especially to those who may be immigrants/ new comers.
GPS Prayer Walk: Step out in faith and engage in prayer walks—a vital key to developing a heart to reach lost people. • Map out areas in your community for teams of two or three to cover with prayer. • Set the date/time. There is an app for that. (Communities come alive on Fridays) • Pre-ministry prayer/devotions are God’s compass to guide your paths and for wisdom to interact with people. • Start conversations with people you encounter on the streets while walking through God-directed areas. Offer prayers for community needs. • Gather, Pray, Sum Up—Debrief at designated location.
Load your GPS for: Muslim peoples in Europe
Many Muslims in Europe face loneliness and believe they can trust only family or people from their home region. They are not alone. We all have stereotypes. We are all affected by betrayal and gossip. Discuss things that can build up or tear down trust and friendship? Ultimately, we need Jesus in our lives to give us grace and love for the world. He must be our ultimate foundation of friendship. How can you be a better friend? Who can you befriend?
Activity: • Discuss what it would be like in a country where you didn’t know the language, where you couldn’t find a job and you didn’t know anyone. Who would you trust? • Serve Moroccan tea or Middle Eastern coffee. • Making paper bead jewelry is one way Muslim women in Europe earn income to support their families. Use the Internet to find easy instructions for paper bead bracelets. Make a sample project first. Finished projects can be used as a reminder to pray for Muslims in Europe.
Prayer: Pray for Muslims in Europe to come to Jesus. Pray about their loneliness, job opportunities, and language learning.
Load your GPS for: Muslim peoples in Europe
Theme: God Cares
Luke 12:6-7: “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Activity: Discuss what it would be like to be a Muslim woman—family life, social status as immigrants • Show you care by helping an elderly neighbor with house/yard work or transportation to stores and doctor appointments. • Show you care by volunteering to watch a young mom’s children, so she can have some alone time. • Show you care by sending a few handmade blank note cards to one or more international workers for their use.
Prayer: Pray that the hearts of Muslims in Europe will be open to receive God’s love.
Load your GPS for: Central Asians/Tea House
Theme: Love and hearts in service
Romans 12:9-21; 1 John 5:2 (NIV)
Activity: Discuss creative-access countries and guidelines. • Discuss God’s purposeful positioning system: God has placed us here, there, and everywhere to love and be devoted to one another, be diligent and fervent in serving the Lord, be joyful and patient in suffering, be faithful in prayer and share with God’s people. The Great Commission applies to everyone (Matthew 28:18-20). • Make and deliver Valentine cards, goodie packages, gift cards, etc. for local shut-ins, college students who are away from home, TCKs, and international workers.
Prayer: Pray specifically for the 10 Alliance workers in Tea House, and their children. Pray against discouragement or spiritual attacks. Pray they will learn the language well and that seeds will be sown among least-reached “cousin” groups. Pray for the house fellowships to multiply (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
Load your GPS for: Central Asian immigrants in Eastern Europe
Theme: Outreach to prostitutes caught in sex-trafficking
John 8:7: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Activity: • Show pictures of displaced, oppressed women who prostitute themselves. • Role play in small groups: feelings of dignity/self-worth; the chance of being caught by religious authorities or police; fears about being beaten in public, heads shaved, affect on family. • Visit a women's shelter for current/former prostitutes. • Prepare toiletry bags for them. • Show Jesus’ love to them in conversation and friendship. • Adopt a shelter and volunteer. Prayer: Pray for God to open the eyes of IWs to the plight of women caught in the sex trade. Ask Him to open doors to develop relationships and discern their emotional/spiritual needs.
Load your GSP for: Central Asians (CAs) in Eastern Europe
Theme: Emphasis of God’s greatest gift—eternal life through His Son, Jesus
John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11; 2 Corinthians 9:15: Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. God’s Positioning System, Placed for A Purpose: There are millions of CA migrants who work every day. Alliance workers have an open door to reach them with the Truth to show God’s love and build relationships. The vision is to make central Asian disciples of Christ and train them to share the truth of Jesus when they return to their homelands.
Activity: • Host a Christmas tea, brunch, or dinner for unbelievers. Invite a special speaker to share the gospel story of the Christ child. • Have a Christmas party at a local homeless shelter or charity center, senior homes, as well as third-culture-kid (TCK) residences. Fill stockings with small gifts that are necessities, such as personal hygiene items.
Prayer: Pray for physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the IW teams so they are able to serve effectively. Pray against discouragement and spiritual attack. Pray for creative ways to meet with migrant workers, especially with their strenuous work schedules. Pray for new believers to be strong in their faith as they face pressure from family and friends. Pray for TCKs who are away from parents during the Christmas season.
Load your GPS for: Muslim peoples in Europe
Psalm 100 (KJV): “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
Activity: • Have each person share something they are thankful for and why. • Provide blank note cards and envelopes for each person. Write a note to someone, expressing thankfulness to God for that person in your life. • Gather food to donate and/or volunteer at a local rescue mission. • Provide a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings for a local family in need.
Prayer: Pray for international workers as they are away from their extended family and friends at Thanksgiving. Pray especially for new international workers who are without family for the first time.
Load your GPS for: Central Asians in Russia and Tea House
Theme: The Fruit of the Spirit; fruit-full, fes-tea-val Generate a study of Scripture and culture. Locate the two countries on a map. Gather information about the differences in cultures. Then discuss how ministering to the diaspora will require the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol. Against such things there is no law.”
Activity: • Provide “tea bag” favors for each participant. • Tea bag: Fill small, white craft bags with names of IWs serving in Russia and Tea House. • Tea bag tag: Tape one end of a small string to the bag and the other end to a small card to serve as the tag. Write Fruitful Prayers on the tag to serve as the “brand.”
Prayer: During prayer time, each participant will draw an IW name from their tea bag and pray that the fruit of the Spirit will fill their hearts with a passion to reach the lost. Extra tea bags may be distributed to congregations. Savor the Flavors Fruits and tea to represent: • Russia: apples, bananas, oranges, mandarins, and grapes, with black tea • Tea House: dried fruits and nuts, with green tea
Load your GPS for: Darfur refugees in the Middle East
Hebrews 4:12: “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Activity: Read about Sudanese refugees in Israel on Wikipedia. At your meeting, spend a few minutes discussing how you would feel as a child who is forced to flee your home to seek safety after witnessing family members being murdered. How would you feel to attend school in a refugee camp in a strange country? What might be your feelings about Christians who provide basic needs and show the JESUS film.
Sponsor a needy single mom in your community. Gather and deliver clothing, shoes, and school materials to the woman’s home. Include the JESUS film with your gift.
Prayer: Pray for the single mom and her children. Pray for Alliance international workers, who currently are translating the Bible into the “Willow” language for video presentation to illiterate Darfur refugees.
Load your GPS for: Chinese in Panama
Matthew 11:28: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Activity: The Chinese women in Panama work more than 12 hours a day and are extremely tired when they attend church. A woman's group shows them God’s love by ensuring they experience rest that appeals to their needs during the women's meetings. They provide cooking lessons, beauty classes, and teach them how to use technology. • Before your meeting, arrange the room so that when the women come after a hard day at work or home, they experience a "peaceful ambience." • Have the younger women pamper the older ones by teaching them some beauty tips. • The women with technology experience can teach the basics—keyboard, Internet, Facebook, etc.—to those unfamiliar with computer skills and social networking. • A few women could open their homes—where the Lord has purposely placed them—to reach their neighbors by offering technology classes. Teach them how to search on the Internet for recipes, beauty tips, etc. End by teaching them how to search for Scripture verses by themes.
Prayer: Every year, the Alliance national church in Panama runs an English camp for about 140 Chinese youth, most of whom are nonbelievers. Pray that as they learn English, the youth will also learn the good news of salvation through Jesus. Also, pray that believers will commit to being intentional about sharing their faith.
Load your GPS for: Chinese in Panama and Peru
Jeremiah 24:1-7: God shows Jeremiah a basket of good figs, likening them to those exiled (diaspora) from Judah and His love for them.
Activity: Give each participant a fig as a reminder to pray for people groups scattered from their homelands.
GPS: Google it, Profile it, Search it: Work with teens to assist and share a part of their technological world for this presentation. • Google it! On the Internet, research China, Panama, and Peru to understand some of the customs, daily routines, etc. Discuss the differences/similarities that would be involved for diaspora. • Profile it! Locate the countries on Google Earth. Discuss the differences in climate, terrain, culture, and the implications of diaspora for these people groups. Personalize it! What would be the implications for you? • Search it! Share it! Saturate it!—Plug into the power of prayer for good relationships and blending of cultures and a heart to know God’s love for these people groups (Jeremiah 24:7).
Delectable Connections: • Google cultural foods of these people groups. • Plan and prepare refreshments. Remember to add figs! • Serve it! Share delicious international flavors and connection with the teens.
Load your GPS for: Vietnamese immigrants in Cambodia and Taiwan
Esther 4:14b: “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.”
Sometimes, God directs us into unknown territory, but He “positions” us exactly where He wants us for His purpose and glory. Esther took a faith-filled risk for her people and trusted God for victory and deliverance.
Activity: • Host a campfire in a backyard or park location for a hotdog roast or mountain pie party. • Make personal invitations (hotdogs, campfires, etc.) for your event and invite someone new. • Prepare a map or GPS with several locations of Alliance missions in Cambodia and Taiwan. • Divide ladies into groups; give them a map or GPS of a location to an Alliance mission in Cambodia or Taiwan. • As they arrive at their mission, have someone in the country’s native dress present a story or mission facts about Cambodia or Taiwan and/or the IWs who serve there. • When ladies return to their beginning meeting place (campfire), lead them in a discussion to share about the facts or stories they heard. • End the study time by forming a circle around the campfire and praying for the needs of Cambodia and Taiwan, as well as IWs.