Connecting & Encouraging

by Joel & Erin Drayer

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” -Ephesians 6:12 

We are at war with a crafty Adversary.  We have noticed that the few hours before we engage with our missionary, we experience an increased attack from the Adversary.  Whether that is sickness, mechanical breakdowns, miscommunications, forgetfulness or just random grumpiness, it can take its toll on our ability to connect and encourage the missionary.  We have needed to ask others to pray protection over us and have increased our own prayer cover on the day that the interactions are planned.  I am amazed how sneaky Satan is.  How I don’t even see him messing with me until I am in a mess.


Connection – It doesn’t always need to be fancy 🙂 

My desire is for your interactions to be connecting and encouraging for you and your missionary!  If you find that you are struggling to connect with your missionary or if things just fall apart before or after connecting, consider asking others to pray against our enemy on your behalf and increasing your own prayer protection.

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” – Proverbs 15:29

Also, there will be times when your missionary will be going through some difficult circumstances.  Hard things with no answers.  I love this short clip on empathy and how it is different from sympathy.  The power of connection, through sharing struggle, and being met there is hard to articulate!  Enjoy!


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