This week Rachel has been back in Ho Chi Minh City and spending part of her time exploring the “hems” or alleyways of the city. The density of population in the city together with the maze of small alleyways that fill many areas result in entire communities somewhat hidden behind the main roads. Jesus in telling the parable of the Great Banquet admonishes us to go in to every road and alley to find those in need of the Gospel and make them come in.
“So the slave came back and reported these things to his master. Then in anger, the master of the house told his slave, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in here the poor, maimed, blind, and lame!’ “ ‘Master,’ the slave said, ‘what you ordered has been done, and there’s still room.’ “Then the master told the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and lanes and make them come in, so that my house may be filled. Luke 14:21-23
Journey Prayers – Week 8
Praying for all the people of Ho Chi Minh City
- Pray by name for the 24 districts of Ho Chi Minh City–Districts 1-12 and the districts of Binh Chanh, Binh Tan, Binh Thanh, Can Gio, Cu Chi, Go Vap, Hoc Mon, Nha Be, Phu Nhuan, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, and Thu Duc. Pray that in each of these districts there would be consistent proclamation of the Gospel, abundant fruit of new Believers, obedient disciples and multiplying churches.
- Pray for the “invisible” people of the city. Just as in Jesus’ parable there is a great need for the Gospel to reach the blind, lame, sick, and poor. Pray that the neglected, the marginalized, trash recyclers, homeless, minorities, beggars and children would be ‘made to come in’ and receive the Gospel.
- Pray for new rapidly multiplying churches to be started in the city. Just as you cannot enter most hems (alleys) with any vehicle larger than a motorcycle, such is the need for small multiplying churches to reach into every twist and turn of the communities in those alleys.
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