Today we want to focus entirely on God’s goodness to The Lulu Tree and all the beautiful ways He is moving and answering prayer for His Name’s sake and the good of His children all over the world. Next Thursday is American Thanksgiving, so you will not receive a prayer request email that week. Our hope is that you will use today and next Thursday to celebrate God’s faithfulness and to offer specific thanks for all He has done and promises to do, both in your own life and in The Lulu Tree.
Lord, we thank You today for Your kindness, mercy, grace, and favor on Your children. You have displayed Your mighty power and sovereign purposes in our midst in more ways than we can possibly express.
Thank you for Pastor Sonnel, Daniel, Mommy Christiana, Ezekiel, and so many others in Sierra Leone who are pouring out their lives for Your kingdom’s sake. Orphans have found a home. Pastors and women have received micro loans. Remote villages have heard the gospel, and light has overcome darkness. Churches have been planted. Lord, You have healed the sick, commanded demons to flee, encouraged the faint-hearted, and strengthened Your servants to do Your will. We bless Your beautiful Name!
Thank you for Esther, Joel, the pastors, the teen moms, the jajjas, and everyone else who has stepped up to serve You and advance Your kingdom in Uganda. Thank You for the mama kit ministry and all the lives of women and babies that have been saved through this simple but profound outreach. Thank You that many of them have also received the greater gift of eternal life in Christ. Thank You for the children’s ministry in the slums and villages, and how You are raising up men and women of God to reach the next generation with the gospel. Thank you for the School of Hope and every teen mom whose heart and head have been lifted out of shame and into purposeful discipleship. Thank you for their babies who are being freed from generational curses and the cycle of poverty, growing up in the fear and admonition of the Lord, set apart to know and follow You from their childhood.
Thank you for Enoch, Emmy, and Baptist and the work You are doing through their obedience to follow you into South Sudan. Thank you for the favor You have shown by giving them access to pastors and officials in the refugee camps. Thank you for their joy and perseverance. Thank you that these precious refugees feel seen and loved because Your servants are leaving their own homes to come and serve them. And thank You for protecting our team and guarding their ways in all their going out and coming in.
Thank You, Lord, for the amazing and miraculous ways You have provided material and financial needs in all of these places. We are in awe of Your generosity.
Lord, we even thank you for the hard things. Thank You for pruning this tree, because we know You are a wise gardener and You only prune with purpose. You are the Vine and we are merely branches. All the eternal fruit is from You alone. Even when we are pressed and weary, we offer You a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to Your beautiful, holy, worthy Name. We trust You, Lord.
Today we ask for nothing. We merely come, presenting our bodies to You as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable because You have made us so by washing us in Your blood. Accept our praise and thanks as offerings that can never come close to what You deserve, but that You receive because You love us and delight in us as Your children. Thank You for the adoption into Your family and the promise of being with You and all Your children from every tribe, tongue, and nation forever.
And finally, thank You, Lord, for these prayer partners, who stand in the gap before Your throne, loosing Your power through their prayers and holding up our hands and the hands of our African partners in this battle. How we bless You for their faithfulness and for Your kindness in and through them!
Lord, we love You. We worship You. We adore You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
With much love and joy and gratitude for you,
Jeanne and The Lulu Tree