Pray for Those Who Need Winter Clothing & Blankets

Pray for Those Who Need Winter Clothing & Blankets

In the colder climates of the countries we serve, winter represents another layer of threat for impoverished families—including a threat for their very survival. Many homes are inadequate to protect inhabitants from the cold. With meager incomes, families are often unable to provide warm clothing for themselves or their children. They layer old, worn jackets and threadbare blankets over their bodies and huddle around a small fire to stave off the cold, venturing outside as little as possible. Adults have difficulty working, and children, if they are fortunate enough to attend school, have difficulty studying because of their lack of warmth.

National missionaries in these areas also suffer from the cold. Though they still venture out to share Christ’s love with others, many are limited by the lack of warm clothing. They may need to wait for the sun’s warmth before going outdoors, or they may not be able to travel as far. Without adequate protection, their sleep and health fall prey to the cold.

Please join us this month in praying to Jesus for those in need of winter clothing and blankets.


Pray for Health

Pray for Health

Cold weather often makes people more susceptible to sickness. Low temperatures allow viruses to spread more easily and can negatively affect people’s immune systems. Those without sufficient clothing or adequate shelter are even more vulnerable because they can’t escape the bitter cold even within their homes. GFA missionaries serving in cold climates, and the people they serve, frequently suffer from related health issues, such as breathing problems, various aches, cracked skin, colds and pneumonia.

Please pray that God will protect the health of GFA missionaries serving in cold climates and the people in the communities they serve. Pray they will have strong immune systems to ward off cold-related ailments.


Pray for Restful Sleep

Pray for Restful Sleep

The bitter cold can prevent people in cold-climate areas from getting adequate sleep, which studies have shown can drain mental capabilities and endanger physical health.1 These men, women and children can struggle to complete their daily responsibilities as their brains and body systems fail to function normally. A number of health problems have been linked to poor sleep, including a weakened immune system and an increased risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. These risks are only compounded by the health risks associated with exposure to the cold.

Please pray the cold weather will not prevent GFA missionaries or people in the communities they serve from obtaining sufficient rest. Pray they will have adequate bedding, clothing and fire fuel to keep warm at night.

1 Watson, Stephanie & Kristeen Cherney. “The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body.” Healthline. May 15, 2020. https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body


Pray for GFA Missionaries in Need of Warm Clothing

Pray for GFA Missionaries in Need of Warm Clothing

Winter can be an opportune time for ministry as people in cold climates spend more time indoors, huddled around a fire. Many GFA workers brave the elements even in frigid temperatures to share Christ’s love with others, but those who lack enough warm clothing are restricted in their ability to reach people in need. These missionaries may be forced to spend fewer hours outside their home or tighten the radius of their ministry efforts. If they had the additional warm clothing and blankets to better shield them from the cold, they could rest better at night, better fight illnesses and travel farther.

Please pray every GFA missionary serving in a cold climate will be well-equipped for ministry with sufficient armour against the cold. Pray God will guide and bless their fireside conversations and bring much fruit from these interactions.


Pray for Discernment in Distributing Blankets and Winter Clothing

Pray for Discernment in Distributing Blankets and Winter Clothing

The blankets GFA World provides, through the generosity of donors, give recipients a thick layer of protection from winter temperatures and accompanying ailments. However, the need for blankets is often greater than the available resources. Many men, women and children remain vulnerable to the cold because they can’t afford proper protection from winter’s frigid temperatures. GFA workers need wisdom to determine the areas and people in greatest need and best distribute these gifts of warmth.

Please pray for provision and that the Holy Spirit will help GFA missionaries discern how to best use the available resources. Pray He will guide them to the individuals in greatest need of love and warmth and that every person in need of a warm blanket will receive one.


Pray Gift Recipients Will Feel the Warmth of God’s Love

Pray Gift Recipients Will Feel the Warmth of God’s Love

The gift of a warm blanket can make a vast difference in the life of someone in need, compassionately providing physical warmth as well as spiritual hope. These potentially lifechanging gifts not only protects the recipient from the cold, and the resulting ill effects, but they also show that person Christ’s love and care, as GFA missionaries give these gifts in His name.

Please pray recipients of blankets will experience God’s love in a profound way, that His love will emanate from these items with the physical warmth recipients enjoy and their lives will be changed.


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