Samaritan Call to Prayer & Fasting June 2, 2016
The June 4-5 call to prayer and fasting will be shared internationally and in eight other regional centers in the Pacific Northwest where Samaritans offer counseling and teaching. Inspired by the Bible teaching of Luke 2:25-37, Samaritans share how to love our neighbors and to serve with courage and joy in the Kingdom of God on earth. Lives have been transformed as people learn how to walk with faith in the LORD, helping others locally or internationally in many ways such as sponsoring school children as a way out of poverty.A Call to Prayer goes out to Samaritans everywhere as Good Samaritan Ministries announces its 25th annual International Day of Prayer and Fasting June 4-5. No one knows the full impact of this year’s 24-hour day of prayer. But, over the years, God has answered prayers and called thousands of people to serve in more than 25 countries impacted by this ministry including places where Christians are persecuted like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Senegal and Egypt.
For 25 years, Samaritans around the world have united in prayer the first weekend of June to pray for hope and healing in people’s lives. Sharing one’s heart in prayer with the Holy God is integral to the call of a Samaritan.
“Empowering people to live and love as Good Samaritans,” is the mission of this organization. The ministry is celebrating its 40th year anniversary since the original Call on the Wall in Ninevah in 1976, as the founder describes in her book, Something Worth Saving by Bettie P. Mitchell.
GSM Exec. Director, Teresa Stroup, hopes many people will join with Samaritans around the world for 24-hours of prayer and fasting. Locally, at the Mission of the Atonement outdoor Prayer Labyrinth, Saturday from noon to 8 pm, Samaritans are welcome to visit. Also prayer time will begin in people’s homes and in other geographic locations.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 5, from 6 to 9 am, all are welcome to drop in at the GSM headquarters office in Beaverton’s Parkside Business Center, Bldg 23, and then people may choose to attend worship services at their home churches or to stay for community prayer, worship music and fellowship from 9 to noon, followed by a potluck brunch-luncheon.
Teresa Stroup and more than 100 other international leaders and Samaritans will be observing the International Day of Prayer and Fasting. In Uganda, Samaritans will be praying with Patty Pullen of Lake Oswego, who will be visiting the Ugandan teachers in Nambirizi funded by the team of volunteer staff of the eclectic thrift store, Sam’s Attic in Sellwood.
(L) Photo from Kenya: Monica Okungu leading prayers for Papa James Opiyo and Samaritan centers.
GSM’s vision is “To develop relationships worldwide that demonstrate the love of Jesus in action.” Samaritans will pray for GSM’s upcoming ministry impact in Africa as plans are underway for many weeks of Continental Samaritan Training in Nigeria in 2017.
Hundreds of Samaritans from the Pacific Northwest have traveled to Africa and the Holy Lands to understand the call of mercy and love for people who have experienced trauma, grief and hunger, and whose lives are so different from American lifestyles. Often leading groups of Samaritans, GSM Founder Bettie Mitchell has traveled 24 times to Israel, Palestine and Egypt, and more than 10 trips to Africa before retiring in 2009. Her involvement continues as she spurs on the next generation of leaders during Bible classes and other events.
The theme of this year’s prayer event is Together On the Samaritan Road. “We are joining each other on a prayer journey, praying for each other as we travel the Samaritan road on a life-long journey of helping others,” said Bethany Stroup, 29, who has been traveling the Samaritan road with her family for more than 20 years.
Call 503-644-2339 to be added to our prayer list, or stop by for more information at GSM’s headquarters office, 7929 SW Cirrus Drive, Bldg. 23, Beaverton. GSM is a donation-based ministry. Counseling training, classes, groups and individual counseling are available locally at the headquarters office.
Pray Together at GSM headquarters office beginning at 6 am Sunday, June 5. Join Bettie Mitchell on a prayer journey at the headquarters office. open and print link to prayer list : Together on the Samaritan Road Prayer List June 2016