Susan Rodgers

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Missionary Ladies’ Retreat

It is 6 a.m. (in the morning) right now. In a few hours I’ll be joining about 30 ladies—all missionaries to Swaziland—in attending a weekend retreat. We’ll be doing a Bible study geared for such a retreat. We are all looking forward to this time away with the Lord and with each other.

Could I bother you to please pray for us? That our hearts will be open to hear all the Lord wants to speak to us, that we’ll be surrendered to whatever He asks? Please will you pray that each lady will feel refreshed and that laughter will spill through the doors as well?

We are all real people learning, just like every other believer, how to follow the Lord more closely each day. Sometimes missionaries are mistakenly tagged “Super Christian.” I meet with many of these ladies every Wednesday. We share prayer requests and pray together. We study the Word and discuss things that we don't understand. We face battles with our self-will, with trusting the Lord, with insecurities, with fear, with worry (seems to be my issue particularly of late). As much as each of us is sincere in our pursuit of God, none of us has reached perfection. Thus, we all roll our eyes and moan about this misplaced label.

I said that to simply underline my heartfelt plea: “Please pray for us!”

We thank you for your prayers, and we pray for you back in the US as well. We’re one big family, just journeying this life on earth until we all reach our true home: Heaven.

I'm posting a picture taken last year of our ladies' Bible study group. It has now grown significantly, and three of the gals in this picture are currently in the States, raising support. (We miss you terribly!) Any picture I post will be incomplete as our group is always growing.


  • You can all be assured of our prayers for y'all--everyday.

    You may not feel like heroes but to us you are that.

    You are doing what we cannot do, going where we cannot go. Going and doing in our place.

    You bet we're praying for you!

    By Blogger Jean Ohlerking, at 1:49 PM  

  • I didn't get this read, I don't suppose, before your retreat was over. What a fabulous opportunity for you to "renew." I'll be praying now that as you reflect on all you learned that you'll continue to feel refreshed in the Lord's love for you!

    By Anonymous Nancy Holte, at 6:11 PM  

  • As always you are unbelievably the sweetest most humble person I have ever met. Little niggling fears or worry and you give them to God and go on, for us to think about being over there, ministering and raising 3 children I would be working on things like fear and terror. Probably why many are called but few are chosen. Love all you O's and R's. Con

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:41 PM  

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