A Prayer for the Coatneys

O God, our God, Who sent Your Only-Begotten Son for our salvation, send down your Holy Spirit upon these your servants, the Coatney family, that they may proclaim Your Good News and share Your love. Travel with them and deliver them from all agitation, slander, and devices of the evil one. Keep them strong in body and soul so that they may be light to those still in darkness. Grant that they may fulfill Your command to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the prisoner. May their service be pleasing in Your sight, glorifying Your most Holy and magnificent name, of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Specific Prayer Concerns

  • for safe travel for John as he flies to Addis Ababa to complete the visa process and safety as he drives our vehicle from Addis to Mekelle (a somewhat dangerous trip)
  • for clearly defined duties and expectations, communicated well, between John, the veterinary college, and the seminary
  • that our house in Mekelle be made ready as quickly as possible
  • for health (especially gut health) and that Titus would sleep and let us sleep
  • that we identify and hire the appropriate childcare worker that will enable Kristen to begin language learning and homeschooling the older boys
  • that we determine the most cost effective means of shipping books for use by the seminary
  • for John as he works to finish writing his PhD thesis
  • for the boys as they prepare to become “third culture kids
  • for preparation for homeschooling the boys in Mekelle
  • that John and Kristen’s marriage would remain strong (and grow even stronger) in the face of all the stresses and challenges associated with this process
  • for John and Kristen’s extended family as they adjust to the idea of us moving overseas
  • that we continue to bolster our incoming financial support so that we can move to Mekelle as soon as possible, and stay there as long as possible
  • that individuals will respond quickly and positively as we reach out to meet and share our vision for ministry and our financial goals