A Week of Prayer for our International Neighbors
Covenant Life’s home in Montgomery County places our church in the middle of one of the most diverse communities in the United States. According to the 2020 Census, if you were to meet another MoCo resident selected at random, you would have a 3-in-4 chance of meeting someone of a different race or ethnicity. Regardless of our own race or ethnicity, our neighbors are likely to hail from countries we don’t call home or speak languages we don’t understand.
While our sinful tendencies can turn diversity into division, the gospel declares that our diversity is a gift from God, a picture of heaven, and an opportunity to glorify our Savior Jesus Christ together. In Revelation 7, John wrote about his vision of heaven,
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” – Revelation 7:9-10
During this week of prayer, we will celebrate the glory of God through the racial and ethnic diversity around us and we will pray for the gospel to reach all tribes and languages in our community. Along the way, we will hear from and pray for our neighbors who speak one of the top four non-English languages in the county: Spanish, Chinese, French, and African.
Each morning, we will send you a link to a brief video in which you will hear from church members from those language groups and hear how you can pray for your neighbors that speak that language.
On Friday night, we’ll gather in person and online for extended worship and prayer. Together, we will celebrate the gospel that unites us, pray for the witness of Covenant Life in Montgomery County, and ask God to glorify himself by using us to reach our international community.