Every Tribe
Every Tongue
Every Nation


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.

A Week of Prayer

Monday, November 8, 2021

 

Pray for Covenant Life Church as we seek to reach our neighbors for Christ:

  • Thank God for the person or people who brought you the good news of the gospel. (Romans 10:15)

  • Pray that Christ would fill us with his compassion when we see our neighbors helpless without him. (Matthew 9:25-28)

  • Pray that God would send us as laborers into the harvest field called Montgomery County, and that we would accept the call. (Matthew 9:25-38)

  • Pray that God would open doors for us to share the mystery of Christ with our neighbors. (Colossians 4:3)

  • Pray that God would give us wisdom toward our neighbors, forming in us clear, gracious words and seasoned answers. (Colossians 4:4-6)

  • Pray that God would glorify his name and demonstrate his manifold wisdom by using us to reach the nations near and far. (Ephesians 3:10)

Our African Neighbors

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

 

Pray for our African Neighbors:

  • For grace and wisdom as they settle into American culture with their children.

  • For the restoration of children of Christian African immigrants whose faith has been negatively impacted by popular culture.

  • For peace in their home countries, especially where there are ongoing wars and religious persecution.

  • For God to raise up just and righteous political leaders for African countries.

  • For God to raise up true gospel teachers and shepherds to protect against the prosperity gospel prevalent in African churches.

Our French-Speaking Neighbors

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Kokou Assigbe, a French speaker from Togo and a member of Covenant Life, has answered some questions about our French-speaking neighbors and suggested ways to pray for them.

What should Covenant Life know about their French-speaking neighbors that they may not be aware of?

Many would not know that there is a huge population of French speaking people in the Gaithersburg area.  6.5% of Montgomery County residents speak French at home, so French is the fourth most spoken language in the county. French speakers may hail from Europe, Africa, or the Caribbean, so they are diverse even among themselves.

Are there any particular challenges that French speakers face in immigrating to the U.S.?

Montgomery County does not have many local spots that bring the French-speaking community together. As a result, it is less visible and more isolated than other language communities. Making new friends can be particularly difficult when immigrants don't speak any English, and they are not likely to find simple avenues to meet other people who speak French.

Any tips on how an English-speaking Covenant Life member can get to know or care for French-speaking neighbors?

When I initially immigrated to the U.S., it felt like people did not have the patience to understand my broken English, and that caused me to shy away from trying to communicate. My first suggestion is to be willing to befriend French speakers even if you have a hard time communicating. Listen patiently when you speak with them and keep the conversation going if you understand each other well enough, even if not perfectly. Along the way, it will mean a lot if you take the time to learn some French as well. Finally, if you know two French speakers, introduce them to each other since they may not meet each other through other means.

How can we pray for our French-speaking neighbors?
  1. Pray that Covenant Life will be a loving, patient community, ready to welcome them.
  2. Pray for open doors for the gospel and that it's message will break through secularism and worldly philosophy.
  3. Pray that they would connect with other French speakers in the county. 
  4. Pray that they would focus on more than work and profession, seeking belonging and finding it in Christ.

Our Chinese Neighbors

Thursday, November 11, 2021

 

Pray for our Chinese Neighbors:

  • For God to reveal himself to them as Creator and Savior, more real and true than science.

  • For Chinese families to see through all the distractions of money, work, and social media and find eternal peace in Christ.

  • For COVID-19 restrictions to lower, so that Chinese immigrants can return to visit their families.

  • For the true gospel of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed in mainland China, and for false gospels to fail to take hold.

  • For the protection of Chinese Christians in mainland China who suffer under government oppression.

Our Spanish-Speaking Neighbors

Friday, November 12, 2021

 

Pray for our Spanish-Speaking Neighbors:

  • For Spanish speakers to have an encounter with the true God through the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • That the challenges and trials of immigrant life would move Spanish-speakers closer to God, and that they would find their hope and salvation in God alone.

  • For Spanish-speaking families to embrace God's design for the household, and for broken homes to find healing and restoration.

  • That Covenant Life would be a warm and welcoming community for Spanish speakers.

  • For God's blessing on Covenant Life's Spanish Interpretation ministry team as they restart after taking a hiatus due to COVID.

Worship and Prayer Night

Friday, November 12

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