Find a place in your church that would be appropriate for people to pray and reflect on/make prayer requests for others. Consider setting up a table where people can write down prayers or place stories and imagines that describe the people and communities we will pray/prayed for during worship.
During your prayer time, lift up the person, family or community you learned about and share their need during an appropriate time (Prayers of the People, Joys and Concerns, etc.) during worship. Include them in the prayer time when you normally pray for other members of your congregation. Select a different story for as many weeks as you would like to pray for people outside of your congregation but who are cared for through our church, and the support given through our gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
Through praying for others within our worship space, they become more real to us and become a part of our community. We begin to care for them and become more aware of the situations that are being addressed through the One Great Hour of Sharing Special Mission offering.
If you normally keep a log of the people you pray for, please add these special prayer requests to the log, or display them throughout the week at the Prayer Station. Ask members and friends to consider how God used our One Great Hour of Sharing offering to help restore and strengthen communities in ways beyond our imagination.
Offer prayers for the people, their communities, and for the work we do with them through One Great Hour of Sharing.