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Praying for Oilfield Families

September 13th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Prayer is like 911 to heaven.  In my daily walk with the Lord, I’m finding just how vital prayer is. As a wife of an oilfield worker, I’ve come to realize how effective prayer and fasting are.  Without God’s help there is no way to live an effective, fulfilled life.

Oilfield workers and their families face unique trials. Husbands and fathers work 12 or more hours a day, coming home exhausted—usually, too exhausted to meet the social and emotional needs of their families. Work schedules often are irregular and make church attendance difficult and occasional at best.

Oilfield work is not only hard, but it also is dangerous. Wives worry about their husbands and miss their presence in the home.  Sometimes it seems we must be mother and father to the children. We battle stress and fatigue, just like our husbands, but there also is loneliness and the need for guidance in how to handle everyday situations that arise with the children and even things like home maintenance.  Having our husbands away so much feels like a big gaping hole in our lives.

I have learned to stay on my knees in prayer, seeking God’s comfort and guidance—trusting Him to fill that gap in my life. Without God’s presence in my life, I would be sad, lonely and frustrated. I am learning to depend on God to be my comforter, counselor and lover. When my husband is home, we pray together. When he is at work, sometimes, we can pray together over the phone. Sometimes I just have to pray alone, knowing that he is seeking God and praying for me as well.

We need your help. Will you pray for us? 1Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” We need to know that others care enough to stand in the gap and pray without ceasing for us to stand strong in the Lord as we try to live out our faith and witness and minister to other families of oilfield workers.

The oilfield ministry is in high demand in our area right now. Please pray not only for us to stand and that our needs be met but that the Lord will send others to minister to the special needs of oil field workers and their families and share the good news of Jesus with the lost.

By Yvette Gonzalez, member of an oilfield family and leader of the women’s ministry at Hosanna Baptist Church in Poteet

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