Southern Baptist Convention

Joe and Judy Bowman

FORT MORGAN, COLORADO

We're heading out to the American West today as we pray for two of our missionaries named Joe and Judy Bowman. They have started a new church in Fort Morgan, Colorado, called The Mission. Fort Morgan is a farming community in the flat part of the state, northeast of Denver. Farm and factory work in the area has drawn people from Central America, South America and Somalia. Joe says many people there think they are Christians but have no relationship with Jesus Christ. He loves seeing people begin attending church and growing in their Christian faith. Our church is supporting Joe and Judy in their ministry in Colorado through our Cooperative Program giving. Let's pray now that their church will grow and that many will come to faith in Jesus Christ, becoming growing disciples for Him.

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May Devotion

Mission is the Kingdom Stone

DR. KEN HEMPHILL

"Persons who encounter the one true King seek ways to declare His message to the nations." Approaching Jerusalem just days before His crucifixion, Jesus made an unusual request of His disciples. They were to go into the village and bring back a donkey colt that had never been ridden. As Jesus approached the city riding on the colt, the crowd began to praise God in a loud voice. People spread coats and branches on the road. People formed a procession in front of and behind Jesus shouting, "Hosanna!" and, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord" (Luke 19:38, NIV). Jesus riding on a humble donkey would have brought to mind the prophecy of the coming King from Zechariah 9:9-10. The reference to the King indicates that people were declaring Jesus to be the Messiah who came to bring redemption. Persons who encounter the one true King seek ways to declare His message to the nations. Missional stewardship is marked by sacrificial and cooperative support of God's mission to reach the nations through congregational ministry and collaborative global strategies as illustrated by the Cooperative Program. Cooperative giving is kingdom focused because it requires us to give to people we may never see in a manner where only Jesus can receive the glory.

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