Southern Baptist Convention

Mike and Jennifer Brungardt

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

Venezuela has been in turmoil for years with riots, food shortages and many other problems. The situation has deteriorated to the extent that by 2016 the last Southern Baptist missionaries were forced to leave. Today we are going to pray for two of our missionaries, Mike and Jennifer Brungardt, who serve in Colombia, the country next door to Venezuela. Mike and Jennifer invited Venezuelan Baptist leaders to come to Bogota, the capital of Colombia, to talk about help. The Venezuelans did have some sad stories about their lives these days. But there were also amazing stories about what God was doing for them amid their tragic situation. Mike and Jennifer provided tracts to help the Baptists witness, and they provided seeds so they could grow food to eat. Today can we pray for Mike and Jennifer, our missionaries we support through the Cooperative Program? And can we pray for all the Christians, especially our Baptist colleagues, who are having such a hard time there in Venezuela.

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October Devotion

When I Tithe the Church is Strengthened


"The church becomes an extension of our Heavenly Father’s house when we provide care and strength for our fellow believers." Barnabas, one of the early disciples, was known as the "Son of Encouragement." Barnabas encouraged his fellow church members through generous giving. Acts 4:36-37 describes his decision to sell a piece of property and give the proceeds to the church. As a result the Bible says: "There were no needy persons among them" (Acts 4:34). We all long for a supportive environment where needs can be alleviated. Jesus describes heaven as a place "of many mansions" where all our needs will be met. The church becomes an extension of our heavenly Father's house when we provide care and strength for our fellow believers. Our willingness to strengthen ministry through giving a tithe or more of our income on a regular basis makes church like heaven on earth. You can be a "son of encouragement," if you will set your heart on financial obedience. God provides all of our resources, and when we acknowledge His care for us by giving a tithe or more, our church is strengthened. If you have never practiced tithing, now is a good time to start. Spiritual encouragement will overflow because of your obedience. Be an encourager: Tithe!

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