Southern Baptist Convention

for week of October 1, 2017

Morning: Training New Believers in East Asia
[East Asia] As churches around the world remembered and celebrated Christ’s death and resurrection on Easter, IMB workers in East Asia helped lead 30 people to make decisions of faith. These new believers joined a local church, and now approximately 1,800 people attend its services. Church members and IMB workers are training new believers to share the gospel in discipleship classes and training classes. Small groups of national believers are prayerwalking throughout their town and dedicating them to the Lord. Pray God uses your gifts through the Cooperative Program to help IMB workers and East Asian believers as they disciple these 30 new believers and continue to carry the gospel further into their communities.

for week of October 1, 2017

Evening: Couple Starts Church in One of Least-Churched States
[Maine] SAM and JOAN BENNETT moved to Maine to plant a church in one of the least-churched states in America. Before making the jour- ney to Maine, Sam pastored churches in Pennsylvania and Louisiana, served with ministries to the homeless in New Orleans and Tampa, Fla., and served with Joan as International Mission Board missionaries in East Asia. They’re planting Solid Rock Church in Rockland, Maine, with the hope of reaching their community and bringing others to faith in Jesus. Your Cooperative Program financial gifts help them develop relationships with non-Christians who need to hear about Jesus. Ask the Lord to draw people to Himself through their ministry.

Bible Reference & Statement: Ezra 1:5-6

This has always been true of God’s people: When God reveals a need, His people give willingly. Giving a tithe is appropriate; many of us can give a larger percentage of our income, and we are expected to do so.


for week of October 8, 2017

Morning: More Laborers Needed in Vermont
[Vermont] When LYANDON and KIM WARREN discovered the vast spiritual needs in Vermont, they couldn’t get it off their minds. The native North Carolinians stepped out in faith as they moved to Vermont to plant a church in August 2006. In 2012, they planted a second church in the state. Today, as a church planting catalyst in Vermont, Lyandon helps start Southern Baptist churches throughout the state. Your Cooperative Program financial gifts help Lyandon mentor and train new church planters looking to reach the state for Jesus. He asks Southern Baptists to pray for God to call more laborers to the mission field of Vermont.

for week of October 8, 2017

Evening: Fighting Superstition in Sub-Saharan Africa
[Sub-Saharan Africa] Sahiba is a young, African mother who lost her first baby after only a few months. Though the baby died of malnutrition, villagers told Sahiba her breast milk was evil and that she stepped on demons while pregnant. When she could not produce enough milk for her second baby, Sahiba met LAURA SHARPE, a Christian worker at a local clinic for needy mothers and babies. Sahiba wept when the clinic gave her a goat, which could provide milk for her baby. Laura assured her the babies’ sicknesses were not her fault and told her about Christ. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program allow Sharpe to continue sharing this hope.

Bible Reference & Statement: 2 Corinthians 8:4-5

Despite great difficulties, the Macedonian Christians found a way to support ministries beyond their local community. We have an opportunity to support ministries around the world. We witness for Christ around the world when our church gives through the Cooperative Program.

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for week of October 15, 2017

Morning: New Worship
[Sub-Saharan Africa] During a Story Together event in West Africa, Christian workers trained local believers to craft Bible stories in their language. These oral stories are the only Scriptures the people group has in their mother tongue. IMB ethnomusicologist QUINN MCCLINTOCK* also trained the group to create a worship song in their language. “They claim that all of their songs—even cultural songs— are borrowed from other cultures,” Quinn said. “If this is true, then ... their first [original] song is in praise of God!” Your gifts through the Cooperative Program help Quinn and others equip local believers to study Scripture and worship the Father in their own language and cultural tradition.

for week of October 15, 2017

Evening: Called to Reach ‘Good People’ With the Gospel
[Nebraska] CRAIG LISCOM serves as a church planting catalyst in Omaha, Neb., where he and his wife, ELIZABETH, seek to take the gospel across the street and around the world. The couple’s primary mission field is in eastern Nebraska, which is a uniquely Midwestern ministry context. Many in the region consider themselves “good” people but don’t have a life-giving relationship with Jesus. The Liscoms thank you for your financial gifts given through the Cooperative Program. They also ask you to pray that the Lord would help them find prayer and financial partners for the newly formed Nebraska Church Planting Network.

Bible Reference & Statement: Isaiah 55:2

Our use of money should produce a quality of life that is fulfilling and eternal. Primary in the use of money is giving to share the gospel and to help people in need.


for week of October 22, 2017

Morning: New Hampshire church Planter Reaches Out to Former Catholics
[New Hampshire] Raised as a Roman Catholic, KEVIN FORTIER is planting the gospel among the people of Manchester, N.H. Though many consider themselves Roman Catholic, most either practice the faith of their childhood sporadically or have left the church altogether. Many have never been in a church or heard the good news about Jesus. As Kevin reaches out to people with Jesus’ offer of salvation, he says he is blessed to see Him at work in a spiritually dead city. Through your Cooperative Program financial giving, Kevin can serve the people of this community. Pray that the Lord would draw more people to respond to the gospel.

for week of October 22, 2017

Evening: Changing Erroneous Mindsets in Central Asia
[Central Asia] Many Russian churchgoers believe someone younger than 18 is not old enough to have a committed relationship with Christ. But IMB missionaries CHARLES and PAULA CULKIN* helped changed the mindset of one pastor and his wife. “They were surprised to hear that our children came to know Christ at an early age and had continued to serve Him,” said Paula. She mentored the pastor’s wife in children’s ministry, and the Russian couple started a summer camp for children. Now, when asked about missions, about half the children at their church say they want to be missionaries. Praise God that your gifts through the Cooperative Program fund missionaries who train local believers to be missions-minded.

Bible Reference & Statement: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

The gentile churches had been asked by Paul to give to help the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem who had great need. The Macedonians, though poor, gave generously. The Macedonians “first gave themselves to the Lord.”


for week of October 29, 2017

Morning: Desperate for Change amid Evil
[North Africa and Middle East] Despite ongoing violence, Christian worker MARY ALAN* sees how God is reaching people in the Middle East who have never heard the gospel. Elias* fled his country after Is- lamic State fighters overran his Iraqi village. In his new home, he met a worker who helped him understand salvation by grace. Elias now helps refugees in need. Another believer, who still lives in his war-torn hometown, leads Bible studies. A Syrian refugee couple started a house church in their new country. “Praise God that churches in the Middle East are filling up with those who are desperate for change,” said Mary. Pray that gifts through the Cooperative Program continue to spread the gospel in dangerous places.

for week of October 29, 2017

Evening: Wedding Opens Eyes of Missionary to Needs in the Pacific Northwest
[Washington] ANDY BROWN discovered the need for gospel-preaching churches in metro Seattle when he visited the region in 2012 to perform a wedding. That weekend God began to impress on Andy the need for new churches in western Washington. In January 2013 Andy and his family moved to Bothell, Wash., to start The Landing Church. In January 2015, he started another at Pike Street Market in downtown Seattle. Your gifts given through the Cooperative Program help Andy and his wife, TRANG, serve the people of metro Seattle. Please pray that the Lord would draw people to Himself in the Pacific Northwest using missionaries like Andy.

Bible Reference & Statement: Proverbs 30:8-9

A lifestyle, characterized by good management, is a balanced lifestyle. As Christians, we manage what God provides for us and seek to balance the number of things accumulated and consumed with the amount we give to God and to others.

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