Southern Baptist Convention

for week of November 1, 2015

Morning: MORNING: Spiritual Reproduction
(Oklahoma) MATTHEW and BETHANY WILSON joined the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on the campus of Oklahoma State University in summer of 2014. Students are from all over the world and come from many different backgrounds. Students need someone to personally invest in them as they are away from home for the first time. Matt and Bethany are sharing the Gospel and discipling students so they can in turn reach and train others for Christ for the rest of their lives. Prayers and sacrificial gifts through the Cooperative Program help to fund campus missions. Pray that the Wilsons will receive support as they minister and that spiritual reproduction will be the heartbeat of their ministry.

for week of November 1, 2015

Evening: EVENING: God Placed Students Where They Needed to Be
(Slovakia) Baptist representatives TREY and ELISE ATKINS continue to be amazed and thankful for the college students God is placing in their lives. God, in His sovereign plan, has enabled Trey and Elise to meet students near the trash-bag section in Tesco while on a broken-down train or through other colleagues or friends with whom they have made connections in life. Gifts through the Cooperative Program support Trey and Elise and provide opportunities for both of them to share the Gospel and their love for the Lord boldly and sensitively with these college students in Bratislava, Slovakia. Ask Him to prepare each of these students to receive and believe these words of life!

Bible Reference and Statement: Luke 11:39-41
After we confess our sin, accept Christ as Savior and Lord and begin to grow in Him, other things that come forth from our life can honor God, too. The way we give is shaped by our experience with Christ.


for week of November 8, 2015

Morning: MORNING: Helping Others Get What They Need
(Southeast Asia) As a logistics coordinator, CURTIS AMSHEY* helps workers in his Southeast Asian nation find housing, arrange flights and address visa issues. The work is challenging; he is a missionary supporting missionaries. Seeing workers leave the field is always difficult, he says, particularly when illness or death are involved. Still, he has seen God work, even in difficult situations. “Helping others get the things they need is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job,” Curtis says. “I want our workers to be able to focus on the work they’ve been called to do.” Gifts through the Cooperative Program support workers, like Curtis, so the good news of Jesus can be shared.

for week of November 8, 2015

Evening: EVENING: Prayer for the Children
(Oregon) CLAY HOLCOMB was called into ministry during his college years. His passion for communicating God’s Word and seeing young people raised up to follow Jesus led him into student ministry. His first ministry position was in a church plant, which gave him a love for church planting. He is NAMB’s Send City coordinator for Portland and feels privileged to lead other planters to explore Portland and church planting in the context of the West coast. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program are helping Clay lead and coach church planters. Clay asks for prayer for his four children who are now living in a city that is very challenging to their young faith.

Bible Reference and Statement: Nehemiah 12:43-44
Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The people responded to God’s blessings and protection with worship. Among other things, they brought contributions, first fruits and tithes to express their worship.


for week of November 15, 2015

Morning: MORNING: Putting Down Roots as Planters
(Pennsylvania) BARRY and BETH WHITWORTH have served in ministry in the Northeast region of the United States for 25 years, 15 of those years in church planting. Currently Barry serves as a church planting catalyst and the Send North America: Philadelphia city coordinator. Philadelphia is a city rich in American history and one of tremendous potential influence. But of the nearly 6.5 million people living in the metro area, only 7 percent are evangelical Christians. Your partnership in prayer and financial support through the Cooperative Program can change that number. Pray for church planters to put down roots in Philadelphia, planting churches and loving the people and the city back to Christ.

for week of November 15, 2015

Evening: EVENING: The Freedom Jesus Provides
(India) Last year in the plains of Bihar, a woman heard the Good News for the first time. Upon hearing, she believed and cast aside a necklace given to her by a local witch doctor. She gave up the protection offered by false gods, a protection couched in fear and lies, for the freedom Jesus provides. While the church is rejoicing with this new believer, the evil one has not stopped his attacks on her. Her village has persecuted her, at times even refusing to allow her to drink from the well. Your giving through the Cooperative Program helps sustain new believers around the world.

Bible Reference and Statement: Colossians 4:2
We need to be faithful in prayer, alert and grateful as we communicate with God. Approaching God in this spirit, we are more likely to be sensitive to our need and opportunity to give.


for week of November 22, 2015

Morning: MORNING: With Hopes
(Central Asia) Thanks to Cooperative Program gifts, JESSE and SHELLEY LANDERS* have been able to rent an apartment and begin work among a minority people group previously untouched by outreach efforts. This ethnic group has a tragic history, having been deported from their homeland by Joseph Stalin prior to World War II and eventually losing all opportunity to return. Despite being displaced, they have retained their unique cultural values and they claim that their dedication to Islam has been key to maintaining their identity. Jesse and Shelley are young workers newly assigned the task of reaching this group, with hopes of building relationships and seeing a church planted among them.

for week of November 22, 2015

Evening: EVENING: With Steadfast Dedication and Joy
(Pennsylvania) Working as an industrial mechanic, CHAD HOWARD met Christ through a coworker. Other coworkers saw the radical change in Chad’s life when he surrendered to Christ and answered God’s call to ministry two years later. He was able to see several come to know Him. After pastoring churches in South Carolina and Pennsylvania, God gave Chad a heart for Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Your generous giving through the Cooperative Program is helping Chad and his wife TIFFANI plant Josiah’s Way, which currently meets in their home. Pray for Chad and Tiffani to stay faithful to the course God has directed with steadfast dedication and joy.

Bible Reference and Statement: Luke 6:38
Jesus emphasized the giving nature of Christians. Of the many characteristics that distinguish the new life in Christ, giving is very visible. Giving is a testimony.


for week of November 29, 2015

Morning: MORNING: The Message of Hope and Love
(Puerto Rico) FREDDY VALCARCEL had a thriving ministry among Hispanics in Clarksville, Tennessee, but he sensed God calling him to something different. After much prayer, Freddy and his family accepted the challenge to plant a church in Puerto Rico among a people broken by legalism and hopelessness. Of the 130,000 people in Caguas, nearly 80 percent are divorced and 95 percent are single parents. Freddy knows the message of God’s hope and love is the only thing that can heal the broken families and communities in his city. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program make it possible for Freddy to help people in Puerto Rico overcome past hurts from traditional, legalistic churches.

for week of November 29, 2015

Evening: EVENING: A Hunger for Truth
(East Asia) GEORGE and YVONNE HERMAN* rejoice in the ways they are seeing young people turning to Christ. Those who were raised to believe in nothing are hungry for truth and are finding a Living God. The Hermans hired a young man, John*, to work for them as a security guard. When John became a believer he became very excited to share the Gospel with family and friends and see churches started. The Hermans no longer live close to John, but they keep in touch with him and are thankful for the ways he continues to grow in his faith. Thank you for supporting new believers through the Cooperative Program.

Bible Reference and Statement: 2 Corinthians 9:11
Being thankful to God for all His blessings shapes our lives. Thankful people please God. Giving is the response of a thankful heart, and it produces thanksgiving from people who benefit through our giving.