Southern Baptist Convention

for week of December 3, 2017

Morning: Squashing Fear in Hungary
[Europe] SAMANTHA is a volunteer in Hungary with Hands On, an IMB program that helps young adults spend a semester on the mission field. After the Brussels terrorist attack, her friend Petra said she was scared the terrorists also would come to Hungary. Samantha said sometimes she is scared, too, but she shared that Jesus is victorious so Christians don’t have to worry because their hope is secure in Christ. Petra said she also wanted a relationship with Jesus. Samantha shared the gospel with Petra and a few days later, she accepted Christ. Praise God that your gifts through the Cooperative Program sent Samantha to share with this new believer.

for week of December 3, 2017

Evening: Ohio Church Planter Reaches Cowboys for Jesus
[Ohio] ROYCE GREGORY was a Texas bull rider when God called him to Ohio. Royce came to Ohio 17 years ago as a rodeo judge. He then began a ministry as an evangelist on the rodeo circuit, where he started Bible studies at horse shows and rodeos. He planted his first “cowboy” church a decade ago. Two and a half years ago he planted his second church, Mill Creek Cowboy Church. Thanks to your gifts given through the Cooperative Program, Royce can preach the gospel in a way that cowboys can understand and accept. Pray that the churches Royce leads can be good stewards with their resources.

Bible Reference & Statement: 2 Corinthians 12:12-13

Giving is a natural part of a Christian’s life and worship. Paul wrote the Corinthians that he was wrong in not expecting them to give to support his ministry. According to Paul, it is right to expect Christians to give to support the ministries of the church.

*Indicates name change for security.


for week of December 10, 2017

Morning: Ministry to Gypsy Children
[Europe] IMB worker JACKIE LEWIS* works with gypsy kids from the slums, orphanages and those she sees digging through dumpsters. She shares Bible stories with them and loves seeing them uncover something new in Scripture. Jackie also feels burdened to meet families—to sit in their homes and talk about family, culture and Bible stories. God responded to that burden with Andre and his wife, Stanka. As she got to know this family, she learned about their passion to reach their people with the gospel. Pray God uses gifts through the Cooperative Program to help Jackie teach this couple about the Great Commission and how God uses the least expected people for His glory.

for week of December 10, 2017

Evening: Starting New Hispanic Churches in Kansas and Nebraska
[Kansas] As a church planting catalyst in the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, ABRAHAM AREVALO focuses on helping Hispanic churches get started. Though he has done a lot of work with first-generation Hispanic church plants, he is also trying to get second-generation Hispanic plants started that reach English- speaking Hispanic communities. He says there are many communities around the area with growing Hispanic populations but no churches to reach them. Your gifts given through the Cooperative Program help him to meet with, mentor and support church planters in Kansas and Nebraska. Pray for God to call more planters to the state.

Bible Reference & Statement: Galatians 6:7-8

Christians sow to please the Spirit, not the flesh. Honoring God through giving and serving others pleases the Spirit.


for week of December 17, 2017

Morning: Pray for Europeans in South America
[Brazil] Sharing Christ’s love with Europeans can be hard work, espe- cially when you live in Brazil. But that’s exactly what IMB missionaries WENDY and STAN MEADOR strive to do. They work among European descendants in South America and develop strategies to reach their people groups. One strategy is to start house churches and small groups that will one day produce disciples who want to do the same work. Wendy asks for prayer for the European people groups in South America. As you give through the Cooperative Program, “Pray that more [Europeans] will have a desire to study God’s Word and that their hearts will be open to hear the truth contained in its pages.”

for week of December 17, 2017

Evening: Helping Ohio Baptists Engage in Gospel Conversations
[Ohio] JACK HELTON knows firsthand the power of the gospel to transform a life. He had a troubled home life when he came to faith in Jesus. Today, as the state director of evangelism for Ohio, he helps Ohio Southern Baptist churches proclaim that gospel. He helps pastors throughout their state understand their communities so they can better engage them in gospel conversations. Your gifts given through the Cooperative Program help Jack travel to churches so he can mentor and support the evangelistic work of Ohio churches. Pray that God would help Ohio Baptists reach the 11.5 million non-Christians in the state.

Bible Reference & Statement: John 3:16

Christmas is the celebration of the greatest display of stewardship known to mankind. This is God’s stewardship of salvation. Our faithful giving to God through the church is a continuing celebration of God’s gift to us in His Son.


for week of December 24, 2017

Morning: Sharing the Gospel through Storying
[Sub-Saharan Africa] Christian worker ERIN SPRANKLE and her family, supported through the Cooperative Program, moved to Africa to share the gospel with unreached people groups. While her husband shares with adults in villages, Erin and her kids care for village children. They play games and act out Bible stories together until Erin can meet with older girls in the village to share through Bible storying. The Sprankles prayed and fasted for their storying time in a nearby village, and after sharing, three believers were added to God’s family and a pastor was trained to begin a weekly discipleship program. Pray as they travel to other villages to tell the gospel through storying to people who have never heard.

for week of December 24, 2017

Evening: God’s Grace Turns a Drug Dealer into a Church Planter
[Wisconsin] If you had met MICHAEL THOMAS a decade ago, you wouldn’t have believed he would one day be a church planter. As a drug dealer, Michael spent his days partying and “running the streets.” God radically changed his life in 2010 when he accepted Christ as Lord. Today, he is planting House of Saints outside Milwaukee, Wis. As he connects with the community, Michael has become the head varsity basketball coach at a local school and serves as a police chaplain. Your gifts given through the Cooperative Program help Michael serve his community. Pray that God would draw people to Himself through House of Saints.

Bible Reference & Statement: Matthew 2:11

These wise men traveled a long way to deliver their gifts in person. How fortunate we are to have a workable plan through which our gifts go directly to the need. Let us give with confidence that soon our gifts will become a blessing to those who need Christ.


for week of December 31, 2017

Morning: Use Your Talents to Share Christ
[Europe] IMB worker RUSTY FORD had been ministering to Raul’s family for years when Raul’s uncle shared that Raul was struggling with drugs. Rusty took Raul to a Christian rehab center for treatment, counseling and prayers. During his treatment, Raul accepted Jesus, followed by his twin brother, Jorge. The brothers are kickboxing champions and wanted to use their passion for boxing to reach others, so Rusty helped them start kickboxing classes at a church. Through the class, they have shared the gospel with more than 50 guys, and many have decided to follow Christ and stop using drugs. Praise God that gifts through the Cooperative Program enable Rusty to disciple these brothers as they share with others.

for week of December 31, 2017

Evening: Sharing Jesus with Young Families in Florida
[Florida] Before planting churches in Florida, ROBERT BECKMAN had served as a student pastor in Colorado, an International Mission Board missionary in Western Europe and a staff member at the Florida Baptist Convention. Today he is co-planting Redemption Church in Lakeland, Fla. The new church plant is reaching young families, most of whom have never been to church or haven’t been in years. Thanks to your gifts given through the Cooperative Program, Robert can build relationships in Lakeland, tell people about Jesus and help them connect to Redemption Church. Pray that God will help the church develop more leaders in the coming years.

Bible Reference & Statement: Romans 13:11-12

Has this been a year of growth that gives witness of what God is doing in us? For many it has. Growth in giving is a possibility within reach for most of us during the coming year.

*Indicates name change for security.