The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.
Morning: Singing the Gospel [Southeast Asia] Before going to the hospital, Mary* prayed for miraculous healing from her cancer. When Mary met with doctors, they gave her the news: Her cancer was completely gone. Mary, overwhelmed with gratitude, wrote the first Christian worship
song in her language to express thanks to God. IMB worker MONA KUHRIK*, supported through the Cooperative Program, serves among Mary’s people to help train believers to share the gospel. Just last month, nine people from this people group came to faith. Pray that Mary’s new songs will lead more people to faith in Jesus, and pray for Mona as she disciples those new believers.
for week of May 7, 2017
Evening: Ministering to the ‘Least of These’ in New Orleans [Louisiana] As director of the Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, KAY BENNETT ministers to the physical and emotional needs of people dealing with homelessness, domestic violence, human trafficking and substance abuse. As she does so, she takes every opportunity to share the gospel. Located four blocks from the historic French Quarter, the Baptist Friendship House provides transitional housing for homeless women and children. Kay ministers to the “least of these” realizing that as she does, she is ministering to Jesus. Kay thanks you for your church’s gifts given through the Cooperative Program. Ask God to give Kay strength, courage and safety as she ministers in this environment.
Bible Reference & Statement: Luke 24:4-6a
God is the great giver. He gave His Son to be our Savior. Christ gave Himself on the cross and rose again that all may have an opportunity to receive God’s gift of eternal salvation. God’s giving was prompted by love and is the example for our giving.
*Indicates name change for security.
for week of May 14, 2017
Morning: Planting a Simple Church to Reach America’s Middletown [Indiana] JEREMIAH KINNEY is planting a “simple church” in Muncie, Ind., where people are encouraged to care for one another through team- work, discussion and discipleship. Jeremiah also challenges Remedy City Church to actively care for the city. Kinney says Muncie is unique for not being unique. Called “Middletown” by a famous sociologist, Muncie was seen as highly representative of the country as a whole. To better reach this community, the church emphasizes discipleship and learning to share the gospel. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program are helping Jeremiah start a church with an average age of 30. Pray for Jeremiah to continue to build new relationships in the city.
for week of May 14, 2017
Evening: An Imam Accepts Christ [Sub-Saharan Africa] AbouBaka had several dreams about a man in white. AbouBaka was an imam—an Islamic teacher—from an ethnic group that is 99 percent Muslim. His family persecuted him for these dreams and claimed evil spirits possessed him, but he sought out a Baptist pastor who brought him to the home of MIKE MCAFEE, an urban missionary supported by your gifts through the Cooperative Program. Mike shared Bible stories about the man in white—Jesus—and the imam accepted Christ as Savior. Knowing the persecution would continue, AbouBaka immediately moved to a neighboring country to establish a new life. Pray AbouBaka will find a community of Christians to love and support him.
Bible Reference & Statement: Matthew 6:11
Praying to God for the necessities of life is proper. God is recognized as the beneficent Creator upon whom we depend. Our own giving reflects our trust in God’s giving to us.
for week of May 21, 2017
Morning: Impromptu Object Lesson [South Asia] Christian worker SKYLAR PIPPIN* was watching his
son climb a beautiful tree when a boy named Nathan* came over, pointed at Skylar’s son and said, “His name is Tarzan!” Nathan scampered up the tree to join “Tarzan,” and the boys played together the rest of the day. Later, Skylar saw a branch from the tree that had thorns on it. He shared with Nathan about how God’s Son wore a crown of thorns much like what they saw. That afternoon, Nathan chose to follow Jesus only, and Skylar gave him a child’s Bible. As you give through the Cooperative Program, pray that Nathan’s testimony would bring good news to his family, friends and teachers.
for week of May 21, 2017
Evening: Planting Churches Where There Were None [Massachusetts] When SURESH SAMMANGI heard from a North Ameri- can Mission Board missionary in 2013 that there were more than 80,000 Eastern Indian people in Boston with no gospel-believing church, he sensed God’s call to start a church in the city. In 2014 he moved his family to Boston to start a church planting residency at Boston’s City on a Hill Church as he made plans to start Indian Community Church. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program help Suresh share the gospel with a people steeped in a polytheistic worldview. Pray for the 80,000 Indian people in metro Boston who have no evangelical church among them.
Bible Reference & Statement: Romans 13:7-8
Being a good citizen is part of Christian stewardship. Taxes are to be paid when due, thus fulfilling our obligation. The one part of Christian stewardship that can never be satisfied is our need to express love. Loving, as expressed in giving, is an ongoing characteristic of a Christian.
for week of May 28, 2017
Morning: Planting a Church for Hispanics in Anchorage [ALASKA] Born in South Korea, STEVE KIM moved to Latin America when he was 2 years old. He came to faith in Jesus through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Called to reach Hispanics and Latinos for Christ, he has planted the only Hispanic Baptist church among the 35,000 Hispanics in Anchorage, Alaska. Many Hispanics in Anchorage work on Sundays and struggle to come to church faithfully. Thanks to your church’s commitment to give to North American missions through the Cooperative Program, Steve can provide a gospel witness in a community in desperate need of new churches. Pray for Sunset Hills Hispanic Baptist Church to grow numerically and spiritually.
for week of May 28, 2017
Evening: Forgiveness and Healing through English Classes [South Asia] Two students in an English class listened intently as a Christian volunteer shared the story of how Jesus forgave a paralyzed man of his sins and healed him. As the volunteer continued, the students were so immersed in the Bible stories they skipped their next computer session. At the end of the stories, the students said they wanted this forgiveness and cleansing, too. They prayed to receive Christ into their lives. Each week, 15 to 30 young migrant workers come to these English classes. Pray God will use Christian volunteers, who are supported through the Cooperative Program, to reach more students with good news through these English classes.
Bible Reference & Statement: Exodus 20:3
In almost everything we do there are reference points. The first commandment is important in reference to our giving. Christians are good stewards when they live, give and care in a way that puts God first—in a way that says, “God is owner, we are managers.”