for week of June 1, 2014

Morning: Morning: God Is Always Faithful
(East Asia) OLIVIA BLAIR* serves among students in East Asia. Olivia lives in a 400-square-foot apartment and teaches parttime at a university. Every afternoon, about 50 students come to her office to practice English, and about 200 people a week visit her small apartment — provided, in part, by Cooperative Program gifts — for prayer, fellowship and Bible study. Many students in her group come from minority people groups. She believes God is faithful to bring minority people groups to a place where they can hear and respond to the Gospel and then return to their families, taking their new-found faith to places where foreigners cannot go. *Names changed.

for week of June 1, 2014

Evening: Evening: Overcoming The Odds
(Arizona) Phoenix and Tucson are home to 5.2 million of the 6 million people of Arizona. Only one out of 10 people in Phoenix claim to be a follower of Jesus, and the city has only one Southern Baptist church for every 19,897 people. As the city coordinator for Send North America: Phoenix, MONTY PATTON is helping to plant new churches in the Phoenix area. Monty and his wife, NANCY, are thankful for your prayers and your commitment to missions through the Cooperative Program. They ask you to pray for God to call more church planters to Arizona.

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.”

for week of June 8, 2014

Morning: Morning: Blindfolded and Beaten
(California) Caught smuggling Bibles from Turkey to his Southern Baptist underground church, ARA TOROSIAN was removed from his home, blindfolded, beaten and questioned about other Christian leaders. By God’s grace, Ara was able to leave Iran after his terrifying experience and come to the United States as a refugee. Thanks in part to your giving through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®, Ara planted one of the first Armenian Southern Baptist churches—Armenian Fellowship Church of Burbank—a new congregation reaching Armenian-speaking people with the truth of God’s Word. Pray for Ara and the many people he is sharing the gospel with in California.

for week of June 8, 2014

Evening: Evening: Gospel Access
(Russia) KELLY and JEANNE MANIRE are gearing up to help with another Winter Olympics. They helped coordinate ministry efforts at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. In 2013, they moved to Russia to help Russian Baptists plant churches and to help coordinate volunteer efforts related to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. They are part of a greater ministry called “Engage Sochi,” which seeks to minister not only during the Olympic Games, but also before and after the games. Southern Baptists’ gifts through the Cooperative Program make it possible for workers such as the Manires to be onsite during world events to share the Gospel with people from many nations.

Bible Reference & Statement: 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
The Bible challenges Christians to be faithful stewards. In this Scripture, Paul uses the word stewardship in the context of sharing the gospel. Faithful giving is one way we can help share the gospel and express our stewardship.

for week of June 15, 2014

Morning: Morning: Taking Care of Hearts
(Tajikistan) The Kyrgyz people live tucked into a valley far from the hustle and bustle of city life in the Muslim land of Tajikistan. The Kyrgyz live in villages, as their Tajik neighbors do, where they grow potatoes. Humanitarian aid organizations teach them better ways to tend to their lands, but no one tends to their hearts. Approximately 125,000 Kyrgyz live in Tajikistan, with roughly 11, 000 in a very high-altitude area. The Kyrgyz of Tajikistan are completely unreached for Christ; there are no Christian believers among them. Cooperative Program gifts will help fund the training and practical needs of the people God calls to take His Gospel to the Kyrgyz.

for week of June 15, 2014

Evening: Evening: The Lostness of Man
(Canada) Sometimes God calls people to faraway places to serve Him. In LUCAS AUBE’s case, God called him “home.” Lucas was struck by the lost state of the world and, more specifically, the lost state of Quebec where less than 1 percent is evangelical Christian. As a fellow Quebecois, Lucas understands the language and culture. Thanks in part to our support of missions through the Cooperative Program, Lucas is sowing seeds of the Gospel among one of the most underserved people groups in North America through his ministry as collegiate minister at Bishop’s University and Champlain College and as church planter of Encounter Church. Pray for life transformations of those he shares the gospel with in Quebec.

Bible Reference & Statement: 1 Timothy 5:8
Fathers are to be responsible for managing the affairs of their families. Providing the material necessities for one’s family is as much a part of Christian stewardship as giving to God. But providing for one’s family and giving to God should be kept in line.

for week of June 22, 2014

Morning: Morning: Unlikely Friendships
(The Netherlands) The Netherlands is known for bustling cities, beautiful canals and fields of colorful flowers. But The Netherlands is not known for its large Muslim population. Within a few years, statistics project the Muslim population of Amsterdam could reach 50 percent. Approximately 500 mosques and 50 Islamic schools exist in the country. Two-thirds of Dutch North Africans say they are marginalized by Dutch society. This presents a challenge in sharing the Gospel because, as “second-class citizens,” they are not used to being sought after as friends and companions. Cooperative Program gifts support Southern Baptist representatives who share God’s love with Muslims fraught with frustration or despair in the Dutch country.

for week of June 22, 2014

Evening: Evening: Reaching First Generation Followers
(Colorado) DAVE HOWETH’s passion for church planting was birthed out of his own experience of being a first generation follower of Christ. He is the first in a family of six to become a follower of Christ. Today, as the city coordinator for Send North America: Denver, Dave is mobilizing church planters and churches to reach first generation believers. Your prayers and sacrificial gifts through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® are making a difference in Denver, where 90 percent of the population does not have a relationship with Christ.

Bible Reference & Statement: Leviticus 7:1,11,13
The Hebrew’s worship of God was prompted by commitment. Commitment resulted in trespass (repayment or guilt) offerings and peace (fellowship) offerings. For Christians, Christ has made a once-and-for-all-time sacrifice for our sin. Our giving is our gratitude.

for week of June 29, 2014

Morning: Morning: Investment Forward
(Florida) PATRICK COATS credits his grandfather’s leadership for his ministry journey. Paying that investment forward, Patrick is continuing to invest in the lives of others as he pastors Kingdom Covenant Church and serves through Urban Impact Ministries in Miami, where he assists churches in spreading the Gospel through starting and growing new African-American and multicultural congregations. Your commitment to sharing Christ’s love with others through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® allows Patrick and ARCHALENA to make a difference in the lives of future missionaries.

for week of June 29, 2014

Evening: Evening: Taking an Adventure
(Botswana) BRENT and AMANDA TURNER, missionary apprentices to Botswana, have found Africa to be a land of adventure. Not all adventures have been expected, such as being bitten by a lion, chased by a hippo, charged by an elephant and bitten by poisonous spiders. The Turners have dealt with scorpions, tick-bite fever and even being hit by a truck while standing at a funeral. They never know what adventure will be next, but the reason they continue to serve in Botswana is to share Christ — to make His name known among the Tswana people. Cooperative Program gifts support missionaries such as the Turners with day-to-day needs — and the occasional unexpected adventure.

Bible Reference & Statement: Matthew 16:26
The answer to the first question in this Scripture is “nothing.” The answer to the second question can be that the Christian gives whatever he can back to God because God has given him eternal life. We also give to help share the Gospel with others.