Southern Baptist Convention

for week of June 4, 2017

Morning: Sharing Despite Adversity
[South Asia] Christian workers, RAWSON AND CARLIE BRINLEY* returned to an area where three villagers had previously confessed their faith. They quickly learned the villagers had recanted their faith and said all pathways are the same. They had been beaten, and the village leaders told outside believers not to return to the village. That same week, the Brinleys met with other believers living in a different area. There, the believers reported they found 10 houses of peace where they shared the gospel. Despite the ups and downs of work overseas, pray that Christian workers who are supported through the Cooperative Program will not be discouraged. Pray they continue taking the gospel to new places.

for week of June 4, 2017

Evening: Reaching Wyoming through Personal Relationships
[Wyoming] AL BELLA pastored two churches in Alabama before sensing the Lord’s call to plant a church in Kemmerer, Wyo. In two years the church has grown from three people to 40. The church has seen many come to faith in Christ. Each year the church does three outreach events in town, but Al says the church has found that personal relationships are the best way to reach the people of Kemmerer with the gospel. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program help Al develop relationships in Kemmerer and disciple people in the truth of the gospel. Pray that the people of the city would see their need for Christ.

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.

*Indicates name change for security.


for week of June 11, 2017

Morning: Starting New Churches among Montana’s Ranchers
[Montana] ED SMITH’s assignment is to start new churches in eastern Montana. Though the size of Maine, the region has only 85,000 people. Most of the pastors are bivocational since the churches typically average only 30 to 60 attenders. One significant challenge in starting new churches in the region is finding church planters who have the skills to work on the region’s ranches, which provide most of the jobs. Ed is grateful for your gifts through the Cooperative Program and asks you to pray for God to guide him as he works in these small ranching communities. He also asks you to pray for the pastors who serve the region.

for week of June 11, 2017

Evening: Look at the Heart
[Eurasia] Christian worker MATT FONTENOT met a man outside a tattoo parlor who displayed his new tattoo for him. Matt showed him a small water drop tattoo and told Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The man told Matt he reads the Bible every day. His father and grandfather were pastors, but he went a different way. He and Matt made a plan to continue talking about the gospel. “He’s one of those guys you would discount immediately because of his looks,” Matt said. “But who knows? He could be the next church planter.” Your gifts through the Cooperative Program help Matt and others reach people of all backgrounds in Eurasia.

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 balanced.


for week of June 18, 2017

Morning: Going to the People
[Thailand] A people group in Thailand is treated as outcasts because they are fleeing from oppression. They work long hours and make very little money. Although many migrant workers in Thailand have not heard the gospel, God is giving missionaries an opportunity to talk about Jesus. Recently, a team of high school and college students went to migrant worker villages to serve alongside missionaries who are supported through the Cooperative Program. The students went to a village to share the gospel, and five of the migrant women prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior. Pray for these women to boldly live for Jesus, and pray for more migrant workers to profess faith in Christ.

for week of June 18, 2017

Evening: Partying for Jesus in Utah
[Utah] JEFF HURLBUT planted Morgan Grace Fellowship in Morgan County, Utah, the county with the highest per capita population of Mormons in the state. Last year missions teams from Mississippi and Kentucky helped Jeff host two daily “Party in the Park” events for children, which averaged 120 attendees. He says the children had a hard time understanding why people would come from so far away just to play, sing and teach Bible stories to them. Jeff appreciates the Cooperative Program gifts of Southern Baptists and asks you to pray for his family’s strength as they minister in Morgan County.

Bible Reference & Statement: Leviticus 7:1,11,13

The Hebrews’ 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 25, 2017

Morning: Helping Seminary Students Discover God’s Mission
[North Carolina] MIKE DODSON serves as a mobilization missionary on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., where he helps students understand how God can use them in church planting through the Send North America strategy. Besides teaching at the seminary, Mike spends his time recruiting and coaching students to plant their lives in lesser-reached places of North America. He also leads missions trips for students to key cities throughout North America. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program support Mike as he helps students discover their place in God’s mission. Pray that God will give Mike wisdom as he helps students.

for week of June 25, 2017

Evening: Oppressed in Southeast Asia
[Southeast Asia] When thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group, fled Myanmar by sea, they hoped to leave an oppressive homeland. Yet several months later, many Rohingya are still without a home. Although many Southeast Asian countries refused to let passengers disembark, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have temporarily provided shelter for some of the Rohingya. Almost 1 million Rohingya are often denied food and medical care. Workers SCOTT AND ALYSSA BRANDING*, supported through the Cooperative Program, bring clothing and food to the Rohingya in southern Thailand. The items were purchased with funds from Baptist Global Response. Pray that God uses the Brandings to show His love to the Rohingya so they might trust Him for eternal life.

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.