for week of July 6, 2014

Morning: Morning: Conversation Starter
(Canada) Southern Baptist missionary SALT JONES connects people, organizations and resources to reach European peoples with the Gospel. His wife, SUSAN, focuses on building relationships with East Asians. They reach diverse people groups in a university town in Canada, where they interact with a myriad of people, languages and cultures. Salt was nicknamed after his father, who received the nickname “Salty” from the salt blocks used for cattle on the ranch where he grew up. Today, Salt’s unusual name is a conversation starter, especially with people who speak other languages. He uses it as a way to introduce the Gospel to them as salt and light to the world (see Matthew 5). Cooperative Program gifts make university-related ministries possible worldwide.

for week of July 6, 2014

Evening: Evening: A Difference Maker
(New York) As a North American missionary serving as a church planting catalyst for Big Island Baptist Association, DAVID WHITEHEAD’s desire is to see many reached with the Gospel. His job description and the purpose of the association are the same: to support pastors, strengthen churches and start new works to accomplish the Great Commission. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® help David and his wife NANCY lead churches to reach their community with the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to raise up more church planters in the 14 locations that still need new churches.

Bible Reference & Statement: Galatians 5:1
Freedom is precious to Christians. God created us free to manage our lives and the material resources that He provided for our use. We have freedom to use a worthy portion to serve Christ, as when we give to our church. This pleases God and fills our own lives with joy.

for week of July 13, 2014

Morning: Morning: Share God's Love
(Louisiana) RANDALL and TANYA GILL began Community Impact of Bayou Association as a means to help the residents of Terrbonne and Lafourche Parish in Louisiana. They partner with churches and other ministries to offer relief through school projects, mobile food pantries, disaster relief and multi-housing ministries. By leading Bible studies, hosting volunteer groups and distributing Bibles, their goal is to share God’s love with people as they help meet physical needs. The Gills are thankful for your support through the Cooperative Program and ask that you pray for the many Homua Indians, Frenchspeaking people and African- American families they minister to each day.

for week of July 13, 2014

Evening: Evening: Anchored In Darkness
(Vietnam) Ten million people live in Ho Chi Minh (HOEchee-men) City, Vietnam, the largest city in Vietnam and the economic and manufacturing hub of the entire country. Formerly known as Saigon, the city was renamed in 1976 to honor the late president. The streets of the city are filled with constant activity, new construction and new businesses. Yet beneath the positive veneer, Ho Chi Minh City remains anchored in darkness. Scarcely 2 percent of the population has faith in Jesus Christ. The most predominant form of spirituality is ancestor worship. Gifts through the Cooperative Program support Southern Baptist representatives who seek to share the one true God with the people of Vietnam.

Bible Reference & Statement: Genesis 14:18-22
A person’s giving to God is prompted by a basic attitude. Abraham is an example. His attitude was that all he had belonged to God. He refused to keep the things he captured in battle even after he gave 10 percent of it in gratitude and worship. Unselfishness and giving go together.

for week of July 20, 2014

Morning: Morning: Building Confidence In Others
(South Asia) Ergon means “energy” or “power.” The Ergon handicrafts company, based in South Asia, seeks to empower women with job skills, income and confidence through employment in fair trade. Ladies create products such as stationery, boxed note cards and cloth-covered journals from locally made recycled cotton papers. Ergon’s supplies are purchased from craftsmen whose families have been making recycled cotton paper for more than 400 years. Gifts through the Cooperative Program enable Southern Baptist representatives such as DEREK and LEAH O’LEARY* to work alongside local women such as Mary*, who lives in a slum with her husband and son. A believer, Mary serves, counsels and loves the other women in her slum. *Names changed.

for week of July 20, 2014

Evening: Evening: Multiplying Congregations
(Maryland) Native Puerto Rican, JOSE NATER was pursuing a successful career in the hotel business until a career-advancing move to Cambridge, Md., changed his life. Jose found himself jobless, homeless and desperate for God’s provision. He learned God was in control of his life and dedicated himself to serving the Lord. Jose and his wife, MAYRA, started a church that multiplied by starting two churches. Now a Church Planting Center, Jose is leading his church to develop leaders and strategies to continue the church multiplication process. Your prayers for the Naters and your continued support of the Cooperative Program are needed to begin more churches in Maryland.

Bible Reference & Statement: Malachi 3:2-4
When God’s people sin, giving is often reduced or eliminated. When we deliberately sin, we miss many of God’s blessings. Robbing God of tithes and offerings is a sin (Mal. 3:8). Since giving is a part of our worship, confession and recommitment must precede giving.

for week of July 27, 2014

Morning: Morning: Motivate and Mobilize
(Maryland) JOEL RAINEY’s vision for church planting came while pastoring a church that was growing numerically but not penetrating the surrounding community. Today as a North American missionary serving as a church planting catalyst for Mid-Maryland Baptist Association, Joel’s role is to motivate and mobilize their 60 churches to more effectively reach central Maryland and the world with the Gospel. Joel and his wife, AMY, are encouraged by your support through the Cooperative Program and ask that you pray for Baptists in Maryland to respond to God’s call to share the Gospel in their communities.

for week of July 27, 2014

Evening: Evening: What's Your Favorite Book?
(Japan) Missionaries CHARLIE and TERESA SEELEN work with summer interns and volunteer teams to take the Gospel to the people of Kobe, Japan. One outreach effort is called “Five-Minute English.” Christian workers go to a major train station and hold up signs that say “Let’s Speak English.” People who are interested engage in a conversation through a series of questions. The last question asks them the name of their favorite book. Then the workers share theirs: the Bible. The workers also share the Gospel, if the opportunity arises. Each new Japanese acquaintance departs with a copy of a booklet about the life of Jesus, purchased with the help of Cooperative Program gifts.

Bible Reference & Statement: Deuteronomy 8:18
To take this truth seriously, you find yourself working side by side with God — in the field, warehouse, bank, shop, office, home, or pulpit. A beautiful way to acknowledge God is to give faithfully through our church to support Christian ministries.