Southern Baptist Convention

for week of July 2, 2017

Morning: Passing down Fruit
[Southeast Asia] IMB missionary TIMOTHY KNIGHT* lives in a predominately Buddhist Southeast Asian country. His family works hard to meet people, build relationships and share the gospel. One day he met a woman who hoped her agricultural project would open new pathways for sharing the gospel. She asked if Timothy was interested in helping. They discovered the woman already knew Timothy’s parents. She met them in another country, and they shared the gospel with her. Now, she lives to tell that good news. Some missionaries, like Timothy’s parents, never see the fruit of God’s work. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program enable the Knights and others to share the gospel, whether or not they see their impact.

for week of July 2, 2017

Evening: New Congregation in Military Town
[Illinois] As one of the pastors at August Gate Church, KEVIN WRIGHT appreciates the variety in his ministry work. His primary role at the church is to oversee the establishment of a Metro East gathering where he gets the opportunity to preach, lead worship, counsel and develop new leaders. The suburban St. Louis community of O’ Fallon, Ill., is also home to Scott Air Force Base, the economic hub of the region. Your gifts given through the Cooperative Program help Kevin share the love of God with this military community. Ask God to use Kevin to continue developing a relentless culture of mission and discipleship within August Gate Church.

Bible Reference & Statement: Galatians 5:1

Freedom is precious to Christians. God allows us freedom to manage our lives and the material resources 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 9, 2017

Morning: Mobilizing Church Planters in Kansas
[Kansas] BRAD SIMMONS discovers, develops and deploys church planters to reach Wichita, Kan., and significant parts of central and southern Kansas. He often must travel miles of farm and pasture land to meet with church planters and look for new opportunities to plant churches. Many of the people in these small towns are far from God and need to discover the life-changing message of the gospel. Brad thanks you for your Cooperative Program gifts and asks you to pray that God would help him discover new church planters for the region. Also, pray that God would connect those new church planters to supportive sending churches.

for week of July 9, 2017

Evening: More Than a Walk in the Park
[South Asia] An IMB worker, his pastor friend and the pastor’s wife went to a park for a walk. The wife shared the gospel with a woman, who said she wanted to accept Christ. As they prayed, the woman’s husband shouted, “You are saying bad things about our gods and changing my wife’s religion!” He began beating the pastor while a crowd gathered. Then, a man told the crowd that nothing bad was shared about any religion, only good things about God’s forgiveness. He asked the pastor to share everything his wife had said with them. Due to support through the Cooperative Program, a walk in the park led to more than 30 people hearing the gospel.

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.

*Indicates name change for security.


for week of July 16, 2017

Morning: The Gospel Online
[Eurasia] Christian worker JOE KELLEY manages a page on a multilingual website where people ask questions about the gospel. A young believer helps him translate the answers. Joe checks them because sometimes the young man’s translations change the biblical meaning. Although frustrating, Joe sees it as an opportunity to teach doctrine. “He thinks he’s improving the text, when most of the time he’s changing the meaning,” Joe said. “So we have a discussion about why it’s wrong.” Your generous gifts through the Cooperative Program enable Joe to answer gospel questions for this online ministry and disciple young believers through these unexpected opportunities.

for week of July 16, 2017

Evening: Helping Reach Appalachia, Mississippi Valley with the Hope of the Gospel
[West Virginia] Born in the coalfields of West Virginia, BILL BARKER under- stands the culture of the people he is working to reach as the North Amer- ican Mission Board’s national missionary to Appalachia and the Mississippi River Ministry. Your gifts given through the Cooperative Program help Bill mobilize Southern Baptists and their resources to respond to the spiritual and physical needs in the two regions. He does this primarily through short- term missions teams and by connecting church plants and existing churches in the regions with churches outside of them. Pray for thousands of children who are finding hope and hearing the good news thanks to receiving Send Relief Christmas backpacks this year.

Bible Reference & Statement: Malachi 3:2-4

When God’s people sin, giving is often reduced or eliminated. When we de- liberately sin, we miss many of God’s blessings. Robbing God of tithes and offerings is a sin (Mal. 3:8). Since giving is part of our worship, confession and recommitment must precede giving.


for week of July 23, 2017

Morning: Spiritual Warfare in West Africa
[Sub-Saharan Africa] “A year ago we had only a few believers, and today we have two churches,” said Christian worker LAURA REESE* in West Africa. “I am speechless about how God is reaching my people.” Recently 61 new believers in two villages were baptized. Witch doctors from those villages came to cast spells against the believers, but Laura praised God with local believers when nothing resulted from the witch doctors’ efforts to destroy their faith. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program support Laura as she disciples and encourages these new believers. Pray they will remain safe and will be granted permission to meet freely for church services and Bible studies.

for week of July 23, 2017

Evening: God Calls Florida Couple to Atlantic City
[New Jersey] CHRISTOPHER “BUFF” MCNICKLE had a comfortable job he loved as a youth minister at a large church in Florida. Knowing that God had called him and his wife into an “uncomfortable” life, Buff began praying about what God had next for the couple. When his pastor asked if he’d consider planting a church, Buff began to sense the Lord’s call. Two years ago, Buff planted a church in Atlantic City, N.J. Buff thanks you for your gifts given through the Cooperative Program and asks you to pray God would help him and his wife, SISSY, be salt and light to the city’s broken people.

Bible Reference & Statement: Deuteronomy 8:18

In taking 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 your church to support Christian ministries.


for week of July 30, 2017

Morning: Helping Florida Baptists Reach a Diverse State
[Florida] MARC JOHNSTON discovered God’s call into missions as a college student when he met Home Mission Board (now NAMB) summer missionaries serving near his college. That summer 46 people—mostly internationals—accepted Christ as Lord. Today Marc, as a church and community ministries catalyst, helps Florida Baptist churches reach their diverse state. Thanks to your Cooperative Program gifts, Marc mobilizes churches to engage their communities through a mobile dental clinic, hunger ministries, English as a Second Language ministry and more. Pray for traveling safety for Marc as he often travels more than 70,000 miles each year. Also, pray for more volunteers for Florida’s port ministries.

for week of July 30, 2017

Evening: Proclaiming Freedom in the Trash Heaps of South Asia
[South Asia] SIDNEY DIXON* has completed one year in South Asia, but life still feels difficult. Even in the relative comfort and safety of her flat, there is no true escape from the harsh reality outside her windows. Sometimes she feels like escaping her work in the largest red light district in Asia, but the Father is gracious to remind her of His unmerited favor given to all believers. Sidney sees the millions of people in the trash heaps and brothels outside her door, and she feels compelled to proclaim His message of freedom in the gospel. Pray that God uses your gifts through the Cooperative Program to help workers share truth among the least of these.

Bible Reference & Statement: Romans 5:8

God is actively doing good things for us, and it pleases Him when we recognize that every good gift comes from Him. We, too, are to do good for others. When we join together in faithful giving, we pool our resources and extend our ability to do good things for others.