for week of August 3, 2014

Morning: Morning: Baked Goods For Jesus
(Kosovo) Southern Baptist representatives BRANDON and LORI DAILY* work with several innovative ministries that rely on missions volunteers. The family manages a bakery and coffee shop, which has become a popular spot for the Kosovar people, especially children and youth. The shop serves “American-style” baked goods such as cookies, cakes and coffee, complete with homemade syrup. They also work in a jalapeño farm which teaches poor, local farmers how to grow peppers to supply to local chefs. Through both ministries, the family looks for ways to share the Gospel in the predominantly Muslim area. Gifts through the Cooperative Program enable the family to live where they can build life-changing relationships.

for week of August 3, 2014

Evening: Evening: One's Disability Can Encourage Others
(Michigan) An 80 percent hearing loss and speech impediment doesn’t discourage SCOTT BLANCHARD from remaining committed to his calling. As a church planter and pastor of Lakepointe Church, Scott uses his disability to encourage and connect with others. He proves each day that God can use anyone who is willing to be His servant. With your dedication to fulfilling the Great Commission through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®, Scott and his wife, KAREN, are investing in the lives of church planting interns and apprentices so more seeds can be sown in the Detroit area.

Bible Reference & Statement: 2 Corinthians 8:12
God is actively doing good things for us. And it pleases God 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.

for week of August 10, 2014

Morning: Morning: After-School and Summer Programs
(New York) Raised in a Southern Baptist church, ANDREW MANN had his first taste of missions serving with a fellow NAMB missionary at East 7th Baptist Church in New York City. Burdened by the number of at-risk kids in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, Andrew became church planter and executive director of Graffiti 2 Church and Community Ministries. Your partnership through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® allow Andrew the opportunity to serve through ministries such as afterschool and summer programs for kids, family advocacy and special events while spreading seeds of the Gospel and mentoring future missionaries.

for week of August 10, 2014

Evening: Evening: At The Intersection of Two Lives
(Central Asia) Fifteen years ago, Tarik* stepped out of his office in Central Asia to watch a fire in a nearby building. He met an American man standing in the street who invited him to church. There, Tarik met an older American man who spoke his language and knew his culture. Tarik eventually became a Christian. The men drifted apart, but Tarik grew in his faith. The older man decided to retire. While passing through a mall in Tarik’s city, he recognized Tarik. Their reunion was warm, and Tarik said the man changed his life. Cooperative Program gifts enable American Christians to live and work around the world where lives are changed for Jesus. *Names changed.

Bible Reference & Statement: Acts 2:45 & 4:32
Giving was a vital part of the early Christian’s life. It is reported in Acts 2 and 4 that some gave all they possessed. Giving must be important to believers today. Is giving important to you? Are you giving what God wants you to give?

for week of August 17, 2014

Morning: Morning: Touched Through Generosity
(Northern Africa and the Middle East) Amira’s* North African family are believers who have been persecuted by their Muslim neighbors since becoming Christians. Eight-year-old Amira asked Samia,* a Muslim friend, to play. Samia’s mother overheard the girls: Samia wanted to pretend to pray, but Amira responded that prayer is not a game. She showed Samia how believers pray. She prayed for Muslim families who had persecuted them. She asked God to bless them and forgive them. Samia’s mother said she felt the earth shake during the little girl’s prayer. Later, she and her family of 14 Muslims accepted Jesus as Savior. The Cooperative Program supports workers in North Africa who disciple new believers such as these. *Name changed.

for week of August 17, 2014

Evening: Evening: Reaching a Variety of People
(Minnesota) STEVE DYESS serves in a multitude of roles in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. This allows him opportunities to minister to a variety of people. As the Director of Missions, he serves as a pastor to pastors and prospective church planters. As a church planting catalyst, he encourages church plants to produce new believers and disciple-makers while also making plans to plant more churches. And, as the Send City Coordinator for Minneapolis/St. Paul, Steve coordinates and executes the church planting strategy that results in the rapid planting of healthy Southern Baptist churches. Your Cooperative Program dollars make it possible for Steve and his wife, BETTY, to reach people for Christ in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Bible Reference & Statement: Genesis 25:29-32
Birthrights usually placed the eldest son in an honorable position. But stewardship was involved — responsibility and accountability. Christians are blessed with a birthright and are also responsible and accountable for the way life and resources are used.

for week of August 24, 2014

Morning: Morning: Capture a Vision
(Missouri) More than 1,200 international students from 72 countries attend Missouri State University. Many of the students are open to learning about Christianity as part of studying American culture. Few, though, take the step of faith to follow Jesus. For North American missionary BILLY GRADY, it is exciting to see them come to Christ, be discipled and trained, and sent back home as missionaries to their friends and families. Your Cooperative Program dollars help Billy and his wife, GINA make an impact worldwide. They ask that you pray others will capture a vision for reaching the nations by reaching international students who are attending Missouri State.

for week of August 24, 2014

Evening: Evening: The Matriarch's Bible
(West Africa) ESTHER TRUCKER* is a Southern Baptist worker in West Africa. One of the matriarchs in the church Esther attends summoned the pastor. She said, “I want you to take this Bible and give it to someone who can use it. I won’t need it anymore.” About a week later, the matriarch died. Cooperative Program gifts support Christian workers such as Esther who are committed to passing on the stories from the Word of God. At the same time the matriarch’s life was being celebrated in her funeral, a team of men trained volunteers to join an evangelistic ministry to West African truckers. During the training, 11 people accepted Christ as Savior. *Name changed.

Bible Reference & Statement: Deuteronomy 16:17
Giving to God has always been in relation to the amount God gives to people. A major difference in Old Testament and New Testament giving was the use made of the gift given. Christians give to help win others to faith in Christ.

for week of August 31, 2014

Morning: Morning: Breaking Down Barriers and Overcoming Walls
(Montana) Reaching the unchurched in places like Missoula, Mont., means thinking outside the church walls and breaking down barriers of traditional Sunday morning worship with activities and messages that resonate with the local culture. In planting Outdoorsmen Church, MARK and SACHA HASENYAGER held midweek evening services offering free barbeque, contemporary worship, high-energy children’s programming and solid Biblical teaching. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program help Mark and Sacha invest in interns and new church planters in western Montana by encouraging and mentoring them along their journeys. Pray that many other unchurched people will be drawn to Jesus and grow in their relationship with him.

for week of August 31, 2014

Evening: Evening: The Matriarch's Bible
(Brazil) Southern Baptist missionaries JEFF and CAM DUNSON serve in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, where people have an independent spirit befitting gauchos (cowboys). Locals honor their gaucho history with traditional dress and civil war reenactments. This rugged individualism affects how people hear and respond to the Gospel, too. Based in Porto Alegre, the Dunsons serve in the least-reached area of Brazil, where less than 2 percent of the population is evangelical Christian. But people who love legends love a good story. The Dunsons have an epic story to tell: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Cooperative Program gifts enable the Dunsons to live in Brazil and share God’s love.

Bible Reference & Statement: 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12
From the beginning, a part of people’s stewardship — management of God’s world — has involved work. The New Testament champions honest work. From our work we have financial resources to give through our church to support God’s work.