Latest Prayer Requests
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I am taking a new position as the wellness unit director for the Arkansas State Police, which will require us to move to central Arkansas. Pray the wellness team members will be both proactive and reactive in considering the personal and professional needs of the more than 1,000 employees of the Arkansas State Police. Please pray Jennifer and I would have a successful relocation, that there would be a teaching position for Jennifer in the new school district and that we would have continued peace and faith as we rely on God’s guidance and His perfect timing.
Please pray for the organizers and attendees of the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) conference, which will be held June 11–13. This conference will celebrate four decades of networking and equipping among international student ministers from multiple denominations, including Southern Baptists. Pray today that international student ministers on campuses across the U.S. and Canada would have God’s strength, stamina, flexibility and grace. Pray local churches will welcome students from every nation and share God’s love with them. Pray the Lord of the Harvest will raise up more international student ministers to serve on campuses everywhere.
We would greatly appreciate prayer as we begin construction on a building for our church. Pray that the Lord would continue to provide for our needs and that we would have a smooth construction process. We will be new to the neighborhood, so please pray that we would have favor among neighbors and in the local school. Pray that we would be faithful to share the gospel and that we would see people come to Christ. Please also pray for the team we are sending out in September to plant a church. The name of the church will be Harvest Church. Thank you for praying.
Please pray that God would raise 12 Bible study teachers from within our church and that He would stir our members to have an active prayer life. Pray we would all be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pray we would make wise decisions regarding how we conduct our Sunday worship services. Please also pray as we plan for Vacation Bible School, which will be held June 28–July 3. Pray we would have great success in our community and that many who are lost will be saved.
Pray those who have been watching our worship services online can make it to Sunday morning in-person services, as live services reopen.
The week the pandemic hit, our church plant voted to merge with a church that has 60 years of ministry in a community with few evangelical churches. We are preparing to have our grand opening August 15. Pray we will see hundreds of lives changed by Jesus in our community and around the world.
Please pray for us as we work to have Beacon Church fully functioning by the time college students return to Kutztown University in August. We are also taking over the leadership of our community’s after-school program (Oasis) for middle-school and high-school students. We have a lot on our plates all at once. Pray we would have a palpable sense of God’s presence and empowerment as we move forward with these new things. Thanks in advance.
The year 2020 was a refining year for us, and we are looking at 2021 as a rebuilding year. Pray as we form a partnership with a local church that is committed to helping us raise up more laborers who will help fill specific roles in worship, children’s ministry, administration and communications. Additionally, pray for our outreach efforts this summer as we have five college interns joining us who will help us build new relationships as we seek to make disciples who make disciples. Finally, pray we will be patient and endure as we wait for Portland to fully reopen from coronavirus restrictions. Pray Jesus will continue to build His church despite regulations regarding gatherings, outreach events, etc.
Please pray for the safety and success of our 60 college students who are being sent out from First Baptist Church of Opelika to go across the country and to different parts of the world to serve and share the name of Christ. We have teams going to North Africa; Costa Rica; Boston, Mass.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Apalachicola, Fla. Pray the students who are staying in Auburn for the summer will grow in Christ and leverage their jobs and/or classes for the kingdom.
Please pray as we await the birth of our third son. Pray for Julie’s health and the health of our baby. Pray more workers will join us at our church plant, Anchor Church South. Pray for divine appointments as we work to spread the gospel in a difficult area.
Please pray we can open our church soon. Also, please pray for the unstable conditions in my home country of Ethiopia. We need God’s divine hand of intervention.
My brother-in-law, Matt, lost his job. Please pray God would give him a new job soon — one that is perfectly suited for him.
We are in the process of forming our first leadership teams for our church plant. Please pray that God would be in the midst of this process and will call people to lead and serve. Also, pray for open hearts within the Hispanic community around the church. We will soon begin outreach events. Pray God would draw many to Him and that they would join our church family. Thank you for your prayers.
Please continue to pray for my 49-year-old son, Mike, who has Kappa light-chain deposition disease, which is a rare form of cancer. He lost kidney function in 2009 and began dialysis, ultimately losing his kidneys in 2010. Through treatment, the disease finally went into remission in 2012. April 3, 2013, I was able to donate a kidney to him, which lasted until October 2020, when the disease returned, and he lost the transplant kidney. He is now back on dialysis three times a week and chemo every other Friday. He has had to give up his job and go on disability. Please pray God will grant him comfort and peace in the days ahead.