In John 17 Jesus prays toward the fulfillment of His mission to reach lost humanity.
He also prays that His followers would join Him in that mission (see John 17:24). The North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) is one way believers can join Jesus in His work of taking the gospel to the world. This offering provides believers and churches the opportunity to both give to missions, and to pray toward missions. Since prayer is foundational to all we are and do as believers, it is an essential component of the NCMO emphasis.
Sun., Sept. 13
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer
to God for them is for their salvation.”
— Romans 10:1
Pray for Pastor Neng Yang and the members of First Hmong Baptist Church, a new church plant in Albemarle. Pastor Yang and his people share the love and message of Jesus among a people group whose religious background includes animism, the worship of nature. This past year the congregation witnessed 43 people give their hearts to Jesus. Thank God for each of these new believers and pray for an even greater harvest in the days to come.
Mon., Sept. 14
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it
is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
— James 2:17
Pray for the disaster relief ministry of North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM). In 2008, NCBM volunteers responded to multiple natural disasters caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and wildfires. These volunteers provided 13,500 volunteer workdays of service to people in need and witnessed hundreds of people come to faith in Jesus.
Tue., Sept. 15
“Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”
— Acts 13:3
Pray for Pedro Bueno, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Maranatha in Clinton.
Pastor Bueno has been instrumental in planting four Hispanic churches in North Carolina, all planted to share Jesus with the fastest-growing ethnic group in North Carolina. Pastor Bueno is also assisting Eastern Baptist Association in starting a Bible institute to train the next generation of Hispanic church planters and leaders.
Wed., Sept. 16
“Freely you received, freely give.”
— Matthew 10:8
Pray for the ministry of the Red Springs Mission Camp in Robeson County. Pray for Larry Osborne, Teresa Osborne and Windell Hunt who lead the ministry. Pray for the safety of the NCBM volunteers as they repair homes for low income families. Pray for the spiritual health of the residents whose homes are repaired and pray for Eddie and Martha Williams as they oversee the construction and launch of a second mission camp in Shelby.
Thurs., Sept. 17
“And the Lord added to their number daily
tose who were being saved.”
— Acts 2:47
Pray for Pastor Vijay Kumar Allampalli and the congregation of the Winston-Salem Asian Indian Fellowship. Aided by Kumar’s leadership, North Carolina Baptists have established multiple new church plants to reach Asian Indian people. Pray for the relational cultivating events planned by these congregations to reach even more Asian Indians for Jesus.
Fri., Sept. 18
“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’”
— Matthew 25:45
During these tough economic times, when record levels of unemployment mean a lack of insurance for thousands of North Carolina families, pray for the medical/dental bus ministry of the North Carolina Baptist Men. This ministry, fully staffed with volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses, provides free medical/dental care to thousands of your North Carolina neighbors each year. Every patient receives prayer, spiritual guidance and the gospel of Jesus.
Sat., Sept. 19
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
— Jeremiah 33:3
Pray for Jeff Smith, a cowboy evangelist who works with the Cowboy Church Network, and Louis Gibson, pastor of Blue Ridge Cowboy Church in Fletcher. Blue Ridge is one of several dozen cowboy churches evangelizing and ministering to the cowboy community across our state.
In 2008, Blue Ridge witnessed 37 professions of faith in Jesus.
Sun., Sept. 20
“Then we shall not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.”
— Psalm 80:18
Pray for a heaven-sent revival to sweep across North Carolina. Pray for North Carolina Baptists to be bold with the gospel and allow God to use us to push back the spiritual darkness in our state.
Pray that North Carolina Baptists will give sacrificially to the 2009 North Carolina Mission Offering, providing the resources needed to reach our state for Jesus through church planting and the evangelistic ministries of North Carolina Baptist Men.