As Christians we are asked to "pray without ceasing," according to 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and surely part of our praying should be devoted to supporting our missionaries.
As the new fall schedule starts up for most churches in September, it's a great time to focus the entire congregation on prayer. Please consider how you and your church can pray for the ministries supported through the North Carolina Missions Offering. Following are some suggested prayer points for individuals and churches.
Disaster relief is one of 17 different ministries led by Baptists on Mission. Volunteers responded to 15 disasters in 2015 including tornadoes, floods and earthquakes. Ministry was provided in locations from North Carolina to Nepal. Thank God for the work of disaster relief volunteers, and pray for them as they show and share Jesus’ love with people in need.
Church Planting Pastors
Our state is one of the fastest growing in the nation and is home to approximately 5.8 million spiritually lost people. This makes planting new churches a vital strategy for impacting lostness through disciple-making. Last year, North Carolina Baptists worked with 105 new churches. Pray for church planters, and ask the Father to draw many people to Jesus through new churches across our state.
North Carolina Baptists operate two Mission Camps – one in Shelby and one in Red Springs. The work at these camps spreads the good news of Jesus by helping meet the practical needs of people. Pray for the camp directors, David and Janet Brown in Shelby and Larry Osborne in Red Springs, as they lead volunteers to honor God by ministering to local residents in the communities around these camps.
North Carolina is home to 78 Baptist associations that work with local congregations to strengthen churches, share the gospel and make disciples. Each fall, several associations across the state engage in evangelistic outreach efforts at local, regional and state fairs, including the Mountain State Fair, the Dixie Classic Fair, the N.C. State State Fair and others. Pray for people’s hearts to welcome Jesus through the various associational ministries across the state.
Baptists on Mission operate two mobile medical/dental clinics. These two units traveled more than 21,000 miles in 2015, providing critically needed care at 140 locations to nearly 4,000 patients. A new health screening bus was added to the fleet in 2015, which allowed even more people to receive physical, emotional and spiritual care. Thank God for medical personnel who bring healing to hurting people. Pray that patients will meet Jesus, who is the One who can heal their souls.
Church Planting Consultants
Four church planting consultants with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina help recruit, train and encourage church planters across our state. Ask God to guide and encourage Mark Gray (team leader), Ralph Garay (Asian plants), Pam Mungo (town and country plants) and William Ortega (Hispanic plants). Also, pray for Chuck Register, executive leader for Church Planting and Missions Partnerships with the state convention.
Baptists on Mission
Baptists on Mission engage in mission projects across our state, nation and world. The leadership team includes Richard Brunson (executive director), Gaylon Moss (disaster relief) and Joanne Honeycutt (mobile medical coordinator). Ask God to give these leaders vision and passion to lead N.C. Baptists into God’s will and plan for taking the gospel to people in need – physically and spiritually.
Church Planting Among N.C.’s International Population
Did you know that more than 300 languages are spoken in North Carolina? The nations have become our neighbors! The Church Planting Team currently works with 64 language groups and with church planters from 17 countries. The Hispanic population of our state is now estimated to be about 1 million people. Pray for new churches to grow strong and new churches to be started to reach the diverse population of our state.