Pray for our participation in the GeorgeFest parade. Pray that the informational fliers will end up with people who need Jesus or are not connected to a local church. Pray that God will use those volunteering to be the light of Christ to those they will encounter. Pray that God will use the presence of our church and sister churches in the parade to renew the Interest of those participating in spiritual things. Pray that GIBC will always be fervent to pray for and witness to our community.
Pray for other churches and ministries that will be participating and purposefully reaching out during GeorgeFest. Pray that God will supernaturally work through His people to proclaim the gospel and see many come to Christ. Pray that the efforts of churches and ministries will yield much fruit. Pray that our local churches will always be fervent to pray for and witness to our community.
Pray for the efforts of Florida Baptists to reach multiple cultures with the gospel. Pray for those who lead our Florida Baptist Convention in this area: Patrick Coats (Black Multicultural Church Catalyst), John Voltaire (Haitian Church Catalyst), and Emanuel Roque (Hispanic Church Catalyst). Pray for the many multi-cultural churches in Florida, that God will use them to reach people other churches have difficulty reaching. Pray that God would call many out these churches to return as missionaries and church planters to their countries.
Pray for the Southern Baptist Convention. Praise God for the many years of cooperation that has lead to untied efforts to reach our communities and the world with the gospel. Pray for our president J.D. Greear, Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd, and other leaders as they have recently met to prepare for the Southern Baptist Convention in June. Pray for the Vision 2025 that was cast, that it will be a unifying goal for Southern Baptists. Pray for the contentiousness that is stirring between Southern Baptists, that the peace and wisdom of God will reign and our churches be more devoted to the mission of the church more than ever before.
North American Cities:
All roads may not lead to Indianapolis, but many do. More than 2 out of 3 Americans live within a day’s drive of the city, and more highways cross it than any other city in the U.S. It is truly the “Crossroads of America.”
Now is the time for the Church to use those roads to carry the gospel to the people of “Indy.” With more than 800,000 people in the city itself and close to 2 million people in the metro area, Indianapolis is the 11th largest city in the U.S. It is also one of the most unchurched. Only one out of five Indy residents go to church each weekend. More than a million people are not affiliated with any religious group.
Yet it’s the kind of metropolitan area where many people want to live and raise a family. It has an appealing balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm, with good schools, conservative values and a deep sense of patriotism.
Ironically, this good, clean lifestyle has possibly become the greatest stumbling block for the movement of the gospel. Many Indy residents believe they’re “good enough” and have no need for a Savior. Their search for the American Dream has drowned out their need for Jesus.
We believe the long-term answer to the city’s spiritual needs is in reproducible church plants that creatively engage the community with the gospel. And even though there are already teams in place to start the process, more help is desperately needed.
Pray for Mark Neal-Send City Missionary
Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Mark spent many of his 20+ years of ministry in Las Vegas, planting several churches and pastoring his own church plant for 13 years. He and his family have lived in Indiana for several years and have adapted well to the Hoosier lifestyle. Mark has a passion for people to know that life is messy for everyone, but the Gospel can clean it up. He and his wife, Lori, have three biological kids, Stephen, Jonathan and Hailey. As foster parents, they also have other children in and out of their home. Mark is a dedicated Georgia Bulldog fan and loves to spend quality time with family.
Send Mark an encouraging email and let him know we are praying for him: firstname.lastname@example.org
People Groups: 68
Christian Population: 39.89%
Once a French colony, the West African nation of Benin gained independence in 1960 and was then ruled by a Marxist-Leninist government. In 1989, Benin successfully transferred to a representative government and is now known for maintaining one of Africa’s most stable democracies. With a population just below ten million, Benin is hidden in the shadows of its neighbor Nigeria, one of the most populous nations on earth.
Although the democracy is considered stable, the government, like many in Africa, is permeated with corruption. One-third of the population lives in poverty, and barely one-third is literate. One of the world’s 20 least developed nations, Benin struggles to provide economic opportunities for its citizens. Many parents sell their children as slaves, mostly to the neighboring nation of Nigeria, and most of these precious children will never again see home. There are 50,000 children trafficked out of Benin each year. Black market trading and smuggling are widespread as well.
Historically one of the least evangelized nations in Africa, the Church in Benin has grown from 50,000 people to 770,000 in just thirty years. However, the nation also has one of the highest rates of syncretism, specifically combining Christianity, animism, and Voodoo. The need for trained pastors is high in order to disciple the growing number of Christians. There is also great need for media ministry in Benin, as most of the nation is illiterate. Nearly half of the languages in Benin do not have a Bible to inform the 60 total people groups of the loving nature of God.
- Pray for those who practice voodoo and witchcraft to be set free from the powers of darkness.
- Pray for the church to be made pure, steeped in the power of prayer and having an uncompromising faith.
- Pray for Bibles and Christian literature to be translated into many languages which are still without the Scriptures.
Unreached Peoples: Dendi, Dandawa
Population: 260,000 in Benin; 391,000 worldwide
Christian Population: 0.07%
Main Religion: Islam
The Dendi are almost entirely Muslim. Even though Islam introduced new elements to the Dendi culture, it left the underlying framework of custom and tradition virtually untouched. Islam is superficially important – every town has a mosque, or at least a Friday mosque. Some communities have imams (religious leaders) who teach Islamic philosophy, and Muslim ceremonial activities are frequently practiced. Spirit possession, magic, sorcery, ancestor worship, and witchcraft, however, remain the vital components of Dendi belief. Most of the villages have possession troops, magician-healers, and witches. In some places, ceremonies of spirit possession occur at least once a week. The most important ceremonies are the genji bi hori (a festival in which the Dendi make offerings to the “black spirits” believed to control pestilence) and the yenaandi (“rain dance”). Both of these are held in the dry season. Marabouts (Islamic holy men) lead community prayers but are also used in healing the sick.
Generally, the Dendi live simple but adequate lives, except in times of drought. Unfortunately, these occur regularly, leaving many children as orphans. Malnutrition is also a problem for many of them. Christian medical teams and humanitarian aid workers are needed to minister to the physical needs of the Dendi. Currently, there are some Christian resources available in the Dendi language. A majority of these precious people have not heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. Prayer is the key to seeing them reached for Christ.
- Ask the Lord to send Christian agricultural workers, educators, and doctors to minister to the physical needs of the Dendi.
- Pray that Christian radio broadcasts and evangelistic literature will be made available to the Dendi.
- Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Dendi who will boldly proclaim the Gospel.
- Pray that God will strengthen, encourage, and protect the Dendi believers.