Pray for North American missions March 6-13

by North American Mission Board
Friday, March 4, 2016 | 4 yrs old

“Here I am. Send me.”

Isaiah’s heart cry transcends time and place to resonate in the lives of thousands of Southern Baptist missionaries today.

From the eco-conscious homes of Portland, to the high-powered boardrooms of New York, to the bead-strewn streets of New Orleans, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) is partnering with churches to send out missionaries to the 32 Send Cities.

They share the love, hope, joy, and peace that can only be found through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ with the lost and hurting of the United States and Canada. The “here” may be different for each, but the heart and message are still the same.

The week of prayer for North American missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering runs from the first Sunday of March to the second Sunday of March. A prayer guide is available for download from NAMB in English and Spanish.

Your prayer support is vital to the ministry of these servants of the Lord. You can use the prayer guide in your personal devotion times, or use it as a valuable tool on your prayer journey with your church or Bible study group in the days and weeks leading up to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, or use it in your church year-round to emphasize North American missions and missions education.

Each of the missionaries profiled — as well as thousands more — benefit from your gifts to this offering.

Following are links to the missionary profiles and prayer points for each day of Annie Armstrong prayer emphasis.

Day One (Sunday, March 6)

  • Pray for missionaries working in cities across the continent to keep a steadfast focus on their mission as well as their own personal relationship with Jesus. (1 Tim. 4:6–9)
  • Pray God would send out more workers to share the gospel with the millions of North Americans still living in darkness, and God would prepare the hearts of those millions to hear. (Matt. 9:37–38)
  • Pray for yourself, the churches, and ministry leaders in your city to be sensitive to the needs in your area. (2 Thess. 3:1)

Day Two (Monday, March 7)
Featured missionaries: Barry and Amy Rager, Indianapolis (New Circle Church)

  • Pray for New Circle Church as it works through transitions to be able to better impact downtown Indianapolis. Pray for two new believers, Tony and Dana. New Circle recently launched three new community groups. Pray that those groups will push back lostness in Indy.
  • Pray God would show you how to be a missionary right where you are. (2 Cor. 5:14–15)

Day Three (Tuesday, March 8)
Featured missionaries: Zack and Autumn Randles, Washington, D.C. (Waterfront Church)

  • Pray For the Lord’s wisdom and guidance for Zack and other NAMB missionaries as they seek to follow God’s plan for the ministries He has given them. (John 12:26)
  • Pray you would trust the Lord to order your steps and provide for your every need as He guides you. (Phil. 4:19)

Day Four (Wednesday, March 9)
Featured missionary: Ryan and Seane’ Rice, New Orleans (Life Church)

  • Pray Ryan and Seane’ will continue to cover their ministry with prayer and that other missionaries and church planters would do the same — believing that God can and will answer. (1 John 5:14–15)
  • Pray you would draw near to the Lord in faith with great expectations. (Heb. 11:6)

Day Five (Thursday, March 10)
Featured missionaries: Tony and Sara Silveira, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Passion Center)

  • Pray God prepares the way for Tony, and other missionaries like him, serving in areas that are actively resistant to the gospel. (Matt. 5:14-16)
  • Pray that God will use your past and current experiences to bring glory to Himself. (Gen. 50:20)

Day Six (Friday, March 11)
Featured missionaries: Josh and Amy Carter, Portland, Ore. (Remedy Church)

  • Pray for the Carters, and church planters like them, that their already great faith will increase as God proves Himself as a perfect guide in their journey. (2 Cor. 5:7)
  • Pray your own faith in the Lord would increase and you would be willing to follow wherever He leads. (Prov. 3:5–6)

Day Seven (Saturday, March 12)
Featured missionaries: Manny and Jennifer Sanchez, San Diego, Calif. (Catalyst Church)

  • Thank the Lord for His redemptive work in Manny’s life and the lives of missionaries across the continent. (Psalm 40:2–3)
  • Pray God’s work in your life would be evident and help draw people to Him. (Matt. 5:16)

Day Eight (Sunday, March 13)

  • Pray fervently: Pray for the mission field where you are and for the pastors and ministry leaders committed to the area where you live. Pray for the NAMB missionaries working to reach the U.S. and Canada with the power of the gospel. (Gal. 6:9–10.)
  • Give generously: God’s not asking for a gift that will impress people sitting in your pew or standing in the pulpit. He’s asking for sincere, sacrificial gifts that will glorify Him. Ask the Lord what amount you should give to support missionaries and church planters in North America through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. (Luke 6:38)
  • Go intentionally: Ask God what your “Send me” looks like. Maybe it’s ministering in the retirement community across town. Maybe it’s building relationships at the school in your neighborhood. Maybe it’s planting a church six states away. Wherever God puts upon your heart, pray that He will prepare the mission field there and that He will prepare your heart to serve there. (Ex. 4:12)

Editor's Note: To learn more about the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, visit anniearmstrong.com.