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Day 1: Shahid & Maroofa Kamal, Sharing A Living God, British Columbia

Shahid Kamal’s God is a living God—One who answers prayer. Shahid and his wife, Maroofa, spend their lives introducing Him to the more than 300,000 South Asians who call the Greater Vancouver area home.

“Hindus have many visible gods, and Sikhs have many gurus,” said Shahid, who planted South Asian Community Church in Surrey, part of metro Vancouver. “In the midst of this complex situation, we are trying to help them to know, believe and receive Jesus Christ.”

And over and over again, the Kamals see that transformation happens through prayer.

“Our prayer ministry is one of the successful connecting points,” Shahid said. “Many came to our church for the very first time for prayer. They have specific prayer requests. And, praise God, God answered them and showed them that He’s a living God.”

Prayer Requests
  • For the church’s prayer ministry to continue to open doors for the gospel.
  • For South Asians in Surrey to be drawn toward Jesus.

Day 2: Ryan & Tricia McCammack, Loving A Diverse Community, Avondale Estates, Georgia

DeKalb County, Georgia is a picture of diversity—and vast need.

There’s a beautiful array of cultures but also brokenness. Many homes don’t have dads in them. The abortion rate is high. There’s division from racial and socioeconomic tensions.

When Ryan and Tricia moved their family to Atlanta to plant Gospel Hope Church, they wanted the congregation to reflect the multicultural community. To do that, Ryan worked with a diverse team of people who shared this vision.

But diversity isn’t the ultimate goal, disciple making is. “The mission is to help those we come in contact with to take their next spiritual step and to be a church that loves all kinds of people, and let God bring all kinds of people.”

“We believe the gospel brings hope to be reconciled to each other and to God,” Ryan said.

Prayer Requests
  • For the McCammacks to reach the diverse communities in their area.
  • For church members to display Christ’s reconciling love.

Day 3: Victor & Ludmila Moura, Finding Identity in Christ, Somerville, Massachusetts

Victor and Ludmila Moura were comfortable in Brazil. He was a pastor of a growing church, and she was a government lawyer doing well in her career. Over time, though, they felt God leading them in an unexpected direction—to plant a church for Brazilians in Boston, home to one of the largest immigrant populations in the U.S.
Their goal is for the new church, with services in both Portuguese and English, to be a place where those struggling to find their identity can find it in Christ.
Identity issues are a complex problem, especially among second- and third-generation Brazilians who feel they don’t fit anywhere, Victor said. But the church’s most powerful strategy is a simple one— community. Missional house groups are their greatest outreach opportunity.
“The Millennials, they hate superficial stuff,” he said. “I think the most effective strategy to reach them is being a friend.”
Prayer Requests
  • For Victor and Ludmila to successfully reach young Brazilians.
  • For new believers to grow into strong leaders.

Day 4: Anders & Jessica Snyder, A New Start For A Dying Church, Nampa, Idaho

Moving from Denver to a small town they had never heard of in Idaho was not in Anders’ and Jessica’s plans. But it fit where they felt the Holy Spirit was guiding them—to help a dying church come back to life and reach its community.

In 2018, they launched the replant of Calvary Church Nampa. The neighborhoods around the once-vibrant church are now aging and declining with a mix of Anglo and Hispanic residents. Drugs are a big problem—so are poverty and depression.

With a strategic outreach to get to know and serve their neighbors, the Snyders are seeing God move. More than 100 are now worshipping and growing in faith together.

“We’re reclaiming ground that was already once won for the kingdom. It tells the story of a resurrected Christ in that the church can come back from the dead,” Anders said.

Prayer Requests
  • For the Snyders to have wisdom in how best to serve and reach their community.
  • For neighbors to be drawn to the hope of the gospel.

Day 5: Joshua Valdez, A Light In Darkness, Farmington, New Mexico

Joshua Valdez says his city is a place of emotional and spiritual darkness. It’s a melting pot of culture and religion. Its residents are mostly Hispanic and Navajo, and the Navajo are very much “a forgotten people,” said Joshua, who also has both heritages.

The people have one common struggle—they often battle feelings of despair or worthlessness. He observes that as a church planter and at his job as an intervention specialist at a local high school.

“I see the hopelessness of the youth,” he said. “Most of them are coming from really rough situations.”

But many have grown to trust Joshua and visit his church plant, Higher Ground Church. During youth group gatherings there, he intentionally teaches the Bible verse by verse. Many are hearing it for the first time, and it’s changing their lives.

Prayer Requests
  • For more students to join Joshua’s Bible studies.
  • For the members of Higher Ground Church to be a light to their community.

Day 6: Bobby & LaKeisha Williams, Picking Up The Pieces, Slidell, Louisiana

Bobby and LaKeisha Williams have a simple goal—to meet the deep need of New Orleans with the even deeper love of Christ.

In the city, some buildings are still boarded up from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The area around the Williamses’ church plant is predominantly African American and low-income. “A lot of what we strive to do is provide resources,” Bobby said. “We try to educate people spiritually, financially, intellectually, you name it.”

That’s how their church—Next Level Church—got its name. They want to see people take their life to the next level starting right where they are. The church provides its neighbors with multiple forms of assistance from health fairs to meal distribution, all with the goal of creating community and leading them to Jesus.

“Despite the challenges we’ve been able to make an impact, and we want to do even more,” Bobby said.

Prayer Requests
  • For Bobby and LaKeisha to persevere in ministry.
  • For the church’s compassion ministries to open doors to share the gospel.

Day 7: Jacob & Francine Zailian, Reaching the Lost Cause, Sanger, California

Jacob knows the homeless, drug addicts and gang members of Sanger. He used to live among them before he went to jail and met Jesus there.

Now he and his wife, Francine, are reaching those who “would scare people who go to most churches,”

Jacob said. Through Set Free Church, they take the gospel to the streets to reach the people others might see as a “lost cause.”

Church members distribute food, hot meals and hygiene supplies several times a week along with an invitation to worship and Bible study. Their acts of compassion are growing the church and changing lives. Jacob also connects addicts with Biblically based recovery centers and continues their spiritual growth through Set Free Church’s discipleship house.

All of it, Jacob said, “is God”—God gave him a heart to help those without hope “because I was there once myself.”

Prayer Requests
  • For God to transform hearts in Sanger with the gospel.
  • For resources to maintain and expand the discipleship house ministry.

Day 8: President Kevin Ezell, Steadfast On Mission

When missionaries answer the call to the mission field, they expect to encounter challenges, but no one could have planned for a global pandemic that radically altered everyday life.

Your North American missionaries are displaying courage and vision. They are changing course, innovating and discovering ways to continue sharing the gospel, making disciples and bringing hope.

PRAY
  • That times of crisis have opened new doors to the gospel.
  • That they, and we, would not grow weary in sharing the gospel.

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