Every Wednesday night we give time to prayer on behalf of our friends, family, and the lost around the world. We start with an international focus, praying for every country in the world. Then we move to a North American focus, praying for strategic cities the North American Mission Board has identified as well as for events and issues in our country. Afterwards we focus on Florida and our local area. We encourage you to bookmark this page and use it as a guide during your personal and family prayer times during the week.
St. Helena, Africa (learn more at www.operationworld.org and www.prayercast.com):
Population: 4,406 People Groups: N/A Unreached: N/A
Christian Population: 94% Evangelical: 8 %
The isolation of the islands makes vibrant ministry and church life a huge challenge. Connection to the outside world and to Christian resources is limited. The small and more transient populations of Ascension and Tristan have even less evangelical presence and ministry, if any.
North American Focus
Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN (learn more at www.namb.net):
Population: 3.2 million– 1 SBC church for every 70,189 residents
With almost 3.3 million people, it’s the largest, most influential urban area between Chicago and Seattle. It’s the home of 10 Fortune 500 companies—with the fifth highest concentration of those companies in the United States. On an artistic note, only New York City and Chicago have a more significant theater industry.And with more than 720,000 either first- or second-generation internationals (88 percent of whom come from unreached people groups), Minneapolis-St. Paul touches the world.To reach Minneapolis-St. Paul with the good news about Jesus is to reach Minnesota, the American Great Plains, North America and the world. Though many residents come from churched backgrounds in the Twin Cities, evangelicals still make up only 13 percent of the population.
Southern Baptists are even more rare. The first SBC church in the state started in nearby Bloomington in the 1950s, but early church plants in the area focused mostly on reaching transplanted Southerners—not native Minnesotans. More than half a century after the first SBC church in the area started, there is only one SBC church for every 70,189 people. Because their numbers are so few, local Southern Baptists need churches from other areas to come alongside them to provide resources, people and prayer.
Pray : for God to soften the hearts of lost people in Metro Minneapolis/St. Paul, for God to develop multi-cultural laborers for the harvest, for the discipling of indigenous laborers for the harvest. Pray for church planters: Chris Steiner, Patrick Ray, Fue Chee Her, John Steger, and Roni Mugaki.
Two men were recently shot to death on the steps of Friendship Baptist Church. Chicago is on its way to a record amount of homicides with over 400 through the month of July. Pray thatGod will work supernaturally through his people to end the violence and protect the innocent.
As racial strife has been brought to the forefront of life by the events at Charlottesville, pray that Florida churches will lead the way in racial reconciliation. Pray for Florida Baptist Convention staff who work directly with different culture churches: Emanuel Roque (Hispanic Church catalyst), John Voltaire (Haitian Church Catalyst), Patrick Coats (Black Multi-cultural church catalyst). Pray that Florida Baptists will lead the way on showing care by those affected by racism and sharing the only hope for real reconciliation is the gospel.
Pray for our 5-5-50 vision as we strive to reach 500 people and raise $500,000.00 by September 10, 2017. Pray that Southside will stay committed through the end of the year to pray at 9:38 AM/PM for workers and for three people in our area that need Jesus or connection to a local church. Pray for our 50th Anniversary Celebration, that it will be an amazing day of reflecting on God’s work in and through Southside and looking ahead to all He will do!
Pray that Southside will become a haven for those impacted by racism. Pray that Southside and other Brandon area churches will combine strong words and action in the cause of reconciliation. Pray that the events of Charlottesville will cause the church to be more fervent in reaching our culturally diverse neighborhoods with the good news of Jesus.
Missionaries/Missions We Support
Mitch & Sarah Eggers – IMB missionaries in Central Asia
Dexter Family – TEL missionaries in China
The DeLoaches – Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea
The Sanders – World Team missionaries in Moldova
Lynn Kennedy – Shattering Darkness missionary Burkina Faso, Africa
Michael and Jane Nales – Missionaries in Romania
Rob, Nicole, Ellie, Olivia & Kate Burdette – Missionaries to Southeast Asia
Family in Southeast Asia
Chuck & Pat Springer
Campers on Mission