Iglesia Casa de Oracion, a Spanish-speaking church in Worcester, MA, is emphasizing evangelism during 2019. Pray that God will ignite in church members a deep passion for sharing the Gospel with others. Ask God to help every member of the church to see the importance of evangelism and get involved. Also pray that the Holy Spirit will lead and empower the church.
2018 was a year of growth for Nepali Global Mission Church in Belmont, MA. Praise God that the church launched GMC youth fellowship, and many non-Christian friends began attending church on a regular basis. As a result, the church plans to focus on discipleship this year. Pray for new salvations and for believers to grow in their faith through discipleship. Most of the leadership team is not trained to lead in church; ask the Holy Spirit to guide and empower them to lead according to His will. Also lift up the church’s new worship team and their need for a Sunday school teacher.
Praise God for encouraging growth at Encounter Church in Westwood, MA! More than 200 people attended Sunday services multiple weeks in the fall, and the church is averaging about 50 more people in attendance compared to the same time last year. They connected with 3000 people at a community event, have had 12 baptisms in the last year and have 25 adults participating in discipleship classes. Pray that God will give Encounter Church the opportunity to engage many more people this year — that everything they do will point people toward Christ. Lift up the church leadership as they work to help the church become financially independent and plan the launch of a second service.
Praise God for the ways He is working at South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, MA. The church’s ministries, particularly their recent men’s retreat and their program for families with special needs kids, are impacting lives. In addition, they are two months away from launching the replant of First Baptist Scituate. Pray for Pastor Stephen, the core team from South Shore and the legacy members of First Baptist Scituate as they prepare for the launch. Ask God to transform the community through their Gospel witness. Also pray for South Shore to have godly unity and be effective witnesses and disciples and disciple-makers. Finally, lift up the church’s new associate pastor, Steve, as he and his family move to the South Shore area at the end of the month.
After two and a half years of prayer, Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield, ME, has a Good News Club for school-aged kids! Praise God that although the school would not allow the use of their building for the club, they finally agreed to bus children to the church. The club started with seven children the first week and currently has 14 children signed up. Pray that more children will come to the club and the Holy Spirit will draw them to faith.
El Shaddai Worship Center is a Haitian church located in Norwich, CT. Praise God for how the Holy Spirit has been working to sanctify and grow the church members in their faith. Pray that He will provide finances and manpower to help rebuild the church building through the leading of the Holy Spirit and the obedience of people.
God has been connecting many unchurched people to Banner Hill Church in Framingham, MA. Praise Him for the many Gospel conversations members are having with those around them. Pray for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ and new believers to take daily steps to walk in faith. Ask God to give the church family perseverance in faith and the church leadership passion and wisdom to lead.
A few years ago Nashua Hanmaum Korean Church in Nashua, NH, began praying that God would help them reach more unbelievers, and God is answering this prayer. Faithful lay leaders began opening their homes to unbelievers, who are now coming to Christ. Last fall the church baptized five new believers, and by request the church has continually led a Bible study for nonbelievers. Pray for four special worship services that the church will hold between Feb. 15-17. Members are inviting non-Christian friends. Ask God to bring at least 20 unbelievers to services, and to speak to their hearts about their need for salvation.
Cambridgeport Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA, currently has two outreaches aimed at MIT students. On Feb. 10 they are hosting a children’s outreach event at MIT family housing. Pray for the event logistics to go smoothly and for the church to make new connections with people who are interested in learning more about Jesus. In addition, the church offers free English classes and Bible studies for international students on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Praise God for the questions that these international students are asking as they begin to engage with Christianity. Ask the Lord to open their hearts to salvation and help them discover what it means to follow Him.
God has given the people of Christ the Redeemer Church in Southbury, CT, a burden for disaster relief. Praise God for the five volunteers the church recently sent to Florida to minister to those affected by Hurricane Michael. Pray for the church to have a fruitful year, growing in both strength and number.
Shoreline Community Bible Church, a three-year-old church in Waterford, CT, has seen God at work as their church family has grown in size and grown closer through supporting one another in the midst of challenges. Pray for the church as they seek to grow in evangelistic outreach. Ask God to give them boldness and opportunities to share the Gospel with friends, neighbors and co-workers. Lift up the church’s need for a new meeting space since they have reached full capacity at their current space. Finally, pray for wisdom for church elders as they continue to learn how to better serve the church family and help members grow in discipleship.
God has been providing Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown, MA, opportunities to connect and have Gospel conversations with seekers from countries all over the world. Pray for the Truth to penetrate their hearts and for many to become followers of Jesus. Also ask God to bless the church’s new senior pastor and guide his transition into leadership and into the community.
Pauper’s Chapel in Portland, ME, is mostly made up of new believers in their 20s and 30s. Praise God for the powerful ways He is moving in lives and drawing people to Himself. Pray God for wisdom and clarity as more mature believers disciple these new converts to recognize sin in their lives, grow in obedience and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask God for spiritual protection for the congregation.
First Baptist Church in Wallingford, VT, holds a weekly prayer meeting. Although few attend, God has awakened these people to the importance of prayer and stirred them to action in the community. Pray that God continues to draw members of the congregation to Him through fervent prayer and that His power becomes even more evident in their lives. Lift up Pastor Dave as he faces some challenges, and ask God to provide for the church financially.
MeetingHouse Church in Middleboro, MA, expanded to two campuses a few months ago as another church in Mansfield, MA, merged with them and became a second campus. Praise God for growing the Mansfield location from 12 to 75 since then! Also praise God for five new believers who were baptized last month at the Middleboro campus. Pray for God to give the leadership at both locations wisdom as they adapt their leadership structure. Ask God for more volunteers to step up and help out at the Mansfield campus due to the fast growth.
First Baptist Church in Duxbury, MA, is involved in a revitalization work. Praise God for helping the church establish a solid connection with the community and bringing more unchurched guests and nonbelievers to services. Pray for church members as they disciple young believers and those who are growing in their faith. Lift up the church leadership as they intentionally build new systems and structures for ministry to enable them to serve and disciple people more effectively and efficiently. Finally, ask God to help the congregation reach more people in Duxbury with the Good News.
God has been opening doors of ministry for The Bridge in Bucksport, ME. Praise Him for opportunities to serve the community in recent weeks through Thanksgiving meals and a winter coat drive. In addition, God has provided opportunities for church leaders to serve as a chaplain for the University of Maine football team and a character coach for the Maine Maritime Academy basketball team. Pray that God will bless the efforts of these ministries and that many athletes will hear the Gospel and believe. Ask God to work mightily in the lives of community members who have heard the Gospel and bring them to faith and repentance. Lift up young believers who are being discipled and taught to become leaders in the church.
Praise God for the growth at Iglesia Bautista Emanuel, a Spanish-speaking church in West Hartford, CT. They are seeing God bring new people to services every Sunday, as well as new believers asking to be baptized and become members of the church. With this growth, the church needs a new place to meet. They are currently renting a space for 120 people but hope to have their own building that could seat 250-300. Pray that God will provide the financial means for them to have a bigger meeting space and that He will help them continue to be faithful in the ministry He’s given them.
Praise God for the many people in Daybreak Community Church in Colchester, VT, who are actively connected to their community and desiring to grow in their faith and understanding of Scripture. Pray that God will continue to guide the new leadership in the church. Ask Him to help the congregation to continue to grow in their walks with Christ and to bring new people to faith through Gospel conversations throughout the year.
Gracepoint Church in Biddeford, ME, is in the process of transitioning to a different facility with a long-term connection within the community. Praise God for the opportunities the church anticipates to be able to share the Gospel in a broader way from their new location. Pray for many conversations that lift up Jesus in the coming year. Especially ask the Holy Spirit to work in the life of S, a man Pastor Andrew has been sharing the Gospel with recently. Pray for S’s salvation.