“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus..” Philippians 4:4-7 NASB
REPORTS FROM THE CITY…(We are continuing to build our prayer team. See how you can be involved directly in one of three ways at the end of this update. Watch for updates daily on @plantvancouver)
We are very thankful for our annual WBA BC Day Picnic on August 1st. With the help of FBC Holiday, Texas we served over 140 people from 16+ congregations in attendance with hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon. The afternoon was capped by a volleyball tournament. Laughter and conversation were abundant.
Following the White Rock Sea Festival the Grisaffe’s have asked for prayer for the Taro Card reader, Donna, who had a booth beside them for the day and asked for continued contact. Pray for Lydia as she is reading “The Wanderer” and in conversation with them.
The Canvas Church is wrapping up their first family camp this weekend on Thetis Island. We ask you to pray for the sharing of the gospel with lost family members and friends as well as spiritual refreshment for this growing congregation.
We are praying for Westlynn Baptist Church as they begin their sports camp this week. Pray for each of the over 90 registered to hear the gospel clearly through the actions and the words of the prepared leaders. Pray for peace and unity to reign in the final planning and execution of this camp. We pray with thanksgiving for the various mission teams who have come to assist in this camp.
We are praying for the ministry of Shahid Kamal and Paul Ingold as they join hands in reaching out the Punjabi people of Vancouver. Pray for the salvation of friends who are joining their times of worship. Pray for the Ladies prayer group that is launching on Saturday evening. Pray for wisdom as they look at future sites for multiplication in the city.
We are praying for the Urban Village Church as they hold a final meeting of the congregation Sunday to affirm the calling of Rafael Araujo to lead the Burnaby Born Again church plant which will be their first church plant. Pray for the Father to give them open and generous hearts to encourage and support this family. Pray for the partnership being developed with our family of churches to support their efforts to be a multiplying church.
Pray for the combined Family Camp of Richmond Chinese Baptist Church and Towers Baptist Church as they spend next weekend digging into the Word of God and renewing relationships at the close of a busy summer. Pray the direction of the Lord will be clear and the hearts of those attending will be strengthened for the days of ministry in the New Year.
Pray for the provision of God for Joyful Church as they consider a possible new location for their congregation in the immediate future. Pray for the favour and direction of the Lord as they talk with potential sites and their current location about next steps for this church family to continue it’s growth and witness in Coquitlam.
Pray for the submissions by two of our planters this week to further their immigration process to remain in Canada long term. Pray for each step to honor God in truth and integrity before every person involved. May their humble submission to this process develop Christlikeness in them and be a witness to the power of God to transform lives.
Pray for Ethan “Red Eagle” Lawton as we seek to partner in a 6 month project to establish a base of ministry to the First Nations People of Vancouver. Pray for favour in his employment that will allow him to come to Vancouver and volunteer for this project. Pray for a place for him to live as he comes. Pray for open doors with each of the local tribal leaders.
Pray for Philip Tran as he continues leading the Linh-An congregation as they develop a new site on Vancouver Island with four families desiring to have a church. Pray also for wisdom and they enter the growth process to become a registered charity.
Pray for Kelly Manire this week as he seeks to establish a new work(Movement Church) in the Abbotsford community with a focus on students in the universities of the area. Pray for generosity and commitment of the needed partners to support this effort in prayer, teams and financial resources. Pray for Kelly’s health as he is battling a very painful problem with his shoulder. Pray also for his family as each member moves into new work and school opportunities.
Pray for Joshua and Lucy Smith as they begin their second year of ministry with the Point Church. Pray for the affirmation and protection of the Spirit of God for each step they take as they seek to support the Point Church Vision of planting 20 new churches by 2020.
Pray for all of the ministries and church plants(Origin, The Point, Movement, and Born for More) which focus on university students. Pray for the leaders as they take a few days off for refreshment and family that they be renewed and empowered for the incredibly busy time ahead as a new term begins.
Pray for a local Russian congregation(Family of Christ Church) who are friends and brothers in the Lord in reaching our city as they have reached out to us to assist them in ministering to their second generation. Pray for the calling out of leaders for these young people and their peers in several of our language congregations.
Reflections/Reports of the work of two of our congregations over the past few months:
THE COMMON PLACE
As we conclude our summer ministry season, we would like to ask you to join us in these Thanksgiving Prayers!
Praise the Lord for Surrey Chinese Baptist Church, whose help in us throwing a block party for our neighbourhood resulted in a feature in the recent edition of the Tri-Cities BC newspaper in our region, sharing the biblical principal of loving our neighbours as a church. https://tricitiesbc.snapd.com/event/962602#/
Praise Him for our friends at LifeWay Christian Resources’s P2 Missions for blessing us with young people again this year to serve alongside us for a week in the summer. It continues to be the most fruitful week in our ministry calendar, as we have seen new believers and returning missionaries from this one-week exposure to church planting. We thank teams from St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles and First Baptist Church Joelton, Tennessee for walking with our church plant. We especially want to thank Lauren Hellams, intern at First Joelton, for pouring into our new believers personally and choosing to seek how she can continue to walk with us from afar in the weeks and months ahead.
Praise Him that new and non-believers connected to our church plant joined us at the WestCoast Baptist Association’s Annual Family Picnic. Please also pray that those who yet to believe will further experience His love in His community, while our new believers continue to see that they’re not alone in our city.
Please pray in supplication as we do continue to pray for 2 faithful servants who may begin to join us in the fall and commit to walking with us for a year in ministry. www.thecommonplace.ca/send
Finally, please also pray for 2 youth connected to The Common Place who will be attending S.Y.C. Summer Youth Celebration (www.westcoastbaptist.ca/syc). We are still praying for funding to cover at least one of their expenses for this life-changing week at the end of August.
To God be the Glory. Thank you for your faithful prayer partnership!
This week Sepideh and I have a flight to overseas to visit my family by this prayer that when my family hears the Gospel again, their hearts become soft and receive Jesus. Please pray for them.
In July we canceled two of our Sunday church services due to church retreat and the number of travellers from our church including myself, however God’s work didn’t stop. We were ministering to a muslim family that have lived in Canada for almost 20 years. Last month they started visiting us at church. Yesterday I received a text from them that they are sorry for not being able to make it to the church Sunday service and they are happy that finally they found the true friends and the community. Please Pray that very soon they meet the true God as well.
Our soccer ministry has been fruitful too. Two young adult brothers whom come and play soccer with us have told to their mother (She accepted Christ several months ago) that now they like Christianity. They told their mother that they don’t want to tell people (because of Muslim community’s judgmental reactions). Please pray that they start getting to know Jesus more and love him! and become bold to talk to others about their belief.
The church retreat was very good by the help of the mission team. We rested and relaxed. We had fun and enjoyed the fellowship. And the most important one our people got challenged by the word of God to make spiritual goals for their lives. Please pray as they are still working on their spiritual goals, God reveals to them what is his goal for them and that they not quench the spirit.
Thank you for your prayer. Amin
Pray for the Prayer Network for Vancouver and Vancouver Island
As you join us in praying if there is a need or a praise you would like to share with our network please simple send a brief email to email@example.com. In busiest times of engaging our city with the gospel, there are three ways you can personally be involved and you can involve your church or networks.
- Several years ago we began weekly publishing the items we are celebrating as well as the needs of our churches and leaders. We seek to make this available every Sunday morning through our website, Facebook and twitter so it can be shared for the coming week with prayer warriors across the country. It can be seen at prayvancouver.ca .
- We began several months ago encouraging individuals and churches to be involved in an effort to stop and pray for Vancouver/Vancouver Island twice daily at 10:02 am/pm. This time was taken from Luke 10:2 to simply ‘Pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”. God has been answering this simple prayer offered by those who will discipline themselves to stop and pray.
- A growing group of our men are fasting and praying now starting Monday or Tuesday evening after dinner at 6:00PM. Some of our team will fast until Wednesday at 6:00PM and the rest of us will continue our fast until Thursday at 6:00PM. We will be praying as follows:
- Spiritual awakening of our churches, locally and nationally, that are called by His holy name (both in and outside our association)
- Christian men to have a renewed relationship with Jesusand a passion in sharing their testimonies concerning their experiences and walk with the Lord.
- Our Canadian leaders in government at all levels, to govern according to Godly principles.
- Our country that it would return to the Lord and be healed.
- Gods protection for our churches and church families.
- Our church leaders (pastors, elders, deacons, lay leaders)
- Spiritual and numerical growth of our churches and small groups
- Pray for the Harvest
What would happen if all men called by Christ name committed to this time? What if we all humbled ourselves before our Lord? Would you join us in praying the Psalms and petitioning the Lord from His mighty word? Will you join with us until we hear from the Lord?
Thank you for your steadfastness in fasting and praying!