As families and churches gather across our city.  Songs will be sung.  Prayers will be offered. Some our families will be celebrating with joy and laughter while others will be seeking grab a moment of joy in a sea of stress and pain.  Pray for the truth of these words to be a reality for all:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

   Philippians 4:4-7 NASB

We are praying thankfully for Living Word Baptist Church as they are experiencing God’s wonderful work of salvation in 32 people during the Christmas Evangelistic Concerts. About half speak mandarin.  Please pray the church will be faithful in their follow up work.

We are praying for Jeanne Manire and her family.  Her father has been diagnosed with lung cancer which is spreading.  Pray as doctors initiate an aggressive treatment plan.

We are thankful for the generosity of Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Mississippi for providing the resources needed to allow over 65 of our pastoral leaders to enjoy an evening of dining and fellowship this week.  Events were held in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.  We are thankful for Dr. Dan Crawford joining us and providing gifts in Vancouver.  We are thankful for Chaplain Ben Yoblanski for helping arrange the Island dinner and providing gifts for attenders.

We are praying for several of our planters and pastors from the family who are taking second jobs to provide for their families.  We are praying for wisdom in finding the job plus the physical and emotional strength to continue their ministry daily.  We are also praying for additional partners to join these leaders and relieve the pressure. Pray for the over 30 partners who will be contacted this week.

Pray for the final sessions today at the Alpha retreat being held by Transformation City.  Pray for the salvation of individuals who have been a part of this group listening to the gospel for the past two months.

We are thankful for the 25 who gathered last Sunday evening in Victoria with Canvas Church who committed to be a part of the launch team for their second site in Oak Bay.  We also thankful part of the team began prayer walking the site on their own initiative.

We are praying for the Christmas Banquet outreach for Towers Baptist Church on Sunday night.  Pray for open hearts as the Gospel is shared from the platform and around the tables through conversations.  Pray for weather to hold to encourage people to come.

We are praying for the first annual general meeting of Urban Village Church being held Sunday.  Pray for a deep spirit of unity and wisdom to hear the voice of God for the future of the church.

We continue to pray for Zona Cero and Joyful Fellowship as both churches are seeking new places to hold their worship services and ministry outreaches.  Pray for discernment and favour in locating an open space in the area near where they are currently meeting.

Every week a group of men in our city are fasting and praying for the movement of God in our city.  Join them in pray for these key opportunities in our city:

Westlynn Men No Regrets Conference – February 4, 2017 – Westlynn Baptist Church BC  More detailed information to follow for Pastors and Pointmen (Definition of a Pointman:  Man who leads a church men’s ministry)

Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham    March 3 to 5 – Rogers Arena Vancouver BC