As the pastoral leaders of our WBA churches in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island move into the week ahead pray this prayer of Paul would be answered in each life.
“ And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Colossians 1:9-14 (ESV)
We join Zendeh Church in praising the work of God:
“We had a full house party for the new year’s event. We had around 200 guests and many more on our waiting list. Thanks to the The First Baptist Church of Desloge Mission Team, we had a great event. We got a great feedback from our guests. We pray as we show the love of Christ to our community that we would build trust and opportunity to share the Gospel with them.”
Please pray for Conrad Au’s family as they process the news of the passing of one of his closest uncle, the older brother of his non-believing father, in Hong Kong, China today. Please pray for peace for the family as they are still non-believers, and pray for Conrad as he cares for and ministers to his family in the coming days and weeks ahead. Pray as Conrad plans to journey to Hong Kong that the Gospel will be proclaimed.
Pray also for the people of The Common Place that they will continue to seek the Lord during Conrad’s upcoming absence, and continue to pray that workers will be called soon to walk alongside Conrad in their post-Christian community (www.thecommonplace.ca/send).
We continue to pray for Pastor Kong’s continued recovery from a stroke as they move him to Eagle Ridge for rehab and strengthening. Please remember Kong’s wife Teresa, their daughter, and his mother during this time as well. Thank you.
We continue to pray for the wife of Pastor Barnabas Choi, Sun Ae Oh. She had emergency surgery earlier this week for a tumor in her head discovered after an apparent stroke. The surgery was successful and she has been moved to Langley for further recovery. Pray for the family as they gather around her.
Pray for the neighbourhood blessing Sunday Afternoon, February 12th, being conducted by Towers Baptist Church. Over 400 cookies were prepared with love and joy on Saturday night to be given to our neighbours. Pray the name of Jesus will be lifted as each package is delivered personally.
We are praying for the celebration of the 10th Anniversary being enjoyed by Victor and Candice Thomas in Hawaii this week. Pray for rest, renewal and great joy as they spend time with each other.
We are thankful for the 35 men who gathered last weekend at Westlynn for the No Regrets workshop. The men were greatly encouraged and challenged by the Word of God and we pray for the continued development of this work.
We are thankful for the celebration of planters (Send Conference) last weekend in Southern California were our relationships were strengthened with Inland Empire Baptist Association and Mandarin Baptist Church of LA. We are also thankful for the calling on the life of one to take the next step into missions overseas. Pray for the obedience of each party involved in bringing glory to God.
We are thankful for the movement of God in Vancouver this week as over 800 leaders from across Canada gathered for Multiply, a conference for Church planters sponsored by C2C Network. Stories of the activity of God across Canada were shared demonstrating the power of the Gospel to change lives and bring renewal. Pray for the breath of the Spirit to spread this powerful witness nationwide.
We are praying for clarity and guidance for the ministry of John Martens as he travels to meet with potential partners and as he explores the calling to launch an expanded ministry in video ministry.
We are praying for the over 120 key leaders among our churches and church plants. We are praying for the guidance and breaking by the Holy Spirit in each life that will draw each person into a deeper relationship of holiness with the Father. We are praying the relationship between leaders will reveal the grace and transforming power of Jesus Christ to bring unity and effectiveness which will glorify His name
We are praying for the upcoming launch of the Oak Bay Hotel site of Canvas Church on Vancouver Island on February 19th. We pray for the drawing of the Holy Spirit on the lives of people as the core team prepares and obediently reaches out to neighbours and friends. Pray the outreach through the Marriage weekend this week will provide opportunities for people to respond to Jesus.
We are praying for two key meetings being conducted this week among leaders of Westcoast Baptist Association. Pray as they meet to seek the direction of the Father to move forward in 2017 with our mission statement: “We are a family of churches developing people in Christ-likeness and launching them into His mission.” Pray the Father will guide each discussion and give clarity for next steps to be taken in leading our churches to bring praise and honor to Jesus.
We are praying for the final enlistment of the next cohort of WBA leaders who will begin the Refocus process of leadership development with leaders from Tarrant Baptist Association and Hamish Buntain. Pray for the opportunity to renew and refocus ministry for the next few years for those involved.
We are praying for the men’s ministry in our family of churches as they fast and pray on starting Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday after 6pm and pray this week over these things:
Philippians 4:6-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
They are seeking the leadership of our Lord Jesus Christ to change hearts.
They will be praying as follows:
- Christian men to have a renewed relationship with Jesusand a passion in sharing their testimonies concerning their experiences and walk with the Lord.
- Spiritual awakening of our neighbourhoods and community.
- Spiritual awakening of our churches, locally and nationally, that are called by His holy name (both in and outside our association)
- Our Canadian leaders in government at all levels, to govern according to Godly principles.
- Pray for conviction over our leaders at all levels of government (Each year just under 100K unborn children are murdered!)
- 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
- Please pray specifically for:
- Festival of Hope – Franklin Graham – March 3 to 5 – Rogers Arena Vancouver BC