As the pastoral leaders of our WBA churches in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island move into the week ahead pray they will wait upon the Lord and receive the promised power to be His winess in every word, attitude and action this week.

 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which, He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

 Act 1:4-8 (NASB)

We ask you to join us in praying for the family of Barnabas Choi following the tragic passing of his wife, SunAe Oh.  Her funeral service will be conducted on Monday morning at 10:00am.  We are praying for the comfort of the Spirit will be revealed and experienced for each member of the family.  We are also praying the power of the gospel will be demonstrated in each relationship and event during these days.

We are praying with thankfulness for the movement of God demonstrated in the obedient actions of the leaders of Canvas Church in Victoria, BC as they launched their second site at the Oak Bay Hotel with 100 attending.

We are praying for the final night of the Festival of Hope in Vancouver.  We are praying for those who have made decisions to follow Christ to receive immediate follow-up by churches and friends to begin their process of personal discipleship.  We pray for those who are thinking of attending tonight will have the courage to go with friends who have been praying for them for a long time.  Pray the message delivered will be a clear presentation of the gospel in every song and every word.

We are praying for the pastors and leaders from the Baptist General Convention of Texas, coming to our city with Dr. Crawford to explore the extension of our partnership in planting churches.  Pray for open hearts and eyes guided by the Spirit and Word of God as we seek possible projects upon which to collaborate during the first three days of this week.

We are conducting assessments and interviews with three potential planters this week.  We are seeking wisdom and insight guided by the Spirit of God to provide clear understanding of the next steps we are to take in helping these individuals determine their next steps in ministry.

We continue to pray for the leaders in our city and their families as a flu type illness continues to spread across the city.  We are praying for protection and healing as these leaders are continually engaging people in their communities.

We are praying for a new site for ministry in Burnaby to take the place of the Promiseland Center for several churches who use it as a place to gather for prayer, teaching and worship.  Pray specifically for the guidance of the God as our partner from Immanuel Baptist Church in Billings will be in the city on Monday and Tuesday.

Pray for the team working on preparation for the Canadian National Baptist Convention as they finalize housing this week and seek to confirm ministry teams working with our youth and children’s programs.

Pray for the 8 church planters from Vancouver traveling March 19-22 to Alpharetta, Ga to experience the gathering at the NAMB Building of over 300 planters from across the country as we seek to equip, encourage and inspire a growing family of leaders.

Pray for the final preparation for the Planter Family Camp coming March 23-25.  There are over 70 currently planning to attend.  We are very thankful for the partnership with Blue River-Kansas City Association and Hope Church for providing leadership and resources for this annual event.  We pray for the spiritual renewal of our leaders and their wives as well as the continued growth and support of their children.PRAY