Pray this morning for the pastors and leaders who are amid spiritual warfare facing difficult circumstances and will stand to proclaim the gospel this morning.  Pray for courage, faith and endurance to bring glory and honour to the name of Jesus by their words and their lives as an overcomer.

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.”       Revelation 2:8-11

 As we continue in prayer we are thankful for the improved medical report from Brad Forlow as he awaits complete diagnosis for a discovered mass and for the continued improvement of the health of Brittany Campbell as she prepares for the birth of her second child.

We are thankful for the continued outreach and engagement with the schools in the Steveston Community this weekend by the River Community Church.  We are praying with them as they continue building a community of faith in that area.

We are thankful for the arrival this week of Alex Lomangino as an intern with Transformation Church.  We are also thankful for the favour extended through the immigration process as he was granted status for three years.  We are praying for his immediate engagement in sharing his faith in the Mt. Pleasant community.

We are thankful for the return of the Origin members who were ministering in Athens this past week.  We look forward to report of God’s activity.

We are thankful for the gathering of our churches together giving us the ability to hear  life experiences of several of our church leaders as we celebrating our semi-annual meeting at Royal Heights Baptist Church last week.  We pray the fellowship among our churches will continue to grow in the days ahead.

We are thankful for several commitments made during the past week by partners from North America to support local plants and churches.  We are thankful for the visit of Scott Whitson(Southwest Metroplex Baptist Association) as he drew leaders from across Surrey together for fellowship and planning for ministry.  We are thankful for the leaders of our coalition (Rob Zinn, Rob Futral, Gary Maze and Dannie Williams) who introduced several new partners to planters this past week.

We are thankful for the six (6) students who visited from California Baptist University and for those that are considering internships in our region.

We are thankful for the eight individuals who trained with leaders from the International Mission Board last week to launch an initiative in Vancouver to engage the unreached people groups and discover where they live in our city.  We are praying for workers for the harvest the Lord is preparing during these days among the unreached.  Pray for wisdom and compassion for the lost in our community.

We are praying for the Church planters and leaders who will be in Dallas this weekend for the Send Conference.  Pray for  spiritual encouragement and favor with churches in the area as they seek to strengthen current partnerships and share the vision for the city with new partnerships.

We are praying for the enlistment and preparation for the “Un-Stuck Conference” coming June 3rd.  Pray for each seminar as we will focus on encouraging obedience moving people toward Christ-likeness and into the mission God has prepared.  We desire to see God guide our churches into effective Kingdom expansion.

Pray for the multiple sports camps and VBS efforts that are being planned across the region for this summer.  This week pray for the spiritual preparation of each team leading the efforts and pray for the enlistment efforts in each community.  Pray also for the salvation of many over the summer months.