Why you need to pray for the Whitmans this summer

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If there were one thing that you could do that could make the greatest difference in one small, spiritually dark corner of the world, would you do it?

Recently, in our Wednesday night prayer time, I shared a challenge that was given to me more than twelve years ago by Daryl, a dear friend and fellow intern at Calvary Baptist Church, our sending church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here is the challenge: Choose to pray every day for six months for something. See what God can do when we put his honor on the line.

A few of us here at the Centro Evangelico Battista have taken that challenge. I decided to pray for three items, since I couldn’t make up my mind…

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Praises

  1.  A well attended outreach concert with Angelo Maugeri.
  2. A clear Gospel presentation at our annual soccer outreach.
  3. Our first week of Vacation Bible School with 30 children in attendance.  Many parents came for the special outreach Sunday we had at its conclusion.
  4. Melodee’s pregnancy.
  5. A new open door to play in community bands, where I am able to make new connections.

 

Jon's Gospel presentation

Jon’s Gospel presentation at the soccer tournament

Melodee teaching crafts

Melodee teaching crafts at Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School Children singing “Our God is so BIG”

Important Prayer Requests

1. Doctor’s visit on July 5th to evaluate a new ulceration on my tongue.
2. Our finances, as the Italian government has increased our Italian taxes by more than 20%.
3. Training of Italian leaders in our church.
4. Baptisms on July 14th and more decisions for Christ
5. Melodee and our baby, due in August.

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