The Week of Prayer for North American Missions

The Week of Prayer is annually observed by SBC churches to pray for missionaries, their ministries and their families. Prayer is the fuel for spiritually sustaining missionaries in places where the gospel is greatly needed, but often opposed.

The official date is the first Sunday in March through the second Sunday. Your church can choose this date or another time during the Easter season to participate.

Day One

Dave & Mary Elliff

Seattle, Washington

When Dave and Mary Elliff left Arkansas, they left family and familiar culture to plant a new church in the Pacific Northwest.

“In the South, we have the Bible Belt. In Seattle, people call Roosevelt, the neighborhood where we’re planting, the Metaphysical Belt. 96% of the people here don’t attend an evangelical church,” says Dave… Read The Story

Prayer Request
  • For strength for the team as they work in a challenging, unreached community.
  • For hearts to be prepared for the gospel in Roosevelt.

Day Two

J.D. and Andreina Fasolino

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. And although there’s a large Hispanic population, there are few Hispanic churches. J.D. and Andreina moved from Venezuela to plant one.

The Fasolinos started with a small group Bible study. Now Emmanuel Baptist Church East involves more than 70 people worshipping together, representing Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico… Read The Story

Prayer Request
  • For boldness to proclaim Christ in a city with opposition.
  • For Emmanuel Baptist Church to create community and family for those who are lonely and isolated.

Day Three

Kirk and Karen Kirkland

Cincinnati, Ohio

“We moved to Cincinnati to plant Revive City Church. I realize now we were crazy. I walked away from a steady paycheck, and my wife was nine months pregnant,” Kirk explains. “When we started, we had no denomination or network behind us. We felt alone.”

They started their first church in a downtown, multi-ethnic area with great spiritual need. In 2016, they prayed about starting a second church… Read The Story

Prayer Request
  • For the church leaders to develop disciples and multiply small groups throughout the Cincinnati metro area.
  • For their plans to plant a third church.

Day Four

Jonathan and Yesenia Santiago

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

The immediate threat has blown over, but Hurricane Maria left a deep impact in social, emotional and financial scars on Puerto Rico. That overwhelming need is what drew Jonathan and Yesenia back to the island from their home in New York.

Jonathan serves as the director of Send Relief Puerto Rico. He works with local churches and agencies to identify people and communities in crisis and match the needs with the volunteer relief teams arriving each week… Read The Story

Prayer Request
  • For wisdom and direction for Jonathan, his family and the volunteers who serve with them.
  • That God will open doors to share the gospel.

Day Five

Rob and Annabeth Wilton

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

After spending a decade in ministry in New Orleans, God called Rob and Annabeth to a new work. From their first visit, the Wiltons knew they were called to the historic city of Pittsburgh.

“There’s more than 2 million people, and the gospel hasn’t reached most of them. In lots of cities our size, Southern Baptists have started 20, 30, 40 churches in the last few years. But here, it’s hard… Read The Story

Prayer Request
  • For more church planting missionaries who feel called to Pittsburgh.
  • For unity among the church planting leaders.

Day Six

GenSend

San Diego, California

College students are shaping the future of North America by learning to live on mission.

Ebbie Davis first came to San Diego as a college student in 2015 with NAMB’s GenSend student missionary program. Then, God called her to go back and become a church planting team member… Read The Story

Prayer Request
  • For more college students to serve through GenSend.
  • For GenSenders to seek God’s guidance as they graduate and live on mission through their careers.

Day Seven

Mojic and Munko Baldandorj

Denver, Colorado

God began pursuing Mojic in Mongolia where he grew up as an atheist. He heard the gospel from a college friend and gave his life to Christ. Soon after, he felt called to attend seminary.

“My wife and I had been praying about starting a church somewhere in America. We felt called to share the gospel with the thousands of Mongolians who had moved to the States,” explains Mojic… Read The Story

Prayer Request
  • For true spiritual revival among Mongolians in Denver.
  • For Mojic and Munkho’s leadership in helping to plant more Mongolian churches in other U.S. cities.

Day Eight

United by the Gospel

Kevin Ezell, NAMB President

Lately, we’ve often heard North America described as polarized. More and more, people are divided along ethnic, political and cultural lines. At a time when it seems like disunity rules the day, I’m grateful for our missionaries in North America who are unashamedly all about the gospel—a gospel that unites people in Jesus Christ.

Ultimately, it is the good news of Jesus and His salvation that can mend the rifts and heal the lost who are all around us. Millions across North America have yet to respond to the gospel, but through your gifts, the power of prayer and our own faithful witness, God can and will draw people to Himself.

Prayer Request
  • For missionaries to share the gospel boldly and winsomely with those in their communities.
  • For strength and wisdom in dealing with a culture that’s often hostile to Christian faith.