Week of Prayer

The Week of Prayer for North American missions 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.

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Day One: Shahid & Maroofa Kamal

Delta, British Columbia

Shahid Kamal’s God is a living God—One who answers prayer. Shahid and his wife, Maroofa, spend their lives introducing Him to the more than 300,000 South Asians who call the Greater Vancouver area home.

“Hindus have many visible gods, and Sikhs have many gurus,” said Shahid, who planted South Asian Community Church in Surrey, part of metro Vancouver. “In the midst of this complex situation, we are trying to help them to know, believe and receive Jesus Christ...” Read their Story

PRAY
  • For the church’s prayer ministry to continue to open doors for the gospel.
  • For South Asians in Surrey to be drawn toward Jesus.
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Day Two: Ryan & Tricia McCammack

Avondale Estates, Georgia

DeKalb County, Georgia is a picture of diversity—and vast need.

There’s a beautiful array of cultures but also brokenness. Many homes don’t have dads in them. The abortion rate is high. There’s division from racial and socioeconomic tensions... Read their Story

PRAY
  • For the McCammacks to reach the diverse communities in their area.
  • For church members to display Christ’s reconciling love.
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Day Three: Victor & Ludmila Moura

Somerville, Massachusetts

Victor and Ludmila Moura were comfortable in Brazil. He was a pastor of a growing church, and she was a government lawyer doing well in her career. Over time, though, they felt God leading them in an unexpected direction—to plant a church for Brazilians in Boston, home to one of the largest immigrant populations in the U.S.

Their goal is for the new church, with services in both Portuguese and English, to be a place where those struggling to find their identity can find it in Christ… Read their Story

PRAY
  • For Victor and Ludmila to successfully reach young Brazilians.
  • For new believers to grow into strong leaders.
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Day Four: Anders & Jessica Snyder

Nampa, Idaho

Moving from Denver to a small town they had never heard of in Idaho was not in Anders’ and Jessica’s plans. But it fit where they felt the Holy Spirit was guiding them—to help a dying church come back to life and reach its community.

In 2018, they launched the replant of Calvary Church Nampa. The neighborhoods around the once-vibrant church are now aging and declining with a mix of Anglo and Hispanic residents. Drugs are a big problem—so are poverty and depression… Read their Story

PRAY
  • For the Snyders to have wisdom in how best to serve and reach their community.
  • For neighbors to be drawn to the hope of the gospel.
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Day Five: Joshua Valdez

Farmington, New Mexico

Joshua Valdez says his city is a place of emotional and spiritual darkness. It’s a melting pot of culture and religion. Its residents are mostly Hispanic and Navajo, and the Navajo are very much “a forgotten people,” said Joshua, who also has both heritages.

The people have one common struggle—they often battle feelings of despair or worthlessness. He observes that as a church planter and at his job as an intervention specialist at a local high school… Read His Story

PRAY
  • For more students to join Joshua’s Bible studies.
  • For the members of Higher Ground Church to be a light to their community.
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Day Six: Bobby & Lakeisha Williams

Slidell, Louisiana

Bobby and LaKeisha Williams have a simple goal—to meet the deep need of New Orleans with the even deeper love of Christ.

In the city, some buildings are still boarded up from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The area around the Williamses’ church plant is predominantly African American and low-income. “A lot of what we strive to do is provide resources,” Bobby said. “We try to educate people spiritually, financially, intellectually, you name it…” Read their Story

PRAY
  • For Bobby and LaKeisha to persevere in ministry.
  • For the church’s compassion ministries to open doors to share the gospel.
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Day Seven: Jacob & Francine Zailian

Sanger, California

Jacob knows the homeless, drug addicts and gang members of Sanger. He used to live among them before he went to jail and met Jesus there.

Now he and his wife, Francine, are reaching those who “would scare people who go to most churches,” Jacob said. Through Set Free Church, they take the gospel to the streets to reach the people others might see as a “lost cause…” Read their Story

PRAY
  • For God to transform hearts in Sanger with the gospel.
  • For resources to maintain and expand the discipleship house ministry.
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Day Eight: Steadfast On Mission

Kevin Ezell, NAMB President

When missionaries answer the call to the mission field, they expect to encounter challenges, but no one could have planned for a global pandemic that radically altered everyday life.

Your North American missionaries are displaying courage and vision. They are changing course, innovating and discovering ways to continue sharing the gospel, making disciples and bringing hope.
Hear from Kevin Ezell

PRAY
  • That times of crisis have opened new doors to the gospel.
  • That they, and we, would not grow weary in sharing the gospel.