Quarterly Call to Prayer

Pray for:

  1. International Missions
    • DEAF PEOPLES — Trent and Victoria Mullen*, workers among the Deaf in Mexico, share: “Bible stories make a huge difference for our Deaf friends. Often the Deaf struggle reading the Bible, not because they are less smart than hearing people, but because the Bible is not in their ‘heart language.’ For the Deaf, rather than words written on a page, stories are expressed using hands, the body, directions and facial expressions, and these communicate the truth of the Bible. Please pray for the Deaf that workers meet to come to faith and become reproducing disciples. (*names changed)
    • PEOPLES OF NORTHEAST BRAZIL — A volunteer team from Texas worked in a city called Barro. The missionary family that is responsible for the work in this city has been following up on their efforts by having home Bible studies and discipling new believers. They live in an area where many people earn their livelihood through the worship of a local Catholic saint. Thousands of visitors migrate there to pay homage to this saint. It has been difficult for the missionary family to teach the truths of Jesus that include teachings against idolatry. Teenagers have been the most receptive group to the gospel message, but the parents of many of these youths have forbidden them from entering an evangelical church. Please pray for the entire community to know that God is the only one who deserves our worship, and pray for perseverance for the missionary family and those new to following Christ.
    • NORTHERN THAI/KHON MUANG OF THAILAND (cone MOO-ung) — The Northern Thai people are prosperous, patriotic and proud. These characteristics create barriers to the gospel, as do materialism and strong bonds to Buddhism. Their folk Buddhism engenders fear, apathy and a works-based mentality. Pray that God will demolish strongholds in the hearts and minds of the Northern Thai and draw them to faith. Ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up and send out Northern Thai laborers into the harvest field.

    Answered prayers/praise:

    • DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA (dar es sah-LAHM) — “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:1–3 NKJV). “Over the past two months, our Dar Urban Team has had the privilege of sharing Christ in areas where many have been hearing the Good News for the very first time. Praise the Lord for the 20-plus Muslim-background believers who now believe in Jesus! Please join us in praying for our new brothers and sisters in Christ, asking that they will stand strong in their newfound faith. Pray that if (when) they face persecution, they will not turn back in fear but will continue to cling to their true Redeemer.”
    • YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (yoh-kuh-HAH-muh) — Cindy* found her way to an international church in Yokohama, Japan, searching for truth after coming out of the Mormon faith. Cindy expressed her desire to “really know” who Jesus is. “You mean that this is all I have to do . . . receive God’s gift? I’ve worked so hard to try and please God, but I could never find peace.” Praise God for the peace Cindy has received in Jesus, and pray for her! (*name changed)
    • TAJIKISTAN — Those with a heart for the Uzbeks of Tajikistan have prayed for years for this minority people that inhabits much of northern Tajikistan. God has now provided a new gospel effort in their heart language! Praise Him for how He has answered, and ask Him for a harvest among Uzbek people of Tajikistan!
  2. North American Missions
    • Church planters are on the front, planting new churches in unreached cities and communities in North America. Most of them are far from the familiar and comfortable, working to see God’s kingdom move forward. Please pray for them specifically that they will have a close walk with Jesus, have strong marriages and family lives, for wisdom, for favor in their community and for fruitfulness in God’s kingdom.
  3. Theological Education

    Gateway (Ontario, California)

    • Praise God that we got permission from the U.S. government for international students to come to our Ontario, California, campus. We had been waiting on this for over a year.
    • Pray for more students to come and learn the skills they need for ministry at Gateway Seminary. Pray for a Children's Ministry Link Conference and a Women's Leadership Conference that will be held at Gateway Seminary in January and February. We are training children's ministry leaders and women to lead women's ministry for the local church.
    • Pray for our Women's Ministry Network, a mentoring and webinar training plan, to help women in the Western states. Many wives are isolated where they live (Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, etc.) and need encouragement.

    New Orleans (Louisiana)

    • Praise for the NOBTS Centennial Year, 100 years of Providence and Prayer in New Orleans.
    • Praise for miraculous work among inmate students in our four NOBTS prison programs (Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida).
    • Praise for bivocational and smaller church scholarships to ministry students in several states.
    • Pray for 100,000 gospel conversations during the 2017–2018 academic year to celebrate our centennial.
    • Pray for 100 mission efforts during the 2017–2018 academic year to celebrate our centennial.
    • Pray for $50 million to be raised in a three-year period to move NOBTS into the future.

    Southwestern (Fort Worth, Texas)

    • Pray for the following GTI (Global Theological Innovation) requests: a partnership under way to establish a new seminary in the Caribbean serving 14 English-speaking nations; a new partnership under way in Southern Asia in one of the most populous regions of the world; the new seminary partnership under way in the Yucatan Peninsula; and new Champion Churches to meet the needs of the conventions and seminaries around the globe.
    • Pray for the upcoming graduations at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pray for those in the Southwestern family who are currently undergoing cancer treatment: Diane Blaising, Kevin Ensley, LaJuana Ross and Jessica Wicker.
  4. Lifeway
    • Pray for wisdom as we seek to help people and churches know Jesus Christ by providing biblical solutions that spiritually transform individuals and cultures.
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Susie & O.S. Hawkins

Susie Hawkins lives in Dallas and has been actively involved in women’s ministry as a pastor’s wife, teacher and volunteer. She has also served as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. She is a Bible study teacher and speaks at women’s conferences and retreats. Additionally, she is a contributor to various publications, such as “Voices Behind the Veil” and the “Women’s Evangelical Library Commentary,” as well as the author of a recently published book entitled “From One Ministry Wife to Another.”

Susie has an M.A. in Christian Leadership from Criswell College and an M.A. in Theology. She is married to O. S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention (formerly the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) and is the mother of two married daughters, Wendy and Holly, as well as a grandmother of six.

Her favorite things to do are bargain hunting, lunching with friends and playing with her grandchildren!