Quarterly Call to Prayer

Pray for:

  1. International Missions
    • AMERICAN PEOPLES — Pray that the Embera Chami people of Colombia will have an understanding of the gospel, that their hearts will be turned to the Savior.
    • DEAF PEOPLES — Naya Wilder* shares: “The Deaf church leaders from a neighboring country in Southeast Asia came and spent some time helping me. The gospel was shared with more than 100 Deaf people during their trip. Please pray for the Deaf in this country to hear from the Lord, respond to the Word and hold tight to truth.” (*name changed)
    • NORTHERN AFRICAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN UNENGAGED PEOPLES — Please pray for the 36,000 Syrians who live and work in the United Arab Emirates. Most have been there for years, but they still have ties to the homeland. Do they still have family in Syria, they wonder? If they are ever able to return, they won’t find it the same as the Syria they remember. Pray that the Syrians of the UAE will hear about the Savior who wants to give them comfort and hope.

    Answered prayers/praise:

    • BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BOO-dah-pesht) — Praise God that after many delays and difficulties, new church plant, Agora Gellert, has celebrated its first public worship service. Team Budapest’s long-term plan is for many more churches to be planted, each being named for the closest major square. Pray that God will guide them as they develop this new church and others throughout the city. Pray that the mother church, Agora Corvin, will stand strong and keep growing.
    • DECCANI MUSLIMS OF INDIA (deh-KAH-nee) — Praise the Lord that in the past year, 10 new groups have begun meeting together and listening to stories from the Bible! Pray that the Holy Spirit will be at work in these groups of Muslims.
    • BASOTHO OF LESOTHO AND SOUTH AFRICA (BAH-soo-too) — “Praise God and rejoice with us! God is at work in the mountains of Lesotho! Partner churches in the United States are joining our Basotho Team in reaching the unreached of Lesotho. We presently have 10 U.S. churches in various stages of partnership. These churches are engaging lostness, and God is faithfully drawing the Basotho to himself.”
  2. North American Missions
    • 2018 Annie Armstrong Easter — This is an SBC annual offering that funds missions in North America. More than 50% of the budget of the North American Mission Board is derived from this annual offering. Last year this offering set a record by going over 70 million. Praise the Lord! When we consider the tremendous needs in church planting, church revitalization (re-establishing dying churches) and in relief work, every dollar is critical. Particularly in 2017, we faced extreme disaster relief needs as multiple hurricanes hit Texas, Gulf Coast, Florida, Atlantic Coast and Puerto Rico. And our SBC family gave generously. Please be in prayer for our 2018 offering. Ask God to open people’s eyes and hearts to the overwhelming needs of communities that are without churches. We want to compassionately serve communities to demonstrate the love of Christ and His people. Remember 100% of this offering goes toward compassion ministries and church planting.
    • Church Planters Spouse Care — In late 2017, we launched a new work at NAMB to provide care, prayer and training for our planter’s wives. This is a critical component to the health and success of church planting as she is the key human factor in her husband’s ministry. A new system of care was implemented in our 32 most unreached cities as women were trained (Spouse Care Advocates) and assigned to give care and leadership with our wives at the local level. In January of 2018, our 32 Spouse Care Advocates wrote 678 notes and made 346 phone calls. These personal touches are critical to lonely, isolated women. Please pray that our spouses will begin connecting with each other as our advocates executed gatherings in February and March. Ask God to strengthen the community for spouses in these 32 cities so we can help them become healthy leaders and vigorous partners in church planting.
  3. Theological Education

    Southern (Louisville, KY)

    • Please pray for Southern's 1937 Project. During this service project, hundreds of SBTS students will go into the city of Louisville to serve and share the gospel.
    • Please pray for students who are nearing graduation and seeking wisdom for what to do and where to go next. Pray the Lord will guide their decisions and provide opportunities for them to serve Him.
    • Please pray for wisdom for the leadership of SBTS as they lead and care for a growing student body.

    Southeastern (Wake Forest, NC)

    • Pray for our students’ minds and characters to be trained in Christ so that they will be effective ministers of the gospel wherever the Lord takes them.
    • Pray for God to continue to provide students with the finances to continue their studies.
    • Many of our alumni are in the early stages of church plants, both domestically and internationally. Please pray for the gospel to be shared and church families formed.
    • Our institution relies heavily on donors, praise for their faithful giving and a desire to see students sent out for the cause of Christ.

    Midwestern (Kansas City, MO)

    • Please pray for faculty and staff members as well as some immediate family members who are going through cancer treatments. Specifically pray for Rodney Harrison, Angela Swain and Leslie Umstattd. Additionally, Dr. Harrison's wife, Julie, has also been experiencing significant health issues.
    • Please uplift Midwestern College's Fusion students who are on mission around the globe — serving with IMB missionaries and proclaiming the gospel.
    • Please intercede on behalf of our students to rightly discern their appropriate areas of ministry calling.
  4. Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
    • Please pray for the upcoming ERLC National Conference in Dallas, which will be held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention. It is called “The Gospel and the Future” and will host more than 1,000 attendees to think through gospel issues of evangelism and the church. These conferences are a large part in the ministry of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission to Southern Baptists and the evangelical world.
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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!