Welcome to the USA/Canada Region's Prayer Room. We hope you'll stay for a while and pray about these requests for the Church of the Nazarene in the USA and Canada!
We ask you to join us in praying for General Assembly and Conventions coming up very quickly. These are the USA/Canada conventions that will be going on from June 21 to 24.
1. SDMI Convention. The USA/Canada SDMI convention is expecting 550 people. Please pray for delegates, workshop leaders, convention planners, and anyone else God lays on your heart. Pray for SDMI USA/Canada leader, Larry Morris, and his assistant Kathy Lewis, as well as staffers John Comstock, Dan Harris, Leslie Hart, and Linda Hardin.
2. NYI Convention. USA/Canada will participate in the Global NYI Convention, which looks like it will be the best-attended convention in NYI history. The top teen Bible quizzers will also participate in a quiz tournament during the convention. Please pray for NYI USA/Canada leader Justin Pickard and his team: Alli Campbell, Rob Sante, and Matt Selden. USA/Canada NYI will also host regional caucuses and other meetings.
3. Many of our USA/Canada Nazarenes will be attending the Nazarene Missions International conference. We pray that the Lord will guide and bless these leaders who empower, educate, and encourage their districts in the realm of missions.
Please pray for those from your church and district who are travelling to GA2017. Please pray for their travel safety, and for the Lord to give them a time of vision and renewal. Pray for your district leaders as they seek the Lord's discernment, as well as delegates and others.
The USA/Canada Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries (SDMI) has been requested to host a kids' activity area at General Assembly since it was such a hit at the last General Assembly—giving kids a place to exert some energy. This and other child-focused activities need lots of volunteers giving a couple of hours of their time. Will you pray with the SDMI leaders that God will bring those volunteers to bless our Nazarene families? And if you want to be an answer to this prayer, too, please see http://www.usacanadaregion.org/features/1176-bless-kids-bless-parents for more information.
If you are going to General Assembly, you might want to catch some of the prayer times as noted by Nazarene News: http://www.nazarene.org/article/bgs-general-assembly-prayer-opportunities
Praise and Prayer
We are so thankful to the Lord for all the reports we are hearing of children coming to the Lord through VBS already this summer! Please keep praying that the Holy Spirit will grab hold of these children's hearts and fill them with such love that they'll take knowledge of Him back home to their families! We also pray that the lessons they learn at VBS will stay with them as they grow, even into adulthood, just as many of us remember how the Lord worked in our own lives through Nazarene VBS. Also pray for the VBS leaders and volunteers, that the Lord will bless them for their labor and draw them closer to him.
With summertime here, many Nazarene churches in the USA/Canada region are hosting outdoor events. Please pray that these will provide great outreach into communities.
Summer is district assembly season and we praise the Lord for all of the good reports we have heard from the districts. We are thankful for the new district superintendents who have been called to shepherd pastors and laity, and we pray that the Lord will guide them as they learn their new responsibilities.
Bill Weisman, director of Evangelism Ministries and New Church Development reminds us of the "Big 3" prayer requests:
1. Pray that the Lord of the Universe will install in all of us the passion and fervor of the original Nazarenes over 100 years ago. May we have a burden for lost people! That original group at Pilot Point, Texas represented approximately 10,000 Nazarenes.
2. Pray to the God of Multiplication that He will help us plant 10,000 New Churches – all for the glory of God and the salvation of souls!
3. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest that He will “send out” 10,000 New Missionaries/Church Planters into the USA/Canada harvest fields (Luke 10:2)!
Excitement and passion for church planting and revitalization was present among those who participated in Nebraska District’s CPE & NCD training. At least two churches will be planted as a result of this training, and other possibilities include a new cowboy church, a restart church, a church for troubled teens and young adults and a church for a local race track!
The Canada Central District hosted their second of seven NCD training events on their district, as a part of their district’s “church health initiative.” One pastor, who had lost hope and felt that each board meeting would be his last, felt revived and left the training ready to lead his congregation into healthy days ahead! Others left inspired with visions for their church’s future and health.
Praise and Prayer
On Saturday April 22, lightning struck the Dechard (Tennessee) Church of the Nazarene and set the steeple on fire. Thankfully the fire was contained to the steeple. Please pray for the church and Pastor Brian Nave as they process the logistics of getting the steeple rebuilt.
This week many Nazarene leaders will attend Exponential East, a Church Planting event supported by our USA/Canada Regional Office (UCRO) New Church Development and Evangelism office. Pray for their safety in travelling. Please also pray that the Lord will be with these leaders as they learn and network. For the sixth year in a row, the total number of active churches on the USA/Canada region have seen a net growth. From 2012 to 2016, 651 new Nazarene churches were registered in the USA/Canada Region.
Praise and Prayer
When Pastor David Reynolds decided to get the Athens (Tenn.) Church of the Nazarene's church van cleaned up and ready for its next use, he started the motor and the vehicle instantly burst into flames. The van is a total loss, but we're thankful Pastor Reynolds is okay. Please pray for the church and Pastor Reynolds as they work with the church's transportation needs.
At General Assembly this summer, USA/Canada Region and Grace & Peace magazine will release a new movie to foster our Nazarene identity: Phineas Bresee, Pastor to the People.
This film will look at the heart and soul of one of the early leaders of the Church of the Nazarene whose spiritual DNA is still alive and thriving in our churches! Please pray for the film crew as they wrap this up. And please pray that the Holy Spirit will work through the presentation to remind us, and teach a new generation, what being a Nazarene and holiness believer is all about.
The film will premiere on Saturday, June 24 at General Assembly, and will be available for local churches. For more information, see http://www.usacanadaregion.org/basic-page/1160-phineas-f-bresee-pastor-to-the-people
We're thanking the Lord for a great NYI Leadership conference in March. About 400 youthworkers, pastors, senior pastors, district superintendents and others came to learn what the Church of the Nazarene is doing right with young people and how we can improve. Keep praying for these leaders as they go home and seek God to implement ideas they gleaned at the conference. (For more information, see http://nazarene.org/article/usacanada-nyi-hosts-largest-leadership-conference-date)
District Assembly season is starting! Please pray for these District Assemblies this week (below). Please pray for all the logistics to come together, for wisdom for the organizers and presenters and delegates, for wisdom for the leaders and visionaries. Also pray for all those attending the district assemblies...that the Holy Spirit will be present in their hearts and that they will also find encouragement and good fellowship as they meet new people and hear about what the Lord is doing on their districts. To print out a district list to pray for, see http://www.usacanadaregion.org/districts/2017-district-assembly-schedule
Northwest April 19-21
Central California April 20-21
Northern Michigan April 21-22
South Central Ohio April 20-22
Eastern Michigan April 23-24
OKlahoma April 23-24
Philadelphia April 23-24
Southern Florida April 23-24
Washington Pacific April 23-25
South Texas April 26-28
Sacramento April 27-28
Alaska April 28
Florida April 28-29
Upstate New York April 30-May 1
Praise and Prayer:
We're thankful for the Lord's leading at these conventions; now please pray, as the Holy Spirit reminds you, for the new leaders, that they'll learn quickly; and for all leaders as they put feet to the inspiration and ideas from the district assemblies.
Hawaii Pacific District — March 27-28
Texas–Oklahoma Latin District — March 28-29
Chicago Central District - April 2-3
SW Oklahoma District - April 2-3
MidAtlantic District - April 2-3
Western Latin American District – April 5-6
West Texas District – April 6-7
Northwestern Illinois – April 7-8
Southwest Latin America – April 8
Nazarene Bible College is moving their administrative staff to the Kansas City area. Please pray for the NBC personnel as they finish the logistics involved in moving: selling homes, packing belongings, finding a new place to live. Please pray for the personnel who will not be making the move, that the Lord will open doors for them.
If you have a prayer need regarding your USA/Canada Church of the Nazarene district or church, that you'd like for us to consider listing, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not be able to post prayer requests about individuals, and we may not be able to post all requests, but we welcome general requests.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." (Ephesians 6:18)