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WEEK OF PRAYER: Maine church cracks hard soil, sees explosive growthAUGUSTA, Maine (BP) -- When Jeremy Snowman first attended Kennebec Community Church (KCC), he entered the premises with deep apprehension. His boyfriend was already attending and felt comfortable there. Snowman wanted a church and was willing to risk rejection and judgment.
His parents attended church when he was a child, but that ended around age 10. He had begun having feelings about being different from other children who tagged him as gay because of his feminine characteristics. In middle school and high school Snowman was the target of bullying, so he built an emotional shell for protection. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Church planters no longer alone in Colorado townTIMNATH, Colo. (BP) -- Two months after settling about 900 miles north of their native Texas, Kelly and Brandi Parrish were sitting on the living room floor on Christmas Eve 2013 with their four children lighting Advent candles.
They had come to plant a church.
That night, the family asked God not to let them ever be alone again on Christmas Eve. Then they prayed that God would work in their lives over the next year. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Collegiate evangelism produces 'joy' in NorthwestELLENSBURG, Wash. -- During Jacob Dahl's senior year at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., the civil engineering major had a "sitting-in-the-mud moment," much like the prodigal son. Though the Washington native grew up in church, he had somehow "missed the heart of the Gospel."
"I came to the end of my rope in terms of morality and self-discovery," Dahl said.
Dahl crawled out of the mud and into Resonate Church, a Southern Baptist campus church at WSU, where he professed faith in Christ and was baptized. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Teaching, reaching refugees in JacksonvilleJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- While sitting with her daughter at a mall food court, Kim Carr noticed internationals in exotic clothing surrounded them. Carr asked her daughter, "When did they all get here? Where are they from? Who is reaching them?"
Armed with the new sensitivity, and prompted by the Holy Spirit, Carr felt led to learn more. At a local fitness center she met with a former Southern Baptist missionary who had been praying less than 12 hours before for someone to help with international refugees. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Canadian pastor finds new flock with The GatheringWINDSOR, Ontario (BP) -- John D'Antonio's family knew that his four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, would soon be over. Many of his Italian-Canadian family and friends had gathered in his Windsor hospital room to say goodbye to the 30-year-old father and husband.
Just before John's diagnosis four years earlier, his family had moved next door to Garth and Patty Leno. Leno was the pastor of one of Windsor's largest churches, and John's mother, Italian immigrant Elena, was a faithful member. On this most difficult of days, the family called Leno. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Church plant emerges from walking the streets of BrooklynBROOKLYN, N.Y. (BP) -- When Camille Mumford started attending Bridge Church with her husband, she regularly sent pastor James Roberson quotes from New Age advocate Deepak Chopra. The Cleveland native wasn't too sure about what she was hearing from Roberson and she wasn't sure that anyone in the church's Bible study would understand her.
But she continued to attend the small group, known as City Groups, and learned the importance of discovering community, particularly when living in a new city. Within three months, she volunteered to bring food. Three months later, she started participating. Today, she can't imagine living in New York City without her Bridge Church family. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Church planter embraces unknown, leads Portland churchPORTLAND, Ore. (BP) -- When Josh Carter and his family migrated 2,700 miles from East Tennessee to the Pacific Northwest, he found his people -- mountain people -- in Oregon. The move was out of obedience to God's call on the family.
But Carter's preparation didn't happen without hardship and a spiritual battle.
The product of a broken home, grandparents helped in the raising of Carter and his two siblings in East Tennessee. Under the tutelage of his grandfather, who pastored an ... Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: From backslidden to Christ-drivenSAN DIEGO (BP) -- At age 16 Manny Sanchez tagged along with his family to an Amway Convention. They were independent business owners with the mega network marketing company that sells soap, vitamins, makeup and other products.
On that Saturday, someone announced there would be an optional Sunday morning session. Sanchez went to what turned out to be a worship service. He learned that life could be about more than making money.
"The guy preached an evangelistic message," Sanchez said. "I went forward and got saved. My heart really did change. I was the first in my family to get saved." Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Creativity meets church planting in MontrealMONTREAL (BP) -- When Tony Silveira's family arrived in Montreal in 2006, the Portuguese native was not naive. After starting churches in Toronto for 12 years and assisting with efforts in Montreal, he knew challenges existed in cities where there was an apparent resistance to religion.
"In general, churches don't have a good reputation," Silveira said. "Religious words are curse words." Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Planting a church in his childhood neighborhoodNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Ryan Rice once despised the church. Then he found love.
Growing up in greater New Orleans, an aunt read the Bible to him. Rice found the stories about Jesus fascinating.
"I was the kid who raised his hand to answer every Bible question," Rice said of his early exposure to Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
When he turned 8 years old, his mother married a man who was an abuser and drug user. As a child just discovering the Bible, he learned about the dark side of life, and he asked a big question for a child, "Where is God?" Read More