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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
WEEK OF PRAYER: Waterfront Church to be fort in nation's capitalWASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) -- Zack Randles believes that the nation's capital needs another fort, and he's willing to build that fortified structure.
The fort he envisions will not look anything like the military installations that protect the hub of America's government -- this fort will be a church.
The young west Texan set his heart toward Washington during his senior year at Oklahoma State University where he studied sociology. He committed to God in prayer to "do whatever ... Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Church planter continues to 'brag on Jesus'INDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- Three years ago Barry Rager was the pastor of a small Kentucky church. Most of his days were centered on important church business. Among his many duties as a pastor, he prepared sermons, visited sick members and mediated church disputes. All good work. All important work. All Kingdom work.
"I was kind of like the coach saying, 'Hey, reach the people you are with,' but I wasn't actually the one doing it," Rager says. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Reaching 'poverty I've called you to'
BURNABY, British Columbia (BP) -- Victor and Candice Thomas landed in Vancouver, British Columbia, promising they'd never stay. Five years later, they're still in town.The South African entrepreneurs arrived in 2007, allowing Victor Thomas to start a four-month stint as a researcher at Simon Fraser University, an adventure he called an extended honeymoon for the newlyweds. His study focused on environmental science and poverty, but the couple found a new calling in Burnaby, a quick train-ride from downtown Vancouver.Three weeks before they were to return to Cape Town, Thomas walked the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser, his eyes seeming to open for the first time.
"I saw these students with blank looks on their faces, and I started to tear up. For a South African male that's not cool," Thomas said. "It was as if God was saying, 'Isn't this the poverty I've called you to?'"
From a family with seven generations of pastors, Thomas told his friends he'd never follow suit. And indeed he'd stayed true to his proclamation for more than two decades, though he always served the poor alongside his dad. He also started a company consulting on construction projects in environmentally sensitive areas.
"Life was good back in Africa," Thomas said. "I'd just hired a friend and we had several big contracts. We'd never intended to stay in Canada."
As God began to draw the Thomases to the work of The Point Church, a long drive with then-planter of The Point, Kelly Manire, sealed the decision.
"He told us he was moving on," Thomas said, "and that he wanted me and Candice to take over."
The Point, a Canadian National Baptist Convention church, had started years earlier, but had dwindled to a small Bible study. Taking over The Point would amount to relaunching the church. As Thomas saw it, this also meant launching additional campuses in suburban Coquitlam and
Victor Thomas is just one of several church planters serving in the greater Vancouver area, and is helping to achieve the vision of Send North America: Vancouver. ... Read More
Church revitalization 'has to be intentional'FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Randal Lyle knew almost nothing about church revitalization when he joined the staff of Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth. His education would be by immersion when a nearby church -- Meadowridge Community Baptist -- came seeking help. Read More
Human trafficking issue captured her heartHIGH POINT, N.C. (BP) -- Sandra Johnson refuses to turn her back on the problem. And she believes other Baptists shouldn't either.
For Johnson, a North American Mission Board (NAMB) missionary based in North Carolina, the issue of human trafficking is personal, and it's a problem that is right in our "own backyard." Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER; 'Life-changing' mission trip to Africa motivates S.F. church plantSAN FRANCISCO(BP) -- Living in an environment as affluent as San Francisco can numb people to others' needs, but Ben Pilgreen knows God is able to increase a person's sensitivity. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Vulnerable women in New Orleans find hopeNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Homeless, pregnant and struggling with substance abuse, Melanie's life seemed hopeless as she slept under a bridge in Oklahoma City several years ago.
Then a newspaper article caught Melanie's eye about the city of New Orleans' struggle to rebuild afterHurricane Katrina. Desperate to rebuild her life as well, she set out for New Orleans and on the path to a divine appointment with LoveLoud missionary Kay Bennett. Read More