Week of January 17

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  • Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

    Pray for wisdom and healthy, Gospel-infused conversations in our churches around racial issues and tensions, resulting in healing and restoration.  

    Pray for the nations, that all might hear the good news of the Gospel.  Pray for church plants to be started for all peoples.  

  • Pray for Marcus Shambry and Project Truth Community Church in Vancouver, WA. Marcus has been leading Project Truth for over 5 years, while raising his three boys as a single father.  Pray for him as he pastors and fathers his boys.

    Pray for Project Truth as they seek to share the Gospel with their community.

    Marcus led a Leadership Think Tank of young which successfully launched an online church of Project Truth.  Pray for the effectiveness of this church to reach others and disciple the believers effectively.

  • Pray for our partner Joe Chambers.  A former Northwest pastor himself, Joe has been a huge support to our planters and pastors by providing Soul Care through conferences, gatherings, and individual meetings.  He is passionate about caring for the souls of our leaders.  Pray for him as he pastors his own church in Buena Vista, Colorado.  Pray for the Spiritual Retreats he leads for couples.  Pray for continued refreshing of his spirit as he ministers.  Pray for his wife Lynette, and his grown kids and precious grandkids.

  • Pray for George Mungai and Neema Community Church in Everett, WA.  Originally from Kenya, George and his wife Pauline are reaching Kenyans and others in their community with the Gospel. Neema Community Church worships in Swahili and English. 

    Pray for open doors for the Gospel to go forth.

    Pray for their food ministry to the needy, that it would bear spiritual fruit.

  • Pray for the NWBC Church Health & Evangelism Team, led by Joe Flegal.  Their team helps church plants become stronger churches as they mature past their initial planting years.  They lead our convention in church strengthening and revitalization, pastor clusters, worship ministry, children's ministry, and student ministry.

    Pray they would be effective in ministering to churches.  Pray for wisdom as they meet with and counsel pastors and encourage them.

Week of January 10

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  • Please pray for Eduardo & Nimis Lara and Nueva Esperanza de Creswell (Creswell, Oregon).  Please pray specifically:

    • The Laras have been informed that they will need to find new housing by the end of February and the current housing market is proving difficult. Even if they can find a new place, the current market will require their rent to almost double. Additionally, because they have an R1 Visa and do not have their Permanent Residency Visa (in process), it is hard to find rental agencies that will consider them.
    • Pray as they partner with Northwest Collegiate Ministries to reach out to college students on nearby campuses.
    • Pray they would be effective in sharing the Gospel with their community.
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    Pray for encouragement for our planters, that they would build in healthy rhythms for soul care.  Northwest weather can be dark and gloomy, and the ongoing pandemic and unrest in our times can

    sometimes make even the most optimistic person look at the days ahead with uncertainty..  Pray for daily reminders of God's call and grace in their lives.  Pray for God to raise up Barnabas-like men and women who will be sources of encouragement when they feel weary.  Pray they would be attuned enough to their souls that they would seek help when needed and not soldier on alone and hurting.  Ask the God of Hope to be their ever-present companion today.

  • Pray for Keith Carpenter and Epic Life Church as they seek to reach North Seattle with the Gospel. Epic Life is determined to bring light and transformation to the Aurora Corridor, an area that has been marked by drugs, homelessness, and prostitution. They have significant influence in their community and have seen great progress, but there is much yet to do. Keith Carpenter and Epic Life are key church planting partners in the Northwest. Pray for them as they reach out to the lost and hurting, and as they help lead, train, and support church planters.

    Pray for the entire Carpenter family - Kristine, and their boys Konnor, Kaden, Kody, and Kaleb.

    Oh, and a very Happy birthday today to Keith!

  • Pray for Haggai Habila and Living Spring Fellowship.  Haggai and Mary, along with their 3 kids - Magdiel, Haziel, and Michelle, planted their first campus over 10 years ago in Des Moines, WA.  Not too long after that, a call came that resulted in them starting a second campus in Lynnwood, WA.  After a move a couple years ago, they began work on a third campus in Puyallup, WA.  Originally from Nigeria, the Habilas serve tirelessly to reach the lost in their communities with the Gospel of Christ.

    Pray for strength and energy, as Haggai also serves as a hospital chaplain.  Pray God would bless their efforts and that many would come to know His saving grace!

  • Pray for NWBC consultant Gary Floyd. Gary oversees Northwest Disaster Relief, Associational Relations, and Chaplaincy. Pray for him as he directs these ministries. Pray for church planting leaders to be raised up to work alongside Disaster Relief to build upon the relational investment the DR teams make in a community. Pray for the next generation of leaders to step forward for DR ministry. Pray for the many Directors of Missions, Moderators, and Chaplains that Gary serves and supports.

    Pray for Gary's wife Dianne, their kids, and grandkids.

Week of January 3

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  • Pray for the church planters God is calling to start new churches in the Northwest this year.  Pray for softening of the soil, that the fields truly would be ripe for harvest.  Pray for team members to be raised up to walk alongside these lead planters.  Pray for clarity of calling, both to planting and to a location / people group.

  • Please pray for Yalid Fuentes and Highland Baptist Church Español.  Pray they would be salt and light to the community of Redmond, Oregon and be able to effetively reach the lost with the Good News.

    Congratulations to Yalid and Melissa for their newest addition, Seth (born Nov 2, 2021).  Pray for them and for their daughter, Anna Grace, as they minister to those around them.

  • Pray for our partners, Oakwood Church in New Braunfels, Texas!  Pray for  Senior Pastor Ray Still, Exec Pastor Rusty Rice, and Associate Pastor Jeff Covington as they lead their church to reach their community and beyond.  Oakwood has been a faithful partner in the Northwest for a number of years, partering with Epic Life Church in Seattle, our Hispanic ministry (led by Ivan Montenegro), and with our church planting efforts overall.   Praise God for such faithful partners!  Pray that they might be blessed abundantly, even as they have blessed us!

  • Pray for Nelson Castro and Point of Encounter Church in Hillsboro, Oregon.   Pray that they would have favor in their community and be given many opportunities to share the Good News with the lost.

  • Pray for our Team!  

    Please pray for Ivan Montenegro, who serves as NWBC's Hispanic Church Planting Catalyst.  Ivan leads the Hispanic Biblical Insistute in Lynden, and is catalytically starting new churches and raising up planters to both pastor those churches and also to send out to begin new churches.

    Pray for his wife, Lavi, and their son Ivan Jr, as well as their grown daughters Evai, Ivania, Gabriela, and Alexa.

Week of December 27

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  • Happy belated boxing day to our neighbors to the North!

    Please pray for our partners and planters in Vancouver BC, including Send City Missionary Peter Blackaby, CP Catalyst Steve Lee, HUB Administrators Patsy Woodard and Jessica Holmes, and retiring CP Catalyst Ray Woodard.  Please pray for God to bring new planters and partners to serve in the Greater Vancouver area, and for strength and encouragement for those already planting.

    Praises for the many years of service Ray & Patsy Woodard have given to the ministry of planting in BC.

  • Pray for Ankhbayar Jigjid and Eternal Joy Mongolian Church of Seattle.   Pray for their efforts to reach the Mongolian population in North Seattle and beyond with the Gospel.

    Please also pray for Ankhbayar's family - wife Badnaa, daughter Yesugen & son Erkhes.

  • Pray for our team!

    Please pray for our newest addition to the team, Rob Walker.  Formerly lead pastor of New Hope in Creswell, Oregon, Rob is now serving as both NWBC Church Health & Evangelism AND Church Planting Catalyst for Region 4 (Central & Southern Oregon).  Please pray for him as he connects with current pastors and churches, as well as finding new planters and discovering areas in need new works.  Pray for his wife Kristen and their kids as they support Rob in this new role.

  • Pray for Mark Ford and Go Church in Ridgefield, WA, that God will help them to reach more people for Christ.  Pray also for his wife Kristy as she serves tirelessly alongside Mark to build up the body and reach the unbelieving.

    Go Church is part of a larger network, Go Church Family Network (aka Go Net), also led by Mark Ford.  Please lift up the launching of their three church plants this year: Makers Church (Planter Jason Page), Go Igelsia (Planter Martin Leyva), and Go Church - PDX (Planter Dustin Payne). 

  • Pray for 2022 to be an unprecedented year of churches planted and lives changed.  Pray for our current plants to thrive, and for new plants to be birthed.  Pray that God would move in a mighty way across the Northwest and that many will turn to Him.

    The Lord bless you

        and keep you;

    the Lord make his face shine on you

        and be gracious to you;

    the Lord turn his face toward you

        and give you peace.

    Numbers 6:24-26

    Happy New Year!

Week of December 20

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  • Pray for Daniel Englehart and The Mountain Church in Des Moines, WA.

    Please pray

    • for God to bring/raise up evangelistic people who have a heart to share the Gospel with their city. 
    • for healing for the body from some internal hurts from the past year
    • for wisdom and discernment to lead well
    • for growth
    Please also be praying for his wife, Stephanie, and their three adorable girls: Addisyn, Avery and Ana.

    Click here to watch a full prayer update from Daniel.
  • Pray for Ricardo Barber & One H.O.P.E. Church in Portland, OR.  Praises for their first new member class, and prayers requested for many more to follow.

    Pray for their outreach ministry Urban Wings Aviation and Aerospace Leadership Club.

    Please also pray for Ricardo's wife Menya, and their kids Taylor, Hope, Faith, and Tytus.

  • Please join Pastor Aaren Gushwa and CrossPoint Community Church in Yreka, CA as they pray for planters to reach the ethnic populations in their community.  Pray specifically for planters among the Hmong, Hispanic, and Native American peoples.

  • Please pray for Kairos Church in Walla Walla, WA.  Their planter/pastor resigned earlier this year.  Please pray with the remaining members for wisdom and discernment whether to close and sell the property or pursue becoming a rePlant.

  • Lift your voices up in praise to our great God for the gift of His Son! 

    For to us a child is born,

    to us a son is given;

    and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

    and his name shall be called

    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    Isaiah 9:6

    Merry CHRISTmas!

Week of December 13

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  • Pray for our team:  

    Pray for Nancy Hall, NWBC Women's Missions Specialist.  Nancy works tirelessly to encourage and support planters/pastors wives in the Northwest.  She is also a champion for planters and their families, creating the Adopt-a-Planter program where a church or individual can "adopt" a planter family to support and encourage.

    Also, a very happy belated birthday, Nancy (yesterday)! 

  • Pray for Planter Jonah Easley and Awakening Church in Bellevue, WA.   Awakening is nearing the end of their contract at their current meeting location (the Residence Inn) and are looking for a new home.  Pray for wisdom, peace and discernment as they seek the right location.

    Please pray for Jonah, his wife Katherine, and their children Evan, Adele, and Elijah.

  • Photo by Evie S. on Unsplash.com

    Please ask the Lord of the Harvest to send more workers to reach the Chinese diaspora in the Northwest.

  • Pray for Tom Tang, planting New Creation Chinese Church, a Mandarin-speaking congregation, in Beaverton, Oregon.  Some specific prayer requests:

    • financial provision, as many in their congregation are young or unable to work due to visa status
    • for their children's ministry, as they are blessed by almost as many children as adults!
    • that they would stand firm and rejoice in Christ, regardless of any difficulties
    • wisdom for Tom to balance work and prioritize time with his wife Jessie and girls Esther and Elizabeth
    • for New Creation's leadership to continue growing in faith, love, and unity
    • that members would not be ruled by fear of COVID, be bold to share the gospel with friends and bring them to church
  • Pray for our partners!  Please pray for the IMB NW - Pacific Rim Peoples workers Jim & Becky Graham, Britton & Tara Carnes, Sarah Reed, and Brittney Carnes as they strive to connect with the Chinese diaspora in the NW and across North America. Pray that new churches will be birthed, and planters and leaders raised up to take the Gospel back to their home countries.

Week of December 6

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  • Pray for the Associations that make up the NWBC and the Directors of Missions, Moderators, staff, and teams that lead them.  They strive tirelessly to serve the churches and plants in their regions, and we are grateful for them!

    • Central Washington Baptist Association
    • Coast Baptist Association of Lincoln & Tillamook Counties
    • Columbia Basin Baptist Association
    • Coulee Baptist Association
    • High Desert Baptist Association
    • Inland Empire Baptist Association
    • Interstate Baptist Association
    • Mt Baker Baptist Association
    • Northwest Baptist Network
    • Olympic Baptist Association
    • Puget Sound Baptist Association
    • Southwest Washington Baptist Association
    • Willamette Valley Baptist Association

  • Pray for Eric Diaz and Abide Church in Pasco, WA. Eric is planting the church with his brother, Professor Adam Diaz. Abide Church is closely tied with Columbia Basin College and is reaching students and young singles and families in the Tri-Cities area.  Pray for Eric, his wife Victoria, and the leadership of Abide as they seek to be a light to the college and surrounding area.

    Pray specifically:

    • that their access to the college campus would continue to grow
    • for the students hearing the Gospel message, that they will have open hearts to understand and be saved
    • for God to continue to raise up leaders from within the church both to lead within Abide and to plant additional churches

  • Pray the Lord of the Harvest to raise up and deploy more rePlanters in the Northwest.  RePlanters are a unique type of planters, who are able to take a dying church that has agreed to the process, and work with the remaining members to start a new work.  

    Pray for existing congregations that are considering if it is time for their church to step aside in order to give birth to something new--a new legacy for the next generation and beyond. Pray for the remaining members as they allow God to stretch them to embrace where He is leading next.

  • Pray for rePlanters Matt & Tiffany Holdahl, and their kids Bradyn, Charley Ann, and Abram, and their rePlant Calvary Baptist Church in Albany, Oregon.

    Pray for the Gospel to take root in their neighborhood. Pray that God would direct their steps, developing leadership, & discipling new believers.

  • Kent Staton

    Pray for our Team!

    Pray for Kent Staton, serving as NWBC Region 5 Church Health & Evangelism / Church Planting Catalyst.  Region 5 encompasses Eastern Washington, NE Oregon, and Northern Idaho.  Pray for Kent as he travels and meets with pastors and planters.  Pray for wisdom as he helps churches navigate the decision to rePlant.  

    Pray for his wife Debbie as she supports Kent as he serves in this role.

Week of November 29

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  • Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more Co-Vocational workers to plant churches in the Northwest!

    "Co-vocational" planting is when the planter has a clear calling in the marketplace that he never intends to leave, even while planting a church.

  • Pray for planter Jacob Dahl and Resonate UW!

    Jacob is working to plant on campus at University of Washington, as well as plant a secondary off-site plant.  They were able to hold their first preview service in November, and hope to continue to do preview services monthly to gain traction.

    Please pray that UW would quickly grant their club status so they can begin meeting on campus where the students are focused.

    Pray for his wife Jessica, and their two kids Hudson & Valerie.

  • Pray for our partners! 
    Dr. Gary Smith, Northwest Advocate, former Sr pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington, TX, and NAMB Ambassador, has brought more than 100 potential partner churches to the Northwest.

    Dr. Smith connects on average with 10-15 pastors each week.  He is asking for prayer for divine appointments with those who should come on a vision tour and consider partnering in the Northwest.
  • Paterson Family

    Pray for Ryan Paterson and A Church Family Network (CFN).  CFN is a multiplying network of churches in Vancouver/Portland and beyond.  Pray for their residency program, as they raise up new planters from within.  Pray for them to be successful in multiplying churches, cohorts and gospel teams.  Ryan is a co-vocational planter, so pray for opportunities for him to bring the Gospel to the workplace as well as to his community.

    Pray for Ryan's family - wife Rebecca, and kids Ashlyn, Caleb, Eli, Addy and Cora.

  • Pray for our team! 

    Please pray for Region 3 (Portland/Vancouver) Church Planting Catalyst Wes Hughes.  Wes is a gifted encourager and connector/collaborator, with a passion for soul care.  Pray for him as he strives to encourage his planters and their families, as well as striving to discover new planters and partners.

    Pray for his wife Charlean, and their grown kids Abby, Zac & Cody.

Week of November 22

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    Pray the Lord of the Harvest will send out workers into his harvest. (Matt 9:38)

    Pray specifically for the planters and partners for North Idaho.  The communities of Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Rathdrum as well as the surrounding areas are seeing an explosion of growth.  Tens of thousands of new residents have arrived and more are expected.

    Pray for Inland Empire Baptist Assoc. Moderator Dan Brandel and NWBC Catalyst Kent Staton  as they lead local churches in this endeavor.

  • Pray for our partners, Northwest Baptist Foundation led by Foundation President Clint Overall.  NWBF provides financial and legal guidance for church plants, established churches and individuals and has helped resource the NWBC and church planting.

  • Pray for Discovery Church (Seattle) and Planter Kevin Gibbs.

    Pray that God would provide older, seasoned Christians to plant alongside them.

    Pray for their new disciple-making groups, that they would see faith deepen and outreach to lost friends widen!

    Pray for Rebecca, and their sons - Barrett (Bear), and their brand-new miracle baby, Cameron.

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    Offer a prayer of Thanksgiving to the Lord for His goodness to us. He has sustained our planters through Covid. He has started more NWBC church plants than ever before. He has blessed us with wonderful partners. He has continued to bring the lost to Himself…including each of us. God is good.

  • Pray for our team!

    Please pray for Phil Peters.  Phil  is our "utility player" catalyst....while he is assigned specifically to help with the work in Regions 2 and 3, he is also assisting with works in Regions 1 and 5 currently!  Pray for him as he travels throughout the Northwest, meeting with planters and pastors to coach and encourage them.  Pray for his wife, Elaine, and his two grown daughters Beth and Becky.

Prayer Archive

Here you can find past week's prayer topics.

Week of November 15

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  • Pray for our partners: the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT, or Texas Baptists.)  Pray for their annual meeting which is happening this week (Nov 14-16).  We are thankful for the many ways BGCT and their churches are already partnering in the Northwest.

  • Pray for our team!

    Happy birthday to Gary Irby, Church Planting Director!! Gary tirelessly strives to see the Gospel planted through new churches throughout the Northwest.  Pray for continued wisdom and direction as he leads the Northwest Church Planting Team.

    Pray for his wife Joyce, his four grown kids, and their families.

  • Pray for Scott and Rachel Stewart, who are replanting First Baptist Church in Toledo, Oregon.

    Please pray for Rachel, who is pregnant and was diagnosed with Placenta Accreta Syndrome. This is a life-threatening condition if she does not receive proper medical care when delivering her baby.  The distance to the hospital is over an hour away, and she will need to stay several weeks after delivery as well.

    Pray for the Stewart children: Abigail (6), Samuel & Silas (4), and baby girl (unborn).

    Pray the replant will keep on the mission of redeeming Toledo with the Gospel.

    Pray for Toledo, that the community would see Jesus as their satisfaction.

  • Pray that the Lord of the Harvest would send out church planters to continue planting new churches in the Northwest! Pray for those He is preparing and calling out even now.  Pray He would raise up team members and partners to help plant His churches. 

  • Pray for Planter Rich Hutchins and Stilly Valley Church with campuses in Stanwood and Arlington, WA.

    Pray for good health for the Hutchins family, as they are consistently out in the community and around lots of people serving.

    Pray for Pastor Rich - in addition to pastoring, he also does electrical work. Pray for discernment as he chooses which of the many jobs available he should take, to balance what is needed to provide for his family with not overworking himself.

    Pray for Stilly Valley Church as they have just begun a food distribution ministry to the community. This could build up to 50 boxes of food a week for needy families. They are also working towards being able to provide an additional warm meal for those in need in the middle of their Wednesday night service.

    Additional prayer needs include needing a worship leader, and the need to secure a new meeting location for worship by Jan. 1, 2022.

Week of November 8

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  • Pray for the Lord to raise up planters to reach the Afghani peoples in the Northwest. We currently do not have any SBC churches that are specifically reaching this people group.

  • Pray for Vancouver Arabic Healing Church, led by pastor Fayze Hanna.  Fayze and his wife, Eman El Said,  are originally from Egypt, and are reaching Arab speakers in the Vancouver area.  They are blessed with five children.

    Please pray for their daughter's application to Harvard, for Fayze and Eman as they minister to families going through divorce and hard times, and for their church, that they might experience growth and unity.

  • Pray for more churches and individuals to desire to partner with church plants.  True partnership is prayer support, mission involvement, financial giving, and advocacy.  We cry out for committed partners who see the need in the Northwest and seek to be involved long-term for the sake of the Kingdom.

    We are thankful for Brazos Pointe Fellowship in Lake Jackson, TX, led by Pastor Greg Pickering. They have been long-time partners with the Northwest.  Please pray for them that they might receive back blessings ten fold for their generous spirits. Pray specifically for their transition as they recently made the difficult choice to close one of their campuses.


  • Pray for our Hispanic network.  The Biblical Institute in Bellingham, led by Ivan Montenegro, is currently training approximately 50 Hispanic planters and leaders.  Pray for plans that are in process to launch a second Biblical Institute in Pasco, Washington. 

  • Pray for our team!

    Please pray for Tim Howe.  Tim is catalyst for Region 1, which stretches from Tacoma north to the Canadian Border and East to the mountains.  He is tireless in his passion to meet with our current planters to coach and encourage them, as well as to seek to recruit planters and partners to join them.  Pray for refreshing and rest in the midst of his crazy schedule.  

    Pray for his wife, Kim, and kids Nadia (who just started college this year), Matteo and Mariel.