Episode 217

Steven Curtis Chapman, Pastor Appreciation Extended & IMB Prayer List

Nov 2, 2022

Voters in five states will make decisions in the Nov. 8 elections on abortion policies that vary from proposals intended to protect preborn children to those that would guarantee far-reaching access to the lethal procedure. Long before William Branch became a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was known as one of the most influential Christian hip-hop artists of all-time, “The Ambassador.” And, southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has been awarded $400,000 in funding from the Florida Disaster Fund to help the state’s residents with relief efforts following Hurricane Ian’s landfall in late September.


Steven Curtis Chapman shares a snippet of his journey in the latest “I Am Second” short film, a series of video testimonies featuring a diversity of Christian celebrities.

His testimony comes just weeks after the Oct. 14 release of “Still,” his latest album in a decades-long career distinguishing him as the most awarded artist in Christian music history.

Describing himself as a “fixer,” his testimony also comes 14 years after a personal family tragedy he couldn’t fix, the accidental death of his 5-year-old daughter Maria Sue, hit by an SUV driven by Chapman’s own teenage son on a roadway in front of the family’s Franklin, Tenn., home.

In the video, he speaks of mountaintops and valleys beyond his imagination. Both filled with joy, frustration and God’s faithfulness.

According to church consultants at the Vanderbloemen Group, the search for student pastors is “far and away” the most difficult it’s been in years.

“The pandemic hurt student ministry perhaps more than any other part of the church,” he said.

Despite the challenges, Vanderbloemen said churches must remain faithful and remember Who is in charge.

“It may seem hopeless, but Jesus started this church, and He’s going to perfect it.”

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Though the Tikulhara (a subgroup of the Nat of India) is a people group numbering only 2,100, they are not small or unknown to the Father. Recently, God sent a Bihari believer into a Nat area for work.
Give thanks to Him for this “divine encounter,” and pray that this will open the door for future relationships and future ministry among the Tikulhara. Pray that this believer will continue to have an open door into this community and that he will boldly share the good news of Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to stir in the hearts of these people, preparing them to receive and believe this wonderful message.
To learn more about how you can pray for unreached people groups, visit IMB.org/prayer list.

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