Mission Illinois Week of Prayer: Day 4

Meredith Flynn —  September 18, 2013

MIO_blogDAY 4: Watch “Big City, Big Challenge”

Metro Chicago is a mix of neighborhoods and small towns and mid-size cities, all stitched together into the urban patchwork we call “Chicagoland.” With 2,000 people groups and 200 languages spoken, Chicago has many people who desperately need the Gospel.

As God draws missionaries, pastors, and church planters to share the Gospel with the region’s 10 million people, he calls some to come from far away. Others he calls to invest their lives in their hometowns.

“When God first called me, I wanted to go far away, like Jonah,” Pastor Marcus Randle said. “But he sent me right back here to the Southside.”

When we first introduced Randle, his congregation was moving into an old church-school complex, with big plans to expand their outreach to at-risk kids and homeless women. Settled in now, the challenges are big for Resurrection House, but the opportunities are bigger.

Read: Jonah 3:1-4; Isaiah 6:1-6

Think: Why does God send people to minister in places where, at first, they refuse to go?

Pray for 80 church planters and their families working in Illinois today. Ask that they have favor in the many neighborhoods without a church.

Meredith Flynn

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.