Mission Illinois Week of Prayer: Day 5

Meredith Flynn —  September 19, 2013

MIO_blogDAY 5: Watch “Choose2 Pray”

Together Illinois Baptist churches baptized more than 5,000 people last year. That’s good, but it’s only a start when you realize at least 8 million people in Illinois do not know Jesus Christ.

At the heart of it, Mission Illinois is about sharing the Gospel with lost people. Ultimately, it comes down to one person telling another person about Jesus. That’s why IBSA’s evangelism director Tim Sadler created Choose2, a prayer strategy that helps people and churches make evangelism a priority.

When we told Mindy Burwell’s story last year, she was one of two people her pastor’s wife, Vicki Hayes, was praying for. Since then, Mindy’s salvation has been part of a chain leading almost a dozen people in three states to faith – all because one person committed to pray twice a day for two lost friends.

Read: Jonah 3:5-10; John 4:19-26

Think: When Jonah preached, the people of Nineveh believed. When Vicki shared her faith, Mindy believed. How does God use ordinary people in saving others?

Pray for the 100 missionaries supported in part by the Mission Illinois Offering. Pray for Tim Sadler and others who help share Christ.

Meredith Flynn

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.