MIO Devotions: Day 5 Across the State

Lisa Misner —  September 17, 2015

This is the Week of Prayer for the Mission Illinois Offering. Pray for our missionaries and that we will reach the $475,000 statewide offering goal.

Chicago isn’t the only place in need of more churches. New churches are effective at reaching new people, but the work is challenging: Muslims now outnumber Southern Baptists in Illinois.

Nearly 1 million people live in Metro East St. Louis, but in the region there’s only one Southern Baptist church for every 7,889 residents. The state’s northern region has 10 counties with no IBSA church.

Pray: Ask God to call more Illinois leaders into church planting, and surround them with partnering churches to encourage and support their work.

Pray for Van Kicklighter as he leads IBSA’s Church Planting Team, and for church planting facilitators Charles Campbell (Southern Illinois), Eddie Pullen (Metro East) and John Mattingly (Northwest Illinois).

Take time to pray today

Mission Illinois Offering – Against All Odds

Learn more about the Mission Illinois Offering at IBSA.org/mio. #mio2015

Lisa Misner


Lisa is IBSA Social Media/Public Policy Manager. A Missouri native, she earned a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois. Her writing has received awards from the Baptist Communicators Association and the Evangelical Press Association.