Idea Exchange
To enhance our Wednesday evening prayer time, we encourage people to bring in newspaper or internet news items as prayer requests. These national and worldwide issues are of moral, ethical, and religious importance—often dealing with areas of the world where missionaries we know are serving. This ministry helps our people to become aware of God’s work around the world and gives a valid ministry to older saints who are physically limited yet are voracious readers. We request submission of the news items by Wednesday afternoon in order to staple one item to each prayer bulletin. Those who bring their news items to the prayer meeting lay them on a table for people to pick up with the prayer bulletin. During prayer request time, people tell about their news items. Since I may be more aware of missions’ implications, I can expand the news items to become prayer items. This small exercise helps people to become more outwardly focused in their Christian lives. It also encourages me, as their pastor, to be aware of current world events and pray about the implications as related to the Lord’s work.

Don Workman, Pastor
Faith Baptist Church
Streetsboro, Ohio