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‘Widows’ Might’ prayer thrust for SBC causes to begin April 1

DALLAS (BP)–The Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is launching a nationwide “Widows’ Might” prayer initiative to focus on the work of Southern Baptist organizations. The prayer effort will begin on April 1.

Calling widow annuitants to prayer, O.S. Hawkins, the board’s president and chief executive officer, said, “The objective is to undergird the mission of Southern Baptists around the world.”

Drawing upon its annuitant rolls, widows are being asked to set aside time to pray daily for specific needs related to Southern Baptists’ world missions ministries, theological education ministries, Christian ethics and religious liberty ministries and facilitating ministries including the Annuity Board and the Executive Committee. Also targeted are church enrichment ministries including LifeWay Christian Resources and Woman’s Missionary Union. Missionaries, denominational workers, ministers and retired ministers are also a focus of the prayer effort.

“The widow who gave her two mites was chosen by Jesus as a model of impacting the world for good,” Hawkins said. “Through this new prayer ministry, the Widows’ Might has the potential of impacting today’s world in ways beyond our comprehension.”

“Initial response to the Widows’ Might has been inspiring,” said Frank Schwall, project coordinator. “We envision a great band of praying widows lifting up the Southern Baptist Convention’s mission in specific prayer support.”

A note from a widow in Kansas attached to a volunteer form said, “I may not be able to see, but I still have a line open to the heavenly Father.”

Another volunteer from Texas wrote, “There is little I can do to serve our Lord except to pray for those who are at work in the fields. The Widows’ Might seems to go along with a part of my present calling as I interpret God’s leadership.”

From Arkansas, a widow replied, “It will be my joy to give something back in prayer — for all you and God have given me.”

Included in the materials being sent to all volunteers are a prayer resource kit and a replica of the widow’s mite. In addition, a call to prayer sheet targeting specific prayer needs for the quarter will be sent to each volunteer.

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