Tommy and Elizabeth Stevens are among eight missionaries or missionary couples featured during each day of the March 2-9 Week of Prayer for North American Missions. Please remember to pray for them and all of the more than 5,000 missionaries serving in the United States and Canada. Other featured missionaries include:
Aias and Gecina De Souza serve in Mobile, Ala., where Aias is director of the International Seamen's Center in the port of Mobile and language missions director for the Mobile Baptist Association. His mission is twofold: ministering to seafarers while gaining an opportunity to share Christ and help them grow in their faith, as well as waking local volunteers to the excitement of helping reach the world with the gospel. The De Souzas, natives of Brazil, have served in Mobile since 1979.
Norman and Debbie Cannada serve in Charleston, W.V., where Norman is a church planter in a depressed area where "rural Appalachia meets the inner city." The Cannadas were first called to inner-city missions working with fellow Week of Prayer missionaries Taylor and Susan Field in New York. While Charleston isn't a large city, the area where the Cannadas serve is home to drug addicts, prostitutes, and others who desperately need Christ.
Don Conley, who works to start African-American churches in California, leads by example from the San Diego congregation where he serves as pastor. In the past nine years, Conley's church — Encanto Southern Baptist Church — has planted eight additional congregations, with more in planning stages.
Ron and Alpha Goombi (pronounced GOOM-bye) serve in Omaha, Neb., where Ron is director of the Omaha Baptist Center — working with a variety of ethnic groups at the center and sponsoring outreach work on three Indian reservations. Native Americans themselves, they can identify with that culture and its unique needs. Most importantly, their testimonies reveal how Christ can transform any life. That has particular meaning for Alpha, who was introduced to Christ by a Southern Baptist missionary.
Taylor and Susan Field reach out to New York's down-and-out and up-and-coming. Taylor directs the Graffiti Baptist Center, where twenty-six ministries reach people who are often rejected by others but embraced by Christ. As student evangelism missionary, Susan Field reaches out to students at schools that have historically produced some of the top national and world leaders.
Bobby and Gayle Pruett serve in Boulder, Colo., where Bobby is a student evangelism missionary at the University of Colorado. Known for its diversity of spiritual beliefs and general anti-Christian sentiment, the University of Colorado is a challenging — but not impossible — mission field.
Walter and Sharon Mickels serve in Dallas, Texas, where Walter is a national missionary who helps to work out logistics for World Changers projects. World Changers involves students in rehabilitating substandard housing while teaching key principles of evangelism and discipleship. Hundreds find Christ through their influence, and many participants respond to God's call on their own lives.