We know that our six Southern Baptist seminaries are important because they prepare pastors and missionaries for lifetimes of ministry. That's why our church supports them through our Cooperative Program giving and that helps keep tuition low.
Today we want to pray for one of the graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is in Louisville, Kentucky.
After John Folmar graduated from Southern he served for several years with a church in Washington, DC. Then in 2005 he made a big move - about 7,300 miles away, in fact. He became pastor of the United Christian Church in Dubai (say DUE-bye), a city in the Middle East that is located beside the Persian Gulf. It is part of the United Arab Emirates.
The church's members include people from more than 50 nations, people who have come to live and work in Dubai. The main religion in Dubai, of course, is Islam. So serving here presents many legal concerns and restrictions. But John tells the church that the worst thing that could happen would be that their Christian witness have no impact on local people.
Let's pray now that God would keep John safe for continued service, because he is in a place where the Gospel is desperately needed. Let's ask God to bless this church for the same reason.