Prayer requests


Have a prayer request or update? Share them with our church office by calling 417-967-2297 or emailing firstbaptistchurchhouston@yahoo.com

The church also operates a prayer chain ministry. Members also can subscribe to a text messaging service that sends prayer requests to members. 

Prayer Requests

Sept. 19 — MBC missionaries Jim Misloski and Brandon Moore lead a network of church revitalizers who help struggling churches find a new lease on life.  Directors of missions are part of this expanding ministry.

Moore leads the team to implement a collaborative process where churches are helped to discover customized solutions to experience revitalization.

He led a church revitalization at First Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, where the congregation was struggling with 40 in attendance.  In four years, the church doubled in size and began new ministries.  "Intentional discipleship is key," says Moore.

Directors of missions and the MBC Church Revitalization Network stand ready to help churches needing assistance.

Pray for:
Missouri Baptist churches that have plateaued or declined
Effective ministry for members of the revitalization network

Sept. 18  When senior adults enter The Baptist Home, their world is upended and they often experience anxiety.  A campus pastor at each of the four Baptist Homes in Missouri helps new residents with the transition.  He connects them back to their home churches while introducing them to worship services in their new home.

Aging is a challenge, especially for those with physical limitations, vision or hearing loss, and perhaps the loss of a spouse.  Emotions can run high.

Campus pastors preach in chapel services, lead Bible studies, pray with residents, and share the love of Christ.  As a result, residents come to experience peace, acceptance, and new opportunities for worship.

Pray for:
Residents of The Baptist Home
Campus pastors serving in four Baptist Homes across the state

Sept. 17 — When new churches are ready to launch and make their significant "next step" in ministry, church planters can request funds from MBC to provide for promotion, food, and renovations of their facilities.

Chris Ballard, pastor of Story Church, Rogersville, asked for help starting a new church last year.  MBC funding helped Chris and his congregation have a grand opening right after Easter.  They mailed flyers, catered a barbecue meal and rented inflatables for kids.  About 150 attended.  Ballard says "Thank you to Missouri Baptists" for the assistance.

Pray for:
The health of newly planted churches
Church planters like Chris Ballard

Sept. 16 — When "Mark" came to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, he was bruised, malnourished, and extremely weak.  His family had abused and neglected the 15 year old.  

Mark was hospitalized for a week.  Doctors said if he had not been removed from his family and placed with MBCH , he probably would not have survived another week.
After release from the hospital, an MBCH Treatment Care family took him into their home.  They showed him love and care in ways he had never experienced before.  He was severely underweight but has gained back substantial weight in his first month with his new family.  He is now doing well.
Pray for:
The abused and neglected entrusted to MBCH
Wisdom, patience, and compassion for Treatment Care families

Sept. 16 — Our high school principal and family were involved in a bad wreck last night.   Please lift them up in continual prayer.

Sept. 14 – Week of Prayer for Missouri Missions stated yesterday.  We'll send something to pray for each day and remember your offering to go to MMO and our Local Food Pantry Fall Harvest.  The Missouri Baptist Convention recruits seven college interns each summer to engage in disaster relief across Missouri and throughout the U.S.  Last year a student at Missouri S & T University in Rolla, was sent to assist in flood recovery in Levasy, MO.  Pray for divine appointments for next summer's Disaster Relief college interns and victims of disasters who need help-and who need the Lord.

Sept. 11 — Pray for Kaleigh 16 year old. She is Jared Scheets' niece and Bruce Scheets'  granddaughter. She along with a friend has been airlifted to Springfield following a wreck.

Sept. 7 – Pray for Andy Wells. Annie took him to ER with trouble breathing. Lift him and entire family in prayer.

Sept. 3 — Keep Robert Barnhart, Audrey and Bob's son, in your prayers.   He has a very aggressive form of prostate cancer and will begin treatments soon.  He will be traveling to Arnold, Mo., for treatments every day for 30-40 days.   Please lift him, his wife Jill and entire family up in prayer.   His address is 1020 Hawthorn if you would like to send a card.

Sept. 2 — Due to a COVID issue in our church we will not have Sunday School for the next two weeks and we will only have parking lot church.  Please pray for this issue,  and let us know if any questions.

Aug. 31 — Remember Wilburn Elmore in prayer. He is at Marty and Patti’s while the doctors determine the best course of treatment. Mail cards to Wilburn at 12 Dogwood Circle, West Plains, Mo. 65775

Aug. 27 — Madge Elmore suffered a mild stroke which is what caused the  seizure she had.   It had no side effects and she is staying  with her daughter Sharon, but expects to be home in a few days.  

Aug. 26 — Please keep Kathleen Gilliland in your prayers.   Her son Bryan passed away suddenly  Please lift her and the family up in prayer.  

Aug. 26 — Pray for Madge Elmore.  She had a seizure Monday night, and was taken to a Springfield hospital for tests.   Lift her up in prayer.  

Aug. 13 — Remember Wilburn Elmore in prayer.  He will begin special treatments for a health issue soon.  Lift this wonderful man up in prayer daily.  

Aug. 6 — Continue to remember Madge Elmore in prayer.   She is in TCMH with continuing health issues and having test run.  Lift her and family up in prayer.  

Aug. 5 — Remember Mike Walker and family in prayer at the passing of Mike's father.  Funeral service is tomorrow, August 6 at 11 a.m. at Deep Water Baptist Church in Clinton, Mo.   No visitation.  

Aug. 5 — Pray for Melissa Lybyer.  She is Laura Crowley's daughter-in-law, and she is having complications from her surgery yesterday.  Please lift her up in prayer.  

Aug. 3 — Remember in prayer Melissa Lybyer.  She is Laura Crowley's daughter-in-law and is having open heart surgery tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.  Lift her in prayer.  

Let us know if you have a special prayer request.

Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God