Prayer Warriors Needed

March 27, 2015



Our Special Friends ministry has a LOT going on this year as we strive to BE the church out in our community!  Let me share with you some of the things that we are doing to increase the awareness in Orlando that First Baptist Orlando is a place of welcome for kids, teens, and adults with special needs…and their families.

  • We’re working towards First Baptist Orlando becoming a Vocational Training site for adults with disabilities.  If this happens, we’ll have adults with disabilities working side-by-side with our Housekeeping staff helping to set up rooms for special events and maintaining our facilities.  What better way to connect with our disability community and build a bridge to First Baptist Orlando and Jesus Christ!
  • We’re in the process of collaborating with a special needs agency in town, Go OCA, and figuring out how we can help them serve their 200+ special needs families thru after school programs, social events, and special needs camps.  Showing up in our community and serving these kids and their families will provide tangible evidence that First Baptist Orlando has a passion for kids with special needs too!
  • We’re in the process of collaborating with another special needs agency, Quest Inc., to visit 3 additional special needs adult group homes each month and provide fun activities and friendships.  Last year, when we did this at The Russell Home it resulted in First Baptist Orlando planting the Gospel, a Home Life Group, that meets every week to learn about God.  We want to plant the Gospel on 3 more homes this year!

Here’s where I need your help right now:  prayer.

Prayer must undergird and serve as a foundation for everything we do as we strive to share the Good News with the special needs community here in Orlando.  I’m asking you to be part of our prayer network because I know that you have a passion for people, a passion to serve, and a passion to see others come to Christ.

I’m asking you to give our Special Friends ministry two-minutes of your prayer time each day.  Two-minutes a day doesn’t sound like much but it’s approximately 15-minutes a week…one hour a month.  Multiply one hour a month times 15 more people in our prayer network and that’s 15 solid hours of prayer for our ministry each month.  That’s a lot of prayer!

Here’s what I need you to pray for:

1.  I’m asking you to ask God to send the right people to participate in these activities that I mentioned above.  People who would be willing to be His hands, His words, and His heart to a community of people who have been marginalized by our society and even many churches.

2.  I’m asking you to ask God to help us have casual conversations that will become meaningful conversations, which will eventually become spiritual conversations.  Having fun and engaging activities is wonderful!  But our goal is to lead people to the Cross.

3.  I’m asking you to ask God to identify a Person Of Peace in all three of the area I mentioned above.  A Person Of Peace is an influential person within these organizations with a web of relationships in which they invite us in to influence.  They are typically a nonChristian who’s interested in matters of faith and wants to help us succeed.  (See Paul and Lydia in Acts 16:11-15 for an example).

Will you do it?  Will you play an active role in this Special Friends prayer network as we strive to fulfill the Great Commission?

2-minutes a day X 7 days a week= making a difference for the Kingdom of God.

I believe that you are one of those people.

Call, email, or text and let me know if you’ll be part of our prayer network.

God bless and thank you for all you do.



About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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