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You may or may not remember last June when I became your preacher, I asked you to pray for me every day, because I would be as good of a preacher as you prayed for me to be. Today I ask you to extend those same prayers to my new ministry partner, Dakota Thornton. I urge you to pray for Dakota daily. Pray for his wife and daughter, Ashlyn and Naomi. Pray for his wisdom and discernment. Pray for his spiritual strength and perseverance.

I believe that the amazing work God is doing in our church family is directly connected to prayer, so below are some things I ask you to pray or continue praying for Mandarin:

Pray for our elders and wives: Richard and Ginny Dostie, David and Mary Frost, Chip and Cheryl McGehee, Tom and Jill McTighe, and Dan and Shirley Nix. Pray for our deacons and wives: Mike and Stephanie Bennett, Gary and Miriam Eaton, Larry and Della Faulkner, Mike and Vanessa Lankford, Jerry and Kathy Melton, and Joey and Meghann Sikes.

Pray for our office manager, Gail Coles, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Lori Gallaher, our ministry leaders, our teachers, and everyone who puts their hand to our mission of working together to guide people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

Pray that God will open our eyes to see where He’s moving and what He’s doing so that we might join Him in His work. Finally, I ask that you pray over these words of Paul in Ephesians 3: 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (NLT)

Mike Johnson
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