Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists — June 26, 2024

An SBC Recap from David Johnson

Executive Director David Johnson shares the highlights from the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, which was held June 11-12 in Indianapolis.

SBC WRAP-UP: SBC officer elections feature many candidates, several runoff contests

A crowded field of candidates led to numerous runoff elections at the SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis. After two runoffs, North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley was named president. Pressley is senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church near Charlotte.

Southern Baptist messengers failed to reach the required second two-thirds approval for what has become known as the Law amendment. The amendment would have defined a cooperating church as one that “affirms, appoints, or employs only men as any kind of pastor or elder as qualified by Scripture.”

The messengers were moved to joy and tears as 83 new missionaries were commissioned to go to every affinity of the world where the International Mission Board works today. 

There were a total of 10,946 messengers, 3,132 guests and 2,740 exhibitors for the meeting. Total attendance was 16,818.

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Arizona Southern Baptists on stage for Indianapolis events

Rezwana Derbyshire, a member of Apollo Baptist Church in Glendale, sings her song "Suitcase" at the International Mission Board dinner attended by more than 2,000 people on June 10. Cowritten with Shell McGovern, the song — available on popular streaming music services — is about the heart of a Christian who is called by God to move to a new place for the sake of His name. The chorus says, "Here I am. Here I stand. Where you call, you have my yes and amen. I will go where you send. Here I am, Suitcase in hand." (IMB Photo)

Dillon Le (second from left), pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church in Phoenix, participates in a panel discussion on the CP Stage in the exhibit hall during the SBC annual meeting June 12. Le joined fellow pastors (from left) Hyung Le, Terrence Shay and John Paul Arceno — all leaders in the SBC Asian NextGen Pastors Network — to discuss "Developing Leaders for the 21st Century Asian American Church."

Whitney Clayton, pastor of Living Stone Community Church in Mesa, served as stage manager for the CP Stage throughout the annual meeting.

Debbie Yee, wife of Stephen Yee, English pastor of Northwest Chinese Baptist Church in Phoenix, was part of a panel discussion on family discipleship during the Asian NextGen Pastors Network luncheon on June 10.

Josue Castro, AZMN Hispanic Ministries facilitator and pastor of Tierra Fertil in Yuma, plays keyboard with musicians from several states during a celebration dinner of the National Hispanic Baptist Network in Indianapolis June 9.

After months of preparation, Northwest Chinese in Phoenix sees gospel responses at evangelistic concert

The “God without impossibilities” brought famous Taiwanese performer Huang Kuo-Lun’s evangelistic concert to Phoenix June 9, and before the event was over, more than 70 attendees made a profession of faith in Jesus. Another 50 or more rededicated their lives to following God’s ways.

“It was just amazing. If you were there you would be really touched,” said Dennis Peng, who coordinated a crew of more than 60 volunteers from Northwest Chinese Baptist Church in Phoenix for the event. “Asian people usually are much more reserved. They were raising their hands and coming forward to the stage. Mr. Huang asked them to bow down and they did that too.”

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'Goodness, gladness and strength': Pastor remembers fallen Scottsdale detective

The Arizona Republic reported on June 22, "Brian Bowman has preached at a number of funerals as the lead pastor for Valley Life Church. On Thursday, he preached at the funeral for a man he said he loves like a brother: Scottsdale police Detective Ryan So."

So, an active member of Valley Life for eight years, died June 13 after sustaining duty-related injuries. 

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Arizonans elected to SBC trustee, committee posts

Five Arizonans were elected or reelected as trustees of Southern Baptist Convention institutions during the SBC annual meeting June 11-12 in Indianapolis. Three others were elected as members of SBC committees. These join five Arizona Southern Baptists already serving as trustees of an SBC institution.

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Pray for Zona Camp

Zona kicked off on Monday at California Baptist University with about 800 students, 40 college crew and a total of 1,100 people on campus for the camp, which ends on Friday morning. Pray for the students there to sense God's leading in their lives as they are revived by His Word, learn to be leaders in their churches and communities, and serve the community through missions. Pray that campers and leaders will remain healthy and that leaders will have patience and endurance as they serve. 

Pastors & Wives Retreat

July 11-13, The Wigwam Resort

Official registration is closed, but limited space is still available. Cost: $245. Scholarships may be available. Email Jessica Barker at the AZMN office to register.

Unity Conference

Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Yuma

The annual Unity Conference is an event of AZMN Hispanic Ministries that engages young people and invites them to be the Church. The event is hosted by Tierra Fertil in Yuma.

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Caleb & Tricianne Spacht

June 23-29

Commissioned and sent to France in 2023, Caleb and Tricianne, along with their two daughters, are living in Paris. Once they complete their language training, their primary focus of ministry will be sharing the gospel with French-speaking Parisians. The team of 12 IMB missionaries they serve with are eagerly anticipating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host and organize a large number of evangelistic events when the Summer Olympics come to Paris in 2024. All are asking God to use the Olympics as a powerful tool for connections, evangelism, church strengthening and church planting. The Spachts were sent out from Happy Valley Baptist Church, Glendale.

How to Pray:

  • For needed resources connected to their evangelism efforts at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
  • That they continue to make progress in their language training and find “persons of peace” in their neighborhood.

Serving in Central Asia

June 30-July 6

Most Central Asian believers are first-generation Christians. Only a handful have known Jesus for more than 30 years. There are over 400 million Central Asians spread across 10 countries, and they comprise 386 people groups. Of these, 39% do not have any church-planting efforts among them. Islam is the predominant religion in Central Asia. Many who choose to follow Jesus are persecuted for betraying their former faith, family and traditions. Central Asians are experiencing deep grief and are suffering as a result of war, repressive laws and natural disaster. But God is at work in these countries, oftentimes opening the door for gospel presentations through partnerships with nationals and opportunities to work alongside them through Send Relief projects, such as the digging of wells for clean water.

How to Pray:

  • A movement of the Holy Spirit to bring Muslims to Christ.
  • For future and continued involvement with local believers.
  • For continued opportunities for humanitarian projects in order to tangibly demonstrate the love of Christ to local people.

Learn More and Share

These prayer profiles are excerpted from the 2024 Missions Prayer Guide, which features Arizonans whose ministries in our state and overseas are supported by your church's gifts through the Cooperative Program. Read more about the individuals and share with your church by downloading bulletin inserts and presentation slides here.

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