By John Kyle, LBC Communications
ALEXANDRIA, La. (LBC) – “I would like to know that I am not lost and will be forgiven,” Breaux Bridge, LA
“I believe there is a God, but I need help really feeling He is there,” Hammond, LA
“I prayed that prayer and started crying,” Belle Chase, LA
Quotes along the lines of those above are received on a regular basis in response to Louisiana Baptists’ multi-media outreach strategy, “Here for You,” according to Louisiana Baptist Communication Director John Kyle.
“We receive a monthly report from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association outlining responses 25,000 views of the Gospel presentation and more than 4,100 people have indicated a decision for Christ since 2019. There have also been over 1,400 searches for area churches through HereforYou.org.
Individuals visiting the website have the opportunity to share prayer requests.”
Recent requests include:
“… I pray for healing release and deliverance from current and past traumas …”
“ … I’m going through a really tough time. My husband of 10 years wants a divorce for no specific reason. … Please pray over us …”
“I have been having health issues … I’ve lost my job, including my insurance … I can use all of the prayers for healing and that the doctors will know how to treat me …”
Every prayer request received is forwarded to a “Here for You” prayer volunteer who prays specifically for the request.
“We currently have 160 people who have committed to pray for those submitting requests,” continued Kyle. “We also send a quarterly prayer reminder updating our prayer volunteers on the progress of our media outreach strategy.”
Those interested in praying for people requesting prayer are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle urges Louisiana Baptists to pray for the seeds of God’s truth being scattered across the state through the Here for You campaign.
“God promises some of those seeds find good soil,” he noted. “And those seeds that find the good soil produce a harvest for the churches to gather.”
In addition to praying, Kyle said churches should consider a “go” plan. “How are you going to ‘go’ to the people God is preparing for harvest?” he continued. “Jesus promises the harvest is plentiful, but He never said it would be delivered. It has to be gathered.”
Supported through the Georgia Barnette Louisiana Missions Offering, the goal of the Here for You is to direct people to the Gospel and to the church. Churches are encouraged to visit LouisianaBaptists.org/hereforyou to discover ways they can let their communities know they’re behind this effort.