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    Pray first pray always!When the apostle Paul wrote about putting on the full armor of God in Ephesians chapter four, he concluded by calling us to intercessory prayer. Paul understood the reality of spiritual warfare firsthand. He instructed us to see our struggle as a battle against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Read again the imperative voice he used to call the church to action:

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can stand strong against the devils schemes (Eph. 4:10-11).

    His admonitions about the nature of Gods armor conclude with the necessity of continual Spirit-filled intercession. Here is how he described prayer that defeats the enemys schemes and attacks:

    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lords people (Eph. 4:18).

    In our movement we like to say, Pray first. We should also hear the urgency of Pauls words and say, Pray always! n Always in the mighty power of Gods Spirit. n Always making every occasion an opportunity to intercede. n Always alert to the devils schemes, as we pray with all kinds of prayer. n Always standing guard over all the saints.

    Dee and I have felt humbled and grateful for the power of your prayers on our behalf. We urge you to use this prayer calendar to cover the servants and ministries of Converge with protective prayers. Every person you see in this calendar needs and counts on your intercession. So much is at stake and the spiritual opposition is real and constant. This is true for your lives and your church family as well. Thank you for joining us in championing the priority of prayer in all of our circles of influence. We know how the battle ends and we stand together in Christs triumph. In his grace and peace,

    Jerry Sheveland President Converge Worldwide (BGC)

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  • Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.... Col. 4:2-3

    chaplainsn Wisdom and discernment in

    providing pastoral care to people of all religious backgrounds.

    n opportunities to share Jesus christ in appropriate ways.

    n Physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of chaplains and their families.

    n Protection in locations where they serve.

    n the joy of seeing great spiritual fruit.

    converge staffn Hearts aligned with gods work

    through converge.n resources and abilities necessary

    to serve with joy and efficiency.n Healthy relationships and unity

    among co-workers.n spiritual encouragement through

    greater intimacy with christ and each other.

    n affirming relationships with pastors and churches throughout converge.

    missionaries*n Wisdom and direction to multiply

    transformational churches all around the world.

    n financial and prayer support to sustain the ministry.

    n adaptation to culture and living situations.

    n Healthy relationships in family and ministry.

    n Encouragement and support from friends and churches.

    church plantersn faith to trust god in the

    adventure of launching a church.n Wisdom for each critical step

    and faithfulness to the vision.n Provision for family, both

    financially and spiritually.n favor in connections and

    relationships in the community.n More church planters to partner

    with converge (Matt. 9:38).

    executive ministersn discernment and wisdom as they

    encourage and interact with pastors in their districts.

    n financial provision to operate and staff their offices and church planting.

    n Joy and unity as our districts serve one another.

    n gods blessing and protection over their families.

    n a greater movement of prayer and spiritual health in converge churches.

    things to pray for

    *For the most recent update from missionaries, go to[insert the number under their name].

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    code keyn church planters

    n missionaries

    n chaplains

    n converge staff

    n executive ministers

    n ministry partners

    For their protection, high- security-zone workers are listed by ID number or partial name.

    Brenda SalleeInternational MinistriesOrlando, Fla.

    Jeff & Heidi GaussMinnesota iowaEpiphany StationThief River Falls, Minn.

    Teresa ColsonPresidents OfficeOrlando, Fla.

    Gabe DeSotoCommunications Orlando, Fla.

    Tania M.174605Ukraine

    Church Planter Assessment CenterLifeBridge ChurchSan Diego, Calif.(through January 25)


    Transform 2013 Network GatheringsHyatt RegencyGarden Grove, Calif.(through January 31)


    Converge prayer & fasting


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    Lawrence KittleReserve, Capt., U.S. Air ForceLuke AFB, Ariz.


    Steven EddyReserve, Lt. Col., U.S. Army Mountain View, Calif.



    Teddy & Mary AwadsoUtHeastGrace Compass Church St. Petersburg, Fla.


    Steve &Debra Rowe93981Brazil



    Luis &Lilla FlorianoPaCwestIglesia GraciaTracy, Calif.



    contact us 800-323-4215 Converge Worldwide

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    Mark & Acacia Bergin MidaMeriCaThe Painted DoorChicago, Ill.

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    Tim & Amy Moline180347Cameroon



    Philip RidleyActive, Lt., U.S. NavyUSS San Diego LPD 22, Calif.


    Jeremy & Kimi CopelandMidatlantiCStory ChurchDurham, N.C.

    Paul & Margie Varberg43379Philippines


    John & Kris NewmansoUtHeastNew Hope FellowshipLafayette, La.


    Bobby & Rachel MarchessaultPaCwestMissio Dei CommunitySanta Cruz, Calif.


    Richard Bergstrom2nd 1/2 Ministries Lake Forest Park, Wash.


    Missionary 185752Europe


    Gerald SwansonScripps Mercy HospitalSan Diego, Calif.


    Ellie Lundquist180477Brazil


    Jeff &Stephanie GarzasoUtHeastLifes Journey ChurchZachary, La.


    Ruel &Eve NavarroMidatlantiCChesapeake, Va.


    Cathy Wenz154940 Thailand


    Jonathan GoertzOdyssey HealthCareWilmington, Del.


    David & Lindsey SornMinnesota iowaRenovation ChurchBlaine, Minn.


    Becky O.13305Ethiopia



    Joel & Leslie SmithPaCwestBridge Community ChurchRedding, Calif.


    contact us 800-323-4215 Converge Worldwide


  • sunday monday tuesday

    code keyn church planters

    n missionaries

    n chaplains

    n converge staff

    n executive ministers

    n ministry partners

    For their protection, high- security-zone workers are listed by ID number or partial name.

    Mark ThompsonReserve, Capt., U.S. ArmyFt. Snelling, Minn.

    Laura FishCornerstone Fund Arlington Heights, Ill.

    Gene SelanderChurch PlantingDenver, Colo.

    Converge church plantingin Africa Converge prayer & fasting


    Jami Strandberg152974Mexico


    Steve & Nopaluck Cable108739Thailand


    Abel & Cecy GurrolasoUtHwestIglesia VidaChandler, Ariz.


    John & Polly BlythesoUtHeastLiving Hope ChurchMobile, Ala.


    J. Charles ParkerNorthwest Arkansas Radiation Treatment InstituteSpringdale, Ark.


    Dana OlsonPrayer FirstVolunteerSioux Falls, S.D.


    Loren & Carrie PankratzroCky MoUntainThe Bridge CommunityCenterville, Utah


    spirituallyDYnAMiCWe glorify God in all we do, trusting in the authority of his Word, the sufficiency of his