Welcome! You have been invited to follow this blog by either a student or leader of Salem First Baptist's Student Ministries. We are so glad you are here! It has been on our heart to have God move through our students in a big way, and we know that the main way to get that done is by having a body of believers praying for us constantly. Our goal with this blog is to keep you informed and up-to-date on prayer requests we have within our ministry, whether they be from an individual student or from the group as a whole. We want to thank you for your willingness to pray for us and the work God is already doing within the lives of our students.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

We had our last mid-week meetings for Thrive and Fusion this week. We ended the year with a celebration! One girl put her faith in Jesus at H20, so we got to celebrate her putting her light bulb into the wall!

Pray for August, as we as a leadership team take time off to recharge and rest for the upcoming school year. Pray for Pastor Brian and Pastor Patrick as they work on the teaching schedules and events coming up, that the Lord would be leading them. Pray for the upcoming school year, and for the students that will be coming. Pray for our students, that they would not be idle during this month, that even though we don't have our mid-week meetings they would still be challenged and be growing in their walk with the Lord.

For Our Ministry
Pray that student-leader relationships would grow as they do life together to mature in and for the glory of Christ.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- My friend just left for Columbia to be a missionary teacher. Pray for her safety.
- That I will spend more time with God.
- That I will have patience in waiting and trust in God's timing.
- Help me focus on God.
- Pray for me to find intentional time in the mornings over this month; to trust God in my sadness.

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.


Tristan
Sammie
Jacob
Alex
Paul
Zoe
Nathan

Friday, July 8, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we continued our series on friends - mainly focusing on how can I help my friends in their relationships with God? Pray as our students spur on their Christian friends, that it would grow their relationships deeper. Pray for accountability to happen. Pray that they will risk speaking truth to their friends in love. Pray they have Proverbs 27:17 friendships, that they are able to sharpen each other.

For Our Ministry
Pray that our students and leaders would experience the joy of Christ as they worship Him in word and deed. Pray that with thanksgiving in our hearts we would reflect Jesus in all we say and do.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- Pray for our family as we get ready to move to another country. Pray for safe travels.
- I have really low self - esteem. Pray that I can see myself the way God does.
- I have a friend who has questions about God and homosexuality. Pray I can answer her questions well.
- Pray I can grow in my relationship with Christ.
- That people in my life would get along.

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.


Riley

Anna
Noah
Ben
Andrew
Valerie
Megan

Friday, July 1, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

We continued this week with our series on Friendship - this week we focused on choosing friends. Pray that as our students wrestle with their friendships that it will be made known to them who in their life is leading them down paths that might not be good. Pray that they choose friends who will encourage them and challenge them to make wise decisions.

For Our Ministry
Pray that the light of the church and the heart of the family would continually come together to reach and raise the next generation in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
 - I’m working on giving God my life and trusting Him complete and always.
 I’m not sure I’ve just been irritated lately and caught up in things a lot from my past and they are affecting me. I just feel a bit lost at the moment.
- Pray for my relationship with God and that I’ll make new friends and be bold to tell my friends and family about Christ.
- Pray that my relationships with others would be purposeful, that I would have Christ-like attitude among them.

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.

Abby
Andrew
Mia
Jeremiah
Valerie
Bre
Paul

Friday, June 24, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we started a new series call "Squad" which focuses on friendship. We took a look into the lives and friendship of Jonathon and David. Pray that our students would be sensitive to God's leading in their lives regarding friendships. Pray that He will strengthen those friendships that need to be strengthened. Pray also for the new 6th graders and freshman who have just joined our groups, that they would feel at home and welcome in their new youth groups.

For Our Ministry
Please continue to pray for our Dominican Republic Team! They still have a couple more days in the DR. Pray for health, safety, unity, and that God would do mighty things in them and through them!

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
 – For my words to be God’s. For me to have lots of good conversations.
– Pray that I will be able to find out who I really am.
- Pray that I would have a selfless attitude and that I would think of others before myself. 
- Pray for strength and encouragement to be a man of God 
STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:Below is the list of our students and leaders serving in the Dominican Republic. Please take a moment to pray for each one by name.

Armando

Phil
Allie
Maddy
Liz
Hope
Rachel
Debbie
Brian

Friday, June 17, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we ended our series "Ask It" and we focused on making decisions. Our students were challenged to open their hands to God and choose Him for themselves, making their faith their own. Pray that as they wrestle with this decision, God would guide them. Pray that they seek out wisdom. Pray that as they continue to ask this question: In light of my past experience, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what’s the wise thing for me to do? They will continue to surrender themselves to the Author of wisdom will determine what they will actually do.

For Our Ministry
Tomorrow Pastor Brian, Debbie Smith and a team of 7 students are headed to the Dominican Republic! Please pray for them as them - pray for safety, health, that all their luggage meets them there, that God will go before them and prepare the hearts of the kids who they will be reaching through VBS, and pray for unity for the team. Pray that their relationships with the Lord will grow and be challenged and that God will reveal Himself to them in mighty ways. They will be gone June 18th-28th!  

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- Help with my words. Help with sin and attitude.
- Growing more in Christ. Things with my mom continue to go well. Relationships continue to have God first so it can work out well.
- I would like to pray for a better relationship with God and live my life for God.
- I feel like I know of Jesus, but I don’t know Him.

 
 
STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.


Joey

Brittany
Paul
Jacob
Sierra
Janely
Hannah
Lily

Friday, June 10, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This last week we focused on "harmless distractions". Pray as our students go in to the summer, they will be making small investments in their walk with the Lord. Pray against distractions. Pray for them, that if there are things in their life they need to say no to, they would have the strength and courage to do so. Pray for health habits to be made and kept this summer, that as they have more free time, they would start making consistent "deposits" of time into things that matter.

For Our Ministry
Pray that student-leader relationships would grow as they do life together to mature in and for the glory of Christ.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- I pray that some friends of my family would find God's peace.
- Graduation, moving out, going to college

- Temptation. Confidence in sharing the Gospel. 
- That I can use my summer to serve God.
- Pray that I can stay dedicated to my goals and not be discouraged. 

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.


Alaina

Melissa
Brandon
Kaeleb
Roberto
Jacob
Valerie

Friday, June 3, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we continued in our series "Ask It". We talked about the difference between being Simple (lacking experience), Foolish (knowing, but not caring) and a Mocker (critical of those who do right). Pray that as our students identify with one of these three categories, God will be moving in them, revealing new things to them and showing them His wisdom. Pray our students continue to ask themselves "what is the wise thing to do?". Pray that in spite of their past experiences, current circumstances or future hopes and dream, they will continue to ask that question.

For Our Ministry
Pray that students and leaders would depend on prayer for their direction, life, and purpose, that apart from Him we can do nothing. Pray we would boldly come to the throne of grace to seek God to do more then we could possibly ask or imagine. Pray that we would trust God is good, hears us, and responds.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- As a senior there is so much stuff going on to prepare us for the future. I feel like there is no way to be fully prepared which is scary for me. I need prayer that I trust God’s plan for my future, that I live in the moment and follow God’s plan for me.
- God’s guidance, the gift of evangelism, a more servant attitude, protection from the evil one.
- End of senior year is coming and I have to make some difficult decisions about college and other things. Recently received some hard news and I am having a hard time processing it.
- Get through finals. Pass all of my classes. Influence my friends to attend Thrive. 
- That I can love myself through the pain and negativity. Trusting certain people. Closer relationship to God. Pray that the people who are with me never leave me.

 
 
STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
This is a list of our seniors graduating high school this week and next. Take a couple minutes to pray over them, as they end their high school careers and their time with us in Thrive. Pray for their futures, that they will continue to love and serve the Lord no matter what comes.

Julissa Amador
Bree Anderson
Hannah Calkins
Jordan Campbell-Reyna
Ashley Champagne
Chad Fast
Ryan Ferries
Elizabeth Ford
Sabrina MacLaughlan
Jacy Martin
Andrew Patterson
Fatima Preciado
Gabby Simpson
Holly Smith
Philip Smith
Madisyn Sperling