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, December 1, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we started our Christmas series called "Light of the World". The Christmas season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But for a lot of our students, it's complicated. It's a time of year that surfaces family tensions, unmet expectations, and the pain of absent parents or guardians. Pray as our students refocus on the true meaning of Christmas that they will not be distracted. Pray that if this is a complicated season for them, that they would be able to live in the truth that Jesus is the light and life that overcomes darkness.


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:
- That I will not regress in my faith and that my relationship with Christ will be strengthened through hard times.
- Good grades, help with relationships with family and friends, help with peer pressure, help me not listen to insults or worldly influence.
- My mom for strength and an open heart to be able to forgive. My dad for understanding and to be able to see his wrongs. My brother for a craving for God and his family.
- I pray for strength. I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and I am scared I will never to be able to deal with it without my medication.
- I really need strength to finish the school year well. I feel bogged down and worn out. I need to find time to spend with God and do other important things. Also, please pray for my friends who aren’t living for God – Jessica, Madisen, and Becka.
- Dealing with depression, health problems, PTSD and flashbacks and a lot of pain.

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

Conner
Jaden
Raina
Abby
Gabe
Mia
Brady




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we do not have Thrive or Fusion on account of Thanksgiving. A lot of our kids don't necessary enjoy breaks like this because their home life isn't good. Pray during this Thanksgiving holiday that students will be wrapped in love and peace, even when their home life might be filled with turmoil. Pray that as their families unite that it would be a good time of fellowship and celebration for them. Pray for safety for those who are traveling.

Angel Tree
This year our Thrive students and leaders are participating in Angel Tree. We have committed to purchasing gifts for 10 high school students. Pray that as we see students give money to this ministry, they will see the ripple affect of their giving. Pray they felt led to give.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- I want to be able to have a good prayer life and continuous conversation with God.
- Help me control my temper. Help me to lead my girlfriend to Christ.
- I pray for a heart of gold that I can follow God’s own heart. For my parents to restore their relationship. For my grandfather to overcome the sorrow of the impending death of my grandma. I pray for a spirit to help me spread the Gospel. Better focus to study for school. Pray to overcome these lust of sexual feelings I have, for they distract me from the heart of God.
- That I would listen to the Holy Spirit instead of suppress Him. That my mom would have people in the church who would see her, ask her how she’s doing and support her. That the Holy Spirit would guide me as I take the SAT. That certain things in my life, my mom’s, and my brother’s lives would be bought back and given to us by God. That I will believe and trust God.
- I pray for confidence at work and at school and for peace. I have been feeling really anxious and have had a hard time being myself. Also prayer for my family in general.
- Prayer would be nice for making decisions for my future and what to do with my life. That the SAT’s go well. Pray for relationships in general.

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

Trisha
Harley
Logan
Grant
Paige
Rylee
David

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

We finished our last week in our series "Boulevard" and we wrapped up the series with a challenge - will you follow Jesus even if it costs you something? Pray that as our students wrestle with this, they see that following Jesus is worth it. Pray that as they would not be a consumer, but a follower. Pray they see that their soul is worth much more than this world.

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:
- Allow my friend Robert to become a follow of Christ.
- Pray for my mom to get saved.
- That I’d be able to rely on God more throughout the year. That I’d be able to see myself the way God sees me. That I can bring my friend Alyssa to Thrive.
- For my mom for strength and forgiveness. For my brother for direction and a desire to seek God. For my dad for a new life with God.
- Recently, I have made some poor choices and I have had to confront those problems. It has been hard and I need the strength to move on from these issues.
- Sunday was like the worst day of my life and I don’t know why. I told my mom I think I have anxiety and depression and I have to explain to her why.


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


Jackson
Alexia
Winn
Kaylee
Michael
Hope
Kyler

Thursday, November 10, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we continued with our series "Boulevard". This week we focused on people in our lives that are difficult to love. Pray that our students are able to clothe themselves in patience, gentleness, kindness, compassion, humility, forgiveness, and love. Pray they see this kind of faith is powerful, and that this faith makes a difference in the world.

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:
- Pray that my mom and step dad except Christ.
- Good grades, a good school year, and a non-stressful school year.
- Please pray that as I work closely with friends who don’t share my beliefs, I would be able to say/do what I know is right, but still be accepting and loving towards them. I’m really stressed about school right now, please pray that I can have peace.
- Please pray that I will stay faithful and loyal to God as the next four months I won’t be able to come to Thrive. Also that I will stay on top of homework, tests and grades.


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


Trisha
Cameron
Abigail
Daniel
Addison
David
Kailey

Thursday, November 3, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we started a 3-week evangelism series called Boulevard - which will teach students the importance of being a “boulevard” or road that connects their friends to Jesus. Pray our students are able to meet their friends with God’s love, not condemnation, to their situation. Pray as students interact with their friends who need to know Jesus, they will have opportunities to pray for them and invite them to Thrive.

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
- Prayer to help my dad and mom talk about their differences.
- Pray for my sister please, she’s getting an MRI since she’s been having a lot of headaches.
- Pray for my friend Elizabeth to accept Christ and for her to come to Thrive.
- That I will be aware when God is speaking and that I will be able to focus on my school.
- Being able to be confident enough to being someone to Thrive.


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


Meredith
Daniel
Aurora
Etai
Alaina
Caleb

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

The past couple of weeks have been filled with retreats! At the Fusion retreat, we saw 5 students come to know Christ! Pray for those students, that they will continue to get plugged in and will continue to grow in their new faith! At the Thrive retreat, we had a very special "Say So" at the end of the weekend, we saw a lot of students be honest with what God is teaching them, as they wrestle with believing just how much He loves them. Pray that our students would be able to see and feel how much their Heavenly Father loves them. Pray against the enemy and his lies that he tells our students.

This week during youth group we have been focusing on who God says we are and why we should believe that, and act out of that.

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:
- Help me do well in school. Fix problems at home.
- Pray for calm during my busy schedule. To see my brother more. For my mom.
- School – that I will continue to work hard. Wisdom in the decisions I make.
- I need prayer for what college to go to and getting scholarships to.
- My shoulder and neck to heal quick from car accident.

SUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.
Courtney
Brenden
Madi
Marcus
Ethan
Jacob
Josie

Thursday, September 29, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we ended our series "Tough as Nails" -  Pray that as students see how fearless Jesus was that they would be challenged and find courage to act fearless as well; in their families, in their schools, and in their communities. Pray that when God lays something on their heart, they would act boldly. Pray they see that Jesus isn’t finished changing the world. That He is calling on each one of them to follow him.

For Our Ministry
Pray that the Gospel is proclaimed boldly, clearly, and often. Pray that the good news of God’s grace would be received and trusted. Pray for revival to come to Fusion and Thrive.  

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- For school to go well. For sports to go well. To help me put Jesus first.
- To make new friends at my new school and get good grades.
- Excellence in school work. Closer relationship with God.
- My family and myself have been through a lot of emotional hurt for years but it’s really been staring to hit me now. I would ask for prayer against my own bitterness and judgement and also for healing.
- Help with stress and time management with my job and school.
- My mom got custody and temporary visitation rights. Pray that my mom gets full visitation, not just temporary.


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


Georgia
Ellie
Taylor
Victoria
Drew
Paul
Cooper