2017 Prayer Guide

April 17 – 28, 2017

“Because God is the living God, He can hear; Because He is a loving God, He will hear; Because He is our covenant-keeper, He has bound Himself to hear.”
C. H. Spurgeon

“Here is the promise we have: our gracious God has never once refused to hear any of His children who went as far as from earth to heaven on their knees to ask Him for something.”  Michael Gott

“Work for God as if everything depended upon your work; but pray to God as if everything depended upon your prayers.”  William Booth

Here is how you can pray for the mission in Ukraine each day. First, remember the time difference – Ukraine is 8 hours ahead of Central Standard Time. At 7:00 a.m. CST it’s 3:00 p.m. in Ukraine. So we especially need you to pray for us when you wake up and off and on until 3 p.m. your time each day. That’s when we will be most busy and challenged. Most concerts are between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Texas time. We ask you to pray fervently and faithfully each day. We believe that the success of this evangelistic mission is greatly increased by your prayers. We cannot do this alone. We depend on you to pray.

SMOT-NC – Singing Men of Texas – North Central directed by Don Blackley
MGI – Michael Gott International Evangelistic Ministries directed by Michael Gott

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April 17 – Monday – Various Flights

Travel Day – The Singing Men of Texas depart from home cities flying overnight eastward toward Europe and Ukraine.

  • Pray for on-time flights.
  • Pray for safe travel.
  • Pray for the baggage to arrive on time.
  • Pray for supernatural rest and comfort during travel.
  • Pray for the pastors and directors in each Ukrainian city as they complete preparations for the concerts. Pray for real joy and a spirit of expectancy as they work.
  • Pray for the Michael Gott International staff in Ukraine that has organized this mission.
  • Pray for God to cause needy people with empty hearts to see the publicity and make plans to attend the evangelistic concerts.

April 18 – Tuesday – Kiev to Cherkasy

Travel Day – The groups will transfer in various European airports to flights to their final destination – Kiev, Ukraine.

  • Pray for on-time, problem-free transfers at airports.
  • Pray for all checked bags to arrive in Kiev with the choir.

Afternoon arrivals at Kiev Borispol Airport and bus transfers 2 ½ hours to the hotel in Cherkasy on the Dnieper River, population 283,000. (pronounced “Chair-kah-see”)

  • Pray for orderly and safe transfers from Kiev to Cherkasy.
  • Pray for ease with check-in and rooming arrangements.
  • Pray for the health and stamina of each person on the mission team.
  • Pray for immediate unity of the Singing Men of Texas – North Central, and the Michael Gott International Mission Staff who will work beside them for these ten days of evangelistic mission. (Apply Romans 12:5)
  • Pray that the American team and the Ukrainian church teams in each city will have common purpose and heart. (Claim Ecclesiastes 9:10.)
  • Pray for a good night’s rest and for adjustment to the time change.
  • Pray daily for the person who enlisted you to pray for this mission.

April 19-Wednesday – Cherkasy (first time city)

First Ministry Day – Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Central Baptist Church, Cherkasy for devotional and lunch. Afternoon with youth and transfer to Friendship of the Nations Concert Hall – Concert one. (Pronounced “Chair-kah-see”)

  • Director Don Blackley’s vision is for the choir to carry the message of Christ to every region of Ukraine. Beginning in 2010 the choir has had evangelistic concerts in 16 of 24 regions. On this tour the choir will go to four regions for the first time – Cherkasy, Kryvyi Rih, Krapyvnytskyi, and Kharkiv. Ask God to save many hopeless people in these regions.
  • Pray for the team to have a strong witness at the hotels where they will sleep and eat breakfast daily.
  • Ask God to bless Ukraine with beautiful weather during these days.
  • Pray for the MGI Ukrainian staff who will travel with the group. Pray for Evangelist Valery Scherbina who worked with pastors and churches to prepare for the concerts and Ksusha Bondarenko – head of publicity.
  • Ask the Lord to purify each heart as the group prepares spiritually for evangelism during their daily devotional and prayer time.
  • Pray for the cooking staff at the church in Cherkasy that is made up of Baptist women. Ask God to give them joy as they prepare lunch.
  • Ask God to bless the work of the Greeting Team made up of choir wives and MGI staff as they distribute programs, pens, decision cards, New Testaments and CDs at each concert. (Ecclesiastes 9:17-18)
  • Ask God to bless the Prayer Team that is made up of Americans and Ukrainian believers from the churches of Cherkasy. They will pray together in a separate room during the entire length of each concert.
  • Pray for a packed crowd at 7:00 p.m. concert at Friendship of the Nations Concert Hall – 1,200 seats. (11:00 AM Texas time)
  • Pray for Evangelist Michael Gott as he calls Ukrainians to faith in Christ with a heart of love for those in the concert hall.
  • Pray that the media presentation will have great impact as the words of each song and scriptures from the sermon are projected in Russian.
  • Pray for accuracy and natural flow for the interpreter, Dr. Igor Yaremchug, graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and President of Irpen Bible Seminary near Kiev.
  • Orthodox Catholicism is the national religion of Ukraine. Ukrainian Orthodox Churches teach that God sent His Son through the Virgin Mary, that He lived without sin, died on the cross, was raised from the grave and descended back to heaven. But then – they are told that belonging and giving to the church saves them. Salvation as a free gift through faith in what Christ did for them on the cross is truly Good News as the Holy Spirit gives understanding through song and sermon. Pray that many will be set free by receiving Christ as a gift. Pray that many will come to Bible studies offered in three churches in Cherkasy.

April 20 – Thursday – Krapivnitsky (first time city)

Second Ministry Day – Breakfast and devotional in the hotel and 2 and ½ hour bus transfer 80 miles to Krapivnitsky, population 232,000 – Concerts two. (Pronounced “Krah-peev-neet’-ski” – was Kirovograd until 2016)

  • Pray for the devotional time after breakfast. Ask God by His Spirit to unite these 110 for one purpose – to lift up Christ.
  • Pray for bus drivers as they travel over rough roads to Ukrainian cities where few ever go with the message of Christ. Pray that the buses will not break down. Pray that during the trips focus will not be on rough roads but on fellowship and praise.
    Pray that God will give the team good health as we eat different foods and travel daily.
  • Ask God to use the churches in Krapivnitsky to invite all in this regional capital to come to the concert. (Acts 2:46)
  • Pray for the 7:00 p.m. concert at the Regional Philharmonic Hall – 900 seats. (11:00 am Texas Time)
  • Pray that when the choir sings and Evangelists Michael Gott and Igor Yaremchuk preach the simple, convicting message of forgiveness through Christ that many will turn to Christ in repentance and faith.
  • Pray for the team and drivers as they travel three hours – 74 miles – after the concert to Kryvyi Rih for midnight hotel check-in.

April 21 – Friday – Kryvyi Rih (first time city)

Third Ministry Day – Breakfast and devotional at hotel in Kryvyi Rih – Ukraine’s eighth largest city, population 654,000 – Concert three. (Pronounced “Kreev-yih-ree”)

  • Ask God for the health of all, enough rest for everyone.
  • Ask God for the spirit of refreshing faith from Christ to come to everyone during the daily devotional (Philemon 1:6-7)
  • Pray for the follow-up teams in Cherkasy and Krapivnitsky as they call and write all those who came to the concerts.
  • Pray that the people in Kryvyi Rih will see the posters, internet and newspaper publicity about the concert and attend this evening.
  • 7:00 p.m. concert at Kryvyi Rih’s new Molodezhnye Hall (1,600 seats). Pray that God is exalted in music and message and that many hopeless people will find hope and new life in Christ. (11:00 am Texas Time)
  • Pray that as Don Blackley leads the choir he will feel the pleasure of honoring God with his gift. Thank God for Don Blackley.
  • Pray for each person at this concert to stay through the message and that the convicting power of the Holy Spirit will be felt by all.
  • Pray that the New Testaments and CD’s with songs by the choir and a clear gospel message will be read, listened to, treasured and shared.
  • Pray for joyful fellowship as the mission team eats dinner at the hotel.

April 22- Saturday – Dnipro

Fourth Ministry Day – Breakfast and devotional in Kryvyi Rih and travel 90 miles to Dnipro, population 987,000. In 2010 Central Baptist Church in Dnipro burned two days before the choir came for concert. The church has rebuilt with the help of many Texas churches, Singing Men of Texas – North Central and Michael Gott. – Concerts four and five. (Pronounced “D-nee’-pro” – was named “Dnipropetrovsk” until 2016)

  • The directors, singers, evangelist and interpreter are now entering the most demanding days of the mission. Ask God to lift them up in heart and voice so that they can continue to lift up Christ.
  • Pray that excitement will be felt throughout the city and that the supporting churches will be on fire with a desire to see people saved. (Read Acts 4:33.)
  • Pray that as the team walks through the city center this afternoon that they will invite those to the concert with searching hearts. (Psalm 57:9)
  • The MGI mission staff in Ukraine is directed by Michael and Jan Gott and Amy Pannell. The staff includes 3 Americans and 11 Ukrainians who will ensure that all travel, lodging and food for the team is provided. Please pray for Michael Gott and his God-given staff.
  • Ask God to fill each musician with a spirit of joy and as they prepare to sing in one of Ukraine’s greatest cities. Pray that all focus will be to glorify God.
  • 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. concerts at Dnipro’s Palace of Culture “Shynnik” (1240 seats) Ask God to fill it twice with searching people! (9:00 am & 11:00 am Texas time)
  • Ask God to unify the prayer team made up of Americans and Ukrainian believers as they pray during each concert.
  • Pray that God will begin a work in hearts of believers and unbelievers alike causing them to have a God-awareness and seek His forgiveness.
  • Pray for the choir to sing the Gospel with joy and deep emotion.
  • Pray that the message be carried by the Spirit to longing, empty hearts.
  • Pray for deep rest for every team member tonight.

April 23 – Sunday – Kharkiv (first time city)

Fifth Ministry Day – After morning worship in Dnipro, travel 20 miles from the Russian border to Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second largest city, population 1.4 million – Concert six. (Pronounced “Har-keev” with a guttural “H” and rolled “R”)

  • Pray that the team will awaken with enthusiasm, full of faith.
  • Pray for the group worship time this morning at the hotel before traveling to Kharkiv for this afternoon’s concert.
  • Pray for strength and stamina for those on the mission team who are older and those who have health issues. (Psalms 92:14)
  • Pray for the 134 mile, 3 hour late morning bus transfer northeast to Kharkiv. Ask God for supernatural protection.
  • Pray for quick check in and lunch at the hotel.
  • Kharkiv was not originally on the schedule for this tour, but God opened the door to bring the message of Christ in the largest concert hall in this important regional capital. Thank God for the faith and hard work of believers in Kharkiv who invited Michael Gott and the Choir.
  • Pray that those who respond today will be “radically saved” and that the gift CD with a sermon interpreted into Russian will be listened to many times. Pray that family members and friends who were not at the concert will listen to the CD and put their faith in Christ for salvation. (Acts 5:42 – claim it for all!)
  • 6:00 p.m. concert at Kharkiv State Opera and Ballet Theatre in the center of the city – (1800 seats). (10:00 am Texas time)
  • Pray for a hush to fall over the crowd and that they will listen to the voice of God as He speaks to them.
  • Pray that the impact will be area wide. (Read Acts 4:31.)
  • Six Baptist churches of Kharkiv are sponsoring this concert. Pray that they will have a renewed passion to share Christ.
  • Pray for the bus drivers to be saved.
  • Pray that the team will go to bed in Kharkiv with the joy and peace of having given all in today’s evangelistic concert.

April 24 – Monday – Poltava

Sixth Ministry Day – Devotional in Kharkiv hotel conference room. Late morning transfer 88 miles west to Poltava, population 290,000 – Concert seven.

  • Thank God for this final day in eastern Ukraine. For three years the Russians have tried to invade this area, which would block the work of evangelism. Ask God to save Ukraine – both politically and spiritually.
  • Thank God for the musician or team member who gave you this Prayer Guide. Ask God to give them great joy as they lift up today.
  • Large bags will be sent by transport with Baptist brothers and Amy Pannell to our hotel in Kiev so that when the team arrives in Kiev well after midnight, bags will already be in the hotel rooms. Ask God to bless this transport and those who deliver bags to the rooms.
  • Today the buses must travel 6 hours – 2 hours late morning to Poltava and 4 hours after the concert to Kiev. Pray that God will supernaturally help the team to relax and rest as we travel. Pray again for the drivers.
  • Pray for the team’s 3 hour visit to the Central Baptist Church in Poltava for lunch and devotional. Ask God to use the choir to bless the Baptist women who cook for the team, and Pastor Andrey, pastor in Poltava.
  • 6:00 p.m. concert at Lystopad Concert Hall – 1,100 seats. (10:00 am Texas time)
  • Pray for the power of the Gospel to be evident with a supernatural evangelistic response. (Claim this verse – Acts 5:14.)
  • Pray for the entire team exhausted from hours of travel and ministry.
    Pray for safe travel and fast check-in upon arrival in Kiev.

April 25 – Tuesday – Kiev

Seventh Ministry Day – Wake up in Kiev – Ukraine’s capital city – population 2.8 million. Concert this evening in the nation’s most famous concert hall – “Ukraina” in the center of Kiev – Concert eight. (Pronounced “Kee’-yiv”)

  • Pray that God will visit the heart of each team member during devotional today. Pray that this will be a day of pure praise that He opened the door to Ukraine and allowed us to proclaim His message.
  • Ask God to strengthen voices for this ninth concert in 7 days with daily travel by buses, over rough roads. Pray that all will be supernaturally strong for this largest concert to the Kiev audience in a packed hall.
  • Pray that many on the staff at our hotel can be free to come to the concert and hear the message of salvation sung and preached.
  • Pray for Michael Gott and his interpreter, Igor Yaremchuk, as they prepare their hearts to give Christ as the only hope of salvation.
  • 7:00 p.m. concert at “Ukraina” National Palace – 3,780 seats. (11:00 am Texas Time)
  • Pray that all who go to the hall to hear a great concert will leave praising a great Savior.
  • Pray for believers in the crowd to be convicted and repent as the message is proclaimed.
  • Ask God to speak to the many officials from the national and city governments who are expected to attend. Ask God to change hearts and the direction of this nation by His mighty power.
  • Pray that all be done in God’s strength and for His exclusive glory!

April 26 – Wednesday – Kiev

Eighth Ministry Day. The morning will be free for rest
and personal worship.  

  • Pray for this free morning of fellowship and praise as team members recount all that God has done.
  • Ask God to use the team as a witness to the hotel staff who will watch our actions for 3 days. Pray that all we do will point them to faith in Christ.
  • Pray for the personal time as team members write down what they saw with their eyes and experienced in their own hearts as God worked in this intensely evangelistic mission.
  • Ask God to give each choir and team member a rest time and restore all to full strength.
  • Ask God to give the team physical and spiritual refreshment as they go on a walking tour with advanced English speakers from Michael Gott International courses in Kiev.
  • Pray that team members will have the opportunity to share Christ’s love with each student.

April 27 – Thursday – Kiev, Chernihiv

Ninth Ministry Day – Final ministry day with a concert in Chernihiv, population 294,000 – Concert nine.

  • Pray that all team members will have true joy – giving all glory to God as they look forward to the final concert.
  • Pray for the 2 hour trip to Chernihiv. Ask God to give great anticipation about the importance of lifting up Christ.
  • 7:00 p.m. concert at Taras Shevchenko Music and Drama Theater – 1,100 seats. (11:00 am Texas time)
  • Believers in Chernihiv begged SMOT to come there in 2015. Ask God to bless their two year wait with a packed hall and many saved.
  • Pray that the strong Orthodox churches of Chernihiv will not demonstrate against our evangelistic concert this evening.
  • Pray for our work with the believers in this city – especially during the dinner that we will have with them at a Chernihiv hotel.
  • Pray for our bus transfers back to Kiev arriving at 11:00 p.m.
  • Pray for the MGI staff as they complete tasks to care for team needs.
  • Pray that all choir members and the MGI staff will have one heart.

April 28 – Friday – Return Home

Travel Day – All team members take morning flights through cities in Western Europe and on to home airports in Texas with afternoon and evening arrivals.

  • Pray that the airlines’ check-in of the team members will go perfectly.
    Pray for on-time, safe flights.
  • Pray for the joy and fulfillment of being totally spent in reaching the lost with the love of Christ to fall over each weary team member.
  • Pray that God will give rest and comfort on the long flights from Europe.
  • Pray for bags to arrive with team members.
  • Pray for easy disembarkation and customs clearance at airports.
  • Pray for reuniting with family and friends. Ask God to give joyful times of sharing what God did in Ukraine.
  • Ask God to lift every team member above emotional exhaustion that
    can be overwhelming after the complete spiritual and physical emptying of a believer in service to Christ. This was extreme mission and not a religious holiday!
  • Pray that the team members will have opportunity to share with home congregations – giving God glory and praise for victories they saw.

April 29-May 1 – Sat.-Mon. Continue in prayer

First Days after Mission – Team members return to home situations and work. Evangelism and follow-up in Ukraine continues. New believers begin their spiritual journey.

  • Pray for those coming back to worship ministries in Texas this Sunday. Ask God to give them rest. Pray that the jet-lag coming westward will be quickly over and that they will be able to minister with joy and enthusiasm in home churches here.
  • Days of the mission are now over, but the follow-up in Ukraine is just beginning. Pray for the follow-up directors and teams that are now calling and e-mailing each person who gave contact information on their decision card. Ask God to help them to be faithful to the task. Ask God to give them favor and wisdom.
  • Ask God that one of the converts will become a great evangelist in Ukraine and that one of the young women converted will be his wife.
  • Ask God to bless all Ukrainians who had a part in the events. Go back through this guide and pray for each church and each city.
  • Pray for Texas churches and a spirit of awakening to come as a result of the ministry reports!
  • Pray for Singing Men of Texas – North Central as they continue to minister to each other and to Texas churches. Thank God for the evangelistic heart of Don Blackley. Ask God to direct their decision about their next mission effort.
  • Pray for Michael and Jan Gott as they continue their work in evangelism. Ask God to give them strength for the task and supernatural finances to do the work to which God has called them.