Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Prayer Requests Week of 8/11/15

Prayer Requests Week of 8/11/15

Dr. Ken Whitten
Senior Pastor


Last month I asked your prayers for my mother-in-law, Barbara Vincent, who had been struggling with her health. God answered your prayers and took all of her pain and suffering away. She went home to be with the Lord on 7/19.

Please keep our family in your prayers as we grieve the loss of our last living parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent.

Pray for Ginny. She has spent a lot of time and energy moving her mom from assisted living to nursing home to now making funeral arrangements. Pray for her health and her spirit.

Please pray for one of my high school friends. He has ALS and is on his death bed. I had the opportunity to share the gospel with him. Pray that he will accept Jesus as his Savior in the little time he has left.

Praise God with me for the time we were able to be on vacation. I am thankful for our amazing pastoral staff who preached during this time I was away – what an incredible job they did. I am thankful for Idlewild and the love and support we received even when we were away.


Please pray for our fall ministry coming up in August. It is the feeling of going back to school! Pray for every service, worship, series, praylude, class, event – that it may all be honoring to God and with the purpose of reaching our “one.”

Please pray for all our guest speakers who will be bringing the Word to us this fall. You’re going to love it!

Pray that God will continue to give me the wisdom to lead our church as we wrap up planning for 2020.

Finally, continue to pray for our people who are far from the Lord and/or from the church. Pray that the Spirit will ignite in them a desire to be near God and His people. For those who are here, pray they will be passionate about reaching their “one” for Christ.

Thank you for your ministry of prayer. Continue to pray that we will all become better-praying people. You are loved!


Brian McDougall
Executive Pastor


Diana: Please pray for Diana as she is recovering from an orthopedic surgery. Please pray that God’s healing process will relieve the pain.

Dad: He recently has had some health setbacks. Please continue to pray for Dad’s healing to speak more clearly and to swallow better, both issues are issues from a recent stroke.

Leta: For my sister, that she will have health, courage and strength as she is the full time caregiver for my Dad. Since Dad’s recent health setback the level of care Leta provides has to be stepped up quite a bit. Leta is a godly pro, but needs our prayers for strength and endurance.

Tim: Please continue to pray for my bother in law, Tim. to fully recover from knee replacement surgery.

Logan and Aimee: For my son and daughter in law to continue to grow closer to God and each other as a newlywed couple. Please pray for Logan to find the job the Lord wants him to have.

Lauren and Gabe: Praising God for their new married life together.


Church Vision and Mission: That our members would engage in the Vision and Mission of the Church.

LEAD: That LEAD(Leadership Engagement and Discipleship) would be effective in thousands of Idlewild members discovering their spiritual gifts, being equipped therein and serving in the area that God has planned for them (Eph. 2:10, 4:11-12).

Staff: To fill the open positions with God’s perfect candidates. That new staff members would assimilate effectively and quickly into the work and culture of Idlewild.

Accelerate: Praising the Lord for the great progress that is being made by the generous givers of Idlewild to pay off the debt of the Church.

2020 Ministry Plan: Please pray for the staff as they are working on their Ministry Plans for 2020. Pray that we will follow God’s perfect leading as we pray and plan for the move of God that He wants to do here at Idlewild.


Reno Zunz
Minister, Caring Ministry


Please continue to cover Sherri and me with your prayers for our spiritual walks, marriage, and families.

Sherri is still in the healing process from her surgery in July. All is going well. She would plan to go back to work this month. Thank you for your continued prayers on her behalf.

My stepmother Samantha had a fall in July and broke her femur. She got out of rehab on July 20. She is now back in her apartment trying to adjust to her new situation. Please pray that Sherri and I would have wisdom as we make decisions for her and also look to what is best for her in the future.

Please pray for our ministry to our neighbors. Getting closer to having neighbors move in across the street from us!

For Sherri as she continues to teach the Women of Excellence Group on Sunday mornings..

For daughters-in-law Megan and Janell as they wear many hats as wives and mothers of young children.


That God would direct our Member Care Ministry daily to give our all to assist members through their difficult times.

My Ministry Assistant Lainey has returned part-time. Please pray that we would know the right steps at the right time that would work best for the Member Care team. We will likely need to make a decision by the end of August.

Pray for our Foster Care Parents Morning Out on August 10.

That God would bless Deana Troyer as she leads our Special Needs Ministries, granting her wisdom and energy and strength, and would provide workers that love the students. We are so grateful for our SN Team!

That the Lord would watch over our Idlewild widows and provide for all of their needs, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

For our Deacon Leadership this critical year: Cary Gaylord (Chairman); Andy Whitten (1st Vice Chairman); Clinton Dailey (2nd Vice Chairman); Mike Ruckman (Secretary); Charles Tipton (Treasurer); and Dana Hardee and Don Enoch (Yokefellow Coordinators). We have a Lord’s Supper on Sunday, August 18.

Greg Murphy
Minister, Family Care


Please pray for me to hear the Lord clearly in prayer through His Word and apply and implement what He says, but first to abide in Christ and to increase my time with Him each day. Pray for the Lord to take me deeper in study and personal worship

Our grandson, Joshua, is a year old and Robert and Rebecca are expecting number 2. Thank you for your prayers. Please pray for health and salvation All live in Texas. Pray for his salvation and for guidance for and blessings on the family. Pray for the new baby that is due in November. PTL!

Please pray for Lynn to be blessed in her roles as wife and mother and now loving her first grandson. She is a blessing to me each day and as she serves along side of me in ministry, prayer, Starting Point, and the “Christ in Us” group.

Please continue to pray for direction and the Lord’s blessings on Isabella’s life in the next 5 to 10 years, which are important years for making lasting life decisions. Pray for leadership in education as she is graduating fro high school and beginning college. Pray for continued growth and wisdom in daily Bible study and fellowship in the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for praying for my mother, Sarah. She seems to be settling in and doing better since time has passed from her hurricane experience of being evacuated and then relocated in a different facility. I believe the Lord is answering your prayers. She continues to live in a Care Facility in NC. Pray for the Lord to fill her days with His Word and the encouragement and blessing of His presence. Pray for her to encounter the Holy Spirit’s presence each day and to maintain a sharp mind and to be able to be in the Word of God and fellowship with the body of Christ. Please pray for her to be physically comfortable.


Please pray that the Lord will bless us freshly with His presence and stir our hearts toward living consistently in His holiness. Pray that we will call on His name and seek His person, purposes, presence and His ways. Pray that we will adjust to His Word and worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Pray that He will draw the lost to Himself in salvation through our witness.

Please pray for prayer to increase daily as the culture and practice at Idlewild. Pray also for special prayer events and seasons of prayer to motivate us to grow in the area of prayer and relationship with the Lord

Please pray that the Lord will use the new prayer webpage and other new prayer media to motivate prayer in His church including through the Watchman prayer wall, Praylude, the prayer room and other prayer groups and ministries. Please pray for hearts to be stirred toward the Lord and prayer by the scripture and quotes on the PRAY list on Wednesday nights.

God has blessed us with a beautiful pair of prayer rooms by the Fireside room. I hope you will go by and pray over the rooms and spend some time there, but especially pray that God will raise up a powerful ministry of prayer around those rooms and also throughout the body of Christ at Idlewild. I believe we are at the beginning of what God may do through prayer.

Please Pray for Linda Sienkiewicz, who is the Ministry Assistant in Family Care and for Lainey Bock who is the Ministry Assistant to Pastor Reno in Member Care. Please pray for them as they currently assists in the many areas of the Family Care/Caring Ministry.

Phillip Hanes
Minister, Biblical Guidance & Senior Adults


For Mary and I as we seek to continue to be in the center of God’s will for our lives.

For our three children, our one daughter-in-law, and our two granddaughters – whom we love with all our hearts!

For our fathers – Mary’s dad, Frank Patrick (age 87) and my father, Fred Hanes (age 92) – that the Lord would continue to bless them both with good health, strength, and joy as they continue to walk with Him!

Thank you for your prayers for our daughter (Jennifer) who just returned from a mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua.


For our upcoming JOY Ministry luncheon (August 15th) featuring Jodie Montgomery – our Director of Women’s Ministry here at Idlewild – as she shares about her great love for Bible Study and discipleship.

For our Bible Fellowship Groups that meet each Sunday morning – for the teachers and for the attendees who make it a priority to come and study God’s Word together.

For our upcoming Fall JOY Ministry trip (in September) to Washington, D.C. to visit The Museum of the Bible and other historic places of interest.

For our Fall JOY Ministry 3-Day Mission trip to serve at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Lakeland. Pray for the children, the foster parents, the single moms, the community, and the One More Child Staff we will go to help and encourage!

For the countless number of folks I counsel with from week to week. The Lord has allowed me the great privilege to meet with people who are looking for biblical answers to life’s problems. Pray that they would discover the Lord’s provision for their lives!



Dr. Edgar Aponte
Minister, Global Missions


Please ask the Lord to fill us with the knowledge of his will through all wisdom and understanding

That we may live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work

That the Lord may give us grace and favor as we continue to meet our neighbors

That the Lord will open more doors for the Gospel

For wisdom as we look at the different school (therapy) options for our youngest son (Daniel).



Pray for the Lord will continue to provide through our members to the Idlewild on Mission Fund

God’s provision to fund more mission trips; and the continued support of our missionaries

Pray that the Lord will call professionals and retiree from Idlewild to the nations

There are “closed countries” where only people with a business background/platform can have access to

God is using seniors to make disciples among the people of East Asia, but the churches there need more people to join them in the missionary task


Ray Sanabria
Minister, International Missions


Persecution In Cuba

Planning of the Global Impact Conference in 9/29-10/6

Wisdom in the selection of future Signature Partners


Pray for Unsaved Relatives

Prayer for My One


Dr. Mondonico Williams
Minister, Local Missions


Wisdom to lead my family and ministry.


Our local missionaries will be on mission.

Great move of God in our schools.