MBC staffers ask God for victory vs. cloning
JEFFERSON CITY – The staff of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) that goes to work in the Baptist Building day after day has been increasingly burdened in 2006 for the defeat of Amendment 2, the constitutional amendment promoting the spread of embryonic stem cell research, or human cloning.
The vote on Amendment 2 will take place Nov. 7. Spearheading a staff effort to defeat the amendment through the power of prayer is Ron Barker, MBC personal evangelism/spiritual awakening specialist.
On Oct. 3, with MBC staffers gathered in the Gold Room, a 10-minute prayer time was set aside to help Christians and other noble-minded citizens of Missouri vote their values and ultimately see to it that the amendment is rejected. Seven staffers led out in the group prayer, which took place in the middle of “In-Office Day,” a regular monthly meeting at the Baptist Building.
“Some trust in horses, and some in chariots, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God,” prayed MBC Executive Director David Clippard, who was fourth in the lineup. “Father, in days like this, we can’t trust in our own abilities. We can’t trust in our resources. They’re not enough.
“We don’t have enough ability. We don’t have enough resources. But God, You do, and I pray You’d move Your people to show up at the polls. I pray for the unbeliever, that even he would see the truth of this and, Father, would vote no. God, grant us a victory here in spite of the giant that’s in front of us. Slay him for us, Father, and grant us victory.”
Barker prayed at the end of the session for God to do something very special on Nov. 7.
“Our one request on our little list is, ‘Would You do a God thing that day and shut down the evil one?’” Barker prayed.
On Oct. 18, at the end of an MBC chapel service in the Baptist Building, another round of prayer for Amendment 2 took place, again with seven staffers participating.