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No One Ever Prayed for Me

I grew up in rural Ohio, with the most gorgeous farmland in America.   Directions were given by cornfields, not by roads.  Houses were spread out by miles of fields. My school was 12 miles from my house; milk and bread were too.  I walked uphill in the snow....okay, just kidding...about the uphill thing.

Besides rote prayers with my parents, I don't think anyone prayed for me.  I don't ever remember someone asking me if I had any prayer requests.  In the rural church we attended, my Catechism teacher never opened and closed with prayer.  Did anyone ever pray for me by name?  Maybe your story is similar to mine?

I think praying for someone is one of the greatest privileges we have as Christians and it is one of the most loving things we can do.  Sometimes I wonder if some of my neighbors were like me and have never been prayed for.  Has anyone taken the time to pray for them?  Has their name ever been spoken before the throne of God?

Lord, I come before your throne and say the names Becky, Dawn, Brad, (you get the idea).  Show Your love to them today.  Bring the Gospel to their homes.  Bless their work.  Protect them and their children.

How about your neighbors?  Who is praying for them?

A simple prayer....might change their life....might change their eternity!
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Start With Prayer

So you want to start something, but don't know how, or where to begin, right?  Well... let's start right here!

Praying for Yourself


  • Pray that God will give you His vision, His plan for your neighbors, and that you will see people and their needs as He sees them.

  • Pray that God will grow your heart for those who don’t know Christ and give you a desire to reach them through an NBS.

  • Pray that you will be intentional about your own spiritual growth, allowing God to work in and through you.

  • Pray for God’s guidance, equipping, and empowerment to move forward in what He is calling you to do.

As important as prayer is to the foundation and beginning of your NBS, your personal spiritual growth is just as important to sustaining your NBS.

In his acclaimed book on communication, Dallas Seminary Professor Dr. Howard Hendricks says it best: “The effective teacher always teaches from the overflow of a full life. If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow.” Mother Theresa reflects the same message: “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil into it.”

Our spiritual growth as leaders and facilitators of our NBS allows God to use us to model and encourage our members to pursue a relationship with Christ more intentionally. To be effective in encouraging our women to grow, we must be challenging ourselves by practicing spiritual disciplines beyond studying our NBS material – spiritual disciplines such as daily Bible and devotional reading and spending time with God in prayer and listening.

“You see, effective teaching comes only through a changed person,” says Hendricks. “The more you change, the more you become an instrument of change in the lives of others.”


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Loving Outreach Lighthouse Report

Getting to know neighbors, praying for them, and studying God's Word together are all great ways to be a Light!  Today on the Lighthouse Report, Debbie McGoldrick gives a loving, neighborly example this Valentine's Day!

To listen to the 1 minute program click HERE

For the 2 minute program click HERE

Be sure to visit our ABOUT US page to learn more about Debbie and Neighborhood Bible Studies!


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What is NBS2GO?

NBS2GO = Neighbor Bible Studies 2GO - nbs2go.com is simply the packaging of ideas, resources, and inspiration to equip believers to launch and multiply Bible study groups.

What's the big deal about a Bible study group?

Like a one-room schoolhouse, a Bible study group brings together a wide range of seekers and Christ-followers to study, discuss, and encourage one another toward life application of God’s Word. This blending of spiritual maturity levels creates a dynamic, life-transforming community. Friendships are formed, and group members are equipped to minister to others where they do life. Life transformation and multiplication!

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