March 2024 Adult Spotlight Update WOP 1
Missions Discipleship

Spotlight Update: Matt and Ruth Lahey in Newfoundland, Canada

What’s it like to have hundreds of thousands of Southern Baptists praying for you?

Matt Lahey knows.

Matt and his wife, Ruth, North American Mission Board missionaries in Saint John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, were featured in the 2023 Week of Prayer for North American Missions. “We got letters upon letters, so many we couldn’t count them all,” said Matt. “We’re used to working in the background because we’re here out here on an island. But those letters were deeply encouraging in a way words can’t express.”

God used your prayers to produce an even more tangible benefit for Matt and Ruth. Last summer, the Laheys’ church plant, Kilbride Community Church, was forced to leave the community center where the church had been meeting, and Matt and Ruth were not able to find any other available, affordable space. But then, a Southern Baptist who’d been following their story stepped in and helped provide the congregation with a new, permanent home.

In a community that up until recently had no evangelical witness at all, Kilbride Community Church is thriving and growing. “We have a new home where we can gather and not worry about losing it,” Matt said. “The Lord is moving powerfully here and in so many different ways. He used the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering to see His kingdom come and His will be done.”

The 2024 Week of Prayer for North American Missions will be observed March 3–10. To learn more about how you can join in this season of prayer, visit and As you pray for the missionaries featured in the week of prayer and give generously to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, know your support has real and tangible effect.