International Prayer Breakfast – 2008 Review
We’ve had a fantastic year with our International Prayer Breakfasts. So we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have got up early in the dark, cold mornings and joined with us to pray for people, and places around the world where we want to see God’s kingdom break in.
Enjoying Mike’s great breakfasts each month has definitely helped in dragging our tired bodies out of bed a few hours earlier than normal! Ranging from a full cooked breakfast to continental breakfast and good ol’ English porridge, Brilliant! We’ve heard from such a variety of people across a wide range of locations. Here’s a brief summary of some of the topics, people, and countries that we’ve prayed for...
Sheryl Williams presented on her home country, Jamaica. We focused our prayer on areas such as the economy of the country, the struggles with violent crime, and those people in Jamaica who are committed to seeing God’s kingdom spread – particularly amongst the young people. The Albania Team updated us on their trip in the summer and led us in prayer for that county and some of their contacts with churches and leaders. The BACA team shared about their ground-breaking work amongst the forced migrants in Loughborough. Mel Cave talked to us about the exciting work of Just Trade and we were able to pray for her before her trip to South East Asia, and for those they are helping get out of poverty to make a living through business and trade. We heard from Luke and Kirti Gilbert, who work with an unreached people group in North West China, who told of the drama of being caught up in the horrific earthquake. We had some close friends of many of ours (who remain unnamed for security reasons) spoke about their work in Afghanistan where God is using them incredibly despite the extreme hostility of the current environment there. We had an opportunity to pray for all these guys, prophesy over them and bless them in their commitment to different parts of God’s diverse planet.
It’s been a great privilege to take the opportunity to pray for current world issues too. We prayed for China leading up to the Olympic Games in Beijing, and for the USA in the weeks leading up to the elections.
Praying for international folks whom God has placed on our doorstep is a real priority for us too. We prayed for the new intake of international students in the summer, that God would lead us to them and that they would be blessed by him and have the opportunity to have their lives transformed by God whilst living in Loughborough, in order to take the Gospel back to their home countries. We also had a large group join us from the University Chinese Christian Fellowship which has representatives from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. It was such an encouragement to us to hear about the many Chinese students who have come to know Jesus through their witness. It was also a blessing for them to be prayed for by a group of strangers early on a Wednesday morning! They also led us in prayer for the desperate current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s been really encouraging to have guys from across the church of Loughborough join us regularly, and one of our goals for 2009 is to see this become even more of cross-church forum for prayer. We are also grateful to Elim Church for letting us use their premises every month for our meetings.
Looking ahead to 2009 we have some great people lined up for our monthly programme. Brian Wakley will be talking to us about the work of CORD and we will have the opportunity to pray for him and petition God for some of the dreams that Brian and the organisation are pursing. We also will have an update from the France Team and plenty of other exciting topics and people!
So, we’ll be back at Elim on 28th January, 2009 at 6:45-7:45am to kick off a new year of prayer and intercession. Come and join us!
The Prayer Breakfast Team – Pete McKnight, Jimmy Zachariah and Mike Griffiths.
Posted by: Pete McKnight on Thursday Dec 18th, 2008
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