Letters and stories from praying moms around the world
Igniting a Passion to Pray in Barbados
“Many people do the ‘running through the door’ prayer, but don’t get the time to sit down and do the focused prayer and we want to stimulate that desire and that hunger to pray to keep these things on the table before God,” Jose Trotman, coordinator of Igniting a Passion to Pray session.
Bethany Avery joined Jose at the Prayer Rally event through a visit to Barbados recently. As the Caribbean Moms in Prayer Leadership Developer, Bethany taught Igniting a Passion to Pray, the first session of six in this study of the Four Steps of Prayer. Well, it was a big hit at the event! “Wonderful – lively discussion, great times of prayer, intimate personal sharing in the small groups, and holy moments of quiet,” said Bethany. Attendees were thrilled to see the event not only advertised in the local paper, but also welcomed a journalist and photographer unexpectedly!
Prior to the Prayer Rally, Bethany met with leaders, including Area Coordinator Neysa Huey, to go over the weekend events. While sitting at a café, they felt led to go pray over a local school that did not have a Moms in Prayer group. Many groups have started due to the Prayer at the Gates events. Prayer at the Gates started in 2008 when moms gathered in Barbados and prayed for schools through the repairing of the gates of kids’ lives, families, churches and the nation of Barbados based on the book of Nehemiah.
“… We need to keep praying for the schools throughout the year. There is a gap in the wall of righteousness that needs to be rebuilt. We need to keep standing in that gap in the wall with prayer so that God can rebuild it.” Janna Jennings O’Donnell, Coordinator.
God has truly ignited women’s hearts to gather and pray in Barbados!
Psalm 24:7 “Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”
Heart to Heart from Switzerland
The things you have heard me say entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
The verse above describes the biblical principal of multiplication.
God blesses us so that we are a blessing. He blesses us so that we can pass it on. He teaches us so that we can instruct others in the faith. All the wealth, the abundance, the fullness and the blessings God gives us, He wants us to share and not keep to ourselves.
When we give that which we have received from God, we experience further increase. This sharing is an important part of God’s purpose for us. We open the floodgates of God’s blessings by letting them flow through us. When we give them to others, a vacuum is created in us that God fills again with new blessings. If we stop this river, we stop the flow of blessings.
We are called to pass on the precious experiences and encouraging answers to prayer God gives us in our Moms in Prayer groups and not keep them to ourselves. If we tell other mothers how blessed we are by our Moms in Prayer groups, we will whet their appetites for prayer and lovingly win them to also pray. Let’s be a channel for God’s blessings to flow through us.
There are many mothers in your country who do not know about Moms in Prayer, who don’t realize what tremendous promises wait for them in corporate prayer and how enriching, encouraging and empowering it is to pray with other mothers! Let God show you which mom in your neighborhood, church or your circle of influence, you can tell about what you have experienced through Moms in Prayer. Pray regularly for her. Tell her about the visible and tangible effects of prayer in your life and your children’s lives.
If we do that, we will become multipliers. If the prayer-fire is continually passed on, then a wildfire will be created!
This is what I wish for with all my heart and I pray it will happen!
Warmly in Christ,
Switzerland Country Coordinator
Moms in Prayer International