“I will make streams flow down the slopes and produce springs in the middle of the valleys. I will turn the desert into a pool of water and the arid land into springs.” Isaiah 41:18 (NET)
We’re told that Spain is arid land, spiritually speaking. You see it everywhere; much effort, little outcome. Nonetheless, you follow Jesus and take it one day at a time, one step after another. Then, one day, when you least expect it, the Lord surprises you.
This is the case with the prayer group in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain. I came here to meet the pastor and his wife about two and a half years ago. The Lord showed me a group of hungry ladies wanting spiritual depth.
Six months later, the Lord blessed us with a prayer workshop where I introduced the pastor’s wife, the associate pastor’s wife, along with eight other ladies, to the Moms in Prayer International ministry.
We had a fantastic time during the workshop and so it began a friendship and prayer bond that only the Holy Spirit can give.
I returned to Barcelona with a hopeful, but realistic heart. I thought that given the distance and the many distractions in our worlds, the ladies in Jerez would pray for a while and then the group would fizzle. I said to myself that I was being “realistic.” However, during the following months, we had several Skype sessions. They kept on meeting and praying. They invited and encouraged other ladies to come, including ladies from other churches.
Fast forward to the present time and the little group in Jerez has multiplied into three prayer groups! There are about 28 mothers coming to pray regularly at different locations in the community. These are the joyful faces you see in the video:
What also made this sweet and a godly affirmation for me, is that next to me, while I was leading the prayer session, was a friend from my home church in Frisco, Texas. I was reminded, once more, of the power of prayer and the joy of praying in community. I am also grateful for Enid Chang, Moms in Prayer Country Helper for Spain, who assisted me and prayed with me and for this group.
I am convicted and cannot but ask for forgiveness and pray to the Lord, “Oh Father, help me overcome my unbelief (Mark 9:24).” I am encouraged to persevere, one day at a time, one step at a time. I need to remind myself more often to just keep praying and not give up because the Lord may surprise me on any given day.
Now, it’s your turn. What areas of your life could benefit from some additional perseverance and community prayer?
Soraya Marin is a praying mom serving as a missionary in Spain, developing student and women’s ministries. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, she eagerly seeks to shepherd and nurture women in small group settings in the church and in the community.