Inspired by prayer...

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Tue, 15 Sep 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

This month saw the launch of CMS Ireland’s monthly prayer gatherings in the Belfast and Dublin offices. As the new autumn terms begins, CMS Ireland will continue to keep prayer at the centre of its work, and these gatherings are just one of the ways in which staff, volunteers, members and supporters can bring the Society and the work of our Partners before God.

CMS Ireland’s Acting Director of Mission, Brian Lavery, opened the first prayer gathering in Belfast, on Monday 7th September by sharing from Exodus 17:8-15. It is a powerful image of victory when hands are lifted up to our mighty God in prayer. Also, it is a reminder of the importance of supporting one another as we work together towards God’s mission, just as Aaron and Hur supported Moses as he prayed for victory over the Amalekites during battle. Prayer is a blessing and a powerful weapon, and what an honour to come together to lift up what God is doing in Ireland and across the world.

Each of our prayer gatherings will be following a similar format, as we pray for our three key areas of work: supporting the global Church; resourcing the Church in Ireland; releasing people in mission. Every month there will also be a special focus on one of our partners or a particular area of our work.

This month, we were honoured to welcome to Ireland Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi from Matana Diocese in Burundi, who joined us for both prayer gatherings. He helped us with our special focus on Burundi, providing a general background to the work of the church there, and requesting specific prayers for reconciliation, for political stablility and for the training of new church leaders in Burundi.

Among the other topics for prayer at this month’s gatherings were the drought situation in Kenya, our partners in India and Balbriggan, and the new Archbishop in DR Congo. We also prayed for individuals who are going through the selection process to serve both as long and short-term mission partners and volunteers, and for our youth and children’s co-ordinator, Julie Currie, as she begins work on the Annual Project for 2010.

Thank you to all those who came to the gatherings in Belfast and Dublin. It was a blessing to spend time in prayer with you!

If you live within ‘striking distance’ of Dublin or Belfast, we’d love to see you at one, or more, of the other prayer events in the coming months. You can click here to see the dates for the upcoming prayer gatherings and click here to see the prayer that we used at the end of our September meetings.

And whether or not you are able to attend these gatherings, please continue to pray with us and for us. Let us hold each others arms, as God continues to claim the victory.