On Wednesday morning nine of us (including two under 5s) went out into the rain to find people to pray for. Here's some stories:
A day earlier I'd had a sense of someone sitting on a bench in a particular area of the estate the we should pray for. Even though it was really raining we went there anyway and found someone sitting on that bench in the rain - the chances of that! The first thing he said to us was 'what are you doing here?' and we said 'what are you doing here? We're from the church and we're here to tell you God loves you and he's got good things for you'. He was someone with a number of struggles and lots of sadness and we were able to encourage him and pray for him. He seemed really moved.
We started to chatting to a customer in one of the local shops and he used to go to St Peter's many years ago, and started naming lots of people he used to know, who are still part of our church family. He was really grateful to be prayed for.
We had a gentle chat with a man out in the rain and we were able to talk with him about the journey of faith. We also prayed for a water engineer - we kept bumping into him as we were walking around and he was really up for prayer. Our awkward attempts to say hello didn't put him off!
We were able to pray for some musicians waiting to go into a band practice room and a taxi lady who made short horror movies in her spare time! She even invited us to Dublin to see her film!
We bumped into a lady who had been to the St Peter's cookery club once and she wanted prayer for peace for family life. She was so hungry for prayer. And then we approached a man who was a photographer who asked us to pray for the rain to stop! So we prayed that nature would compliment his creative expression....