A good group of us went out to pray in the local community once again, expectant of what God might have in store. Here's some of the stories:
We headed to the river and we approached lots of people who were very friendly. But we had some great chats. There were some ladies who didn't speak much English, so they thought we were asking them where the church was! But when she understood did ask to pray. The second lady who was Spanish asked for prayer for her son.
First of all we met a lady who was a believer and wanted us to pray a prayer of thanks for a new job she had - she was very joyful. We spoke to a man doing some work on the estate who didn't want prayer and then headed towards the Kambala estate, which was very quiet. But we then met another lady who was a believer, but was struggling with immigration issues for the last 15 years, so she was very anxious. So it was amazing to be able to pray for her and was hoping to come to one of our women's groups. We then talked to a guy who wanted prayer to win the lottery! We manage to engage him in a deeper conversation after that which was good.
First of all we prayed for a man who was a believer and he wanted prayer for his son who was in hospital and for his own health. He was encouraged as he'd not been able to get to church recently because of work. We then approached a couple of cabbies and one of them wanted prayer for an Aunt who'd recently died and they were very grateful. We then met a lady at the station with little english who wanted prayer for her son and her bad back. She said she would know it was later at work when she was lifting things. We then offered prayer for a lady who straight away said she was feeling anxious but didn't know why. We prayed for her, told her about the peace and love of Jesus and she said she was really blessed and happy to be prayed for.
A couple of us went to the building site again, and we had some amazing encounters! Our first connection was with a few of the Polish and Romanian guys who all gathered round us with one of them translating! We prayed for them and led a prayed for all of them to join. It was like they were at church, which in a way they were! Then we met a man who was installing some doors and he said he didn't have faith but wanted prayer and we asked Jesus to reveal himself to him. And finally we had a really significant encounter with one of the guys we'd prayed for last week. He really opened up to us and said 'it was really good that you prayed for me last week, cause something's happened'. He shared some personal struggles he was facing and we empathised with him and we prayed for the situation. Then afterwards he asked about faith and what it was - so we were able to share about Jesus and how we rely on Him and when we pray Jesus is with us by His spirit. We asked if he sensed it and he said he did. Quite a powerful encounter.