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People from 33 churches around our union were challenged to seek God’s presence in prayer, rather than seek answers to prayer. Pavel Goia, editor of Ministry Magazine, shared story after story of God’s activity, intervention, and miracles in individual lives and churches as people pray. Those attending prayed together in small groups, individually, and corporately, and more than one person said, “This has changed my prayer life!”
Pavel challenged us to remember that often answers take time, the journey may be difficult, and “You don’t fight the war by fighting the war, you fight the war by calling God’s presence.” Part of the messages focused on growing our churches, and stories of praying big! Pavel also reminded us that when churches have love for one another, they are united in praying for God to grow their church, and the unity comes outside church time as people spend time together.
Goia loves to garden, and while in Kentucky had a huge garden from which they gave away much produce to neighbors, church members and the community. He told the story of inviting his congregation to breakfast at his home at the end of the summer, and then giving each one a poncho, taking them to the garden, and starting a tomato fight with the leftover tomatoes! Says Goia, “Nothing unifies a church like a tomato fight!." That’s only part of the story!
For more faith building stories, stay tuned – we’re working on a date to bring Pavel to our conference! And who knows – maybe even have a tomato fight?
-- DeeAnn Bragaw; text and photo