Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Prayers of Many

Prayers of many…                                                                                                                         
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.               --2 Cor. 1:11

When the Rwanda Partnership Team traveled to Shyogwe Diocese in June 2013, Rev. Canon Emanuel Gasana shared that the Shyogwe Parish is committed to prayer because it is the engine for revival in the church.  The Lord used Rev. Gasana’s vision of prayer and how the people are living out their faith through prayer to nudge my heart to re-examine my prayer life.  After some time of reflection, the Holy Spirit ignited a flame in my heart for a stronger commitment to Intercessory Prayer.  Throughout this past year, I have been so grateful the Lord used Rev. Gasana to search my heart and show me an area where I needed to grow to honor Him for the sake of others.

Prayer has been woven throughout our time visiting the Gikomero Health Center, Mother’s Union, the Healthy Mum’s Project at Gikomero and Hanika Parishes.   Also, with the Single Women Who Come Together of Gikomero.  Sue and I had the opportunity to pray with sick women at Gikomero’s Health Center.  The presence of the Holy Spirit was amazing. With the Holy Spirit interceding for us, there was “no” language barrier!  Felicima, Pastor Etienne’s wife,  brought a woman to us in need of prayer, as well.  Wednesday, Eric led a time of Marriage Teaching.  Jim, Curt and I shared our testimonies.  Many of the women shared stories with us because they were able to relate to our lives. These women asked if we would please pray for them, as they pray for us.  Another woman stood up and said she had heard we pray for sick people.  She lifted up her disabled little boy and asked if we would pray for him.  I was in awe of how the Holy Spirit was moving in people’s hearts.  He was generously pouring out His grace on each person.  It was  humbling and amazing.  Imana ishimwe!  (Praise God)

Today we had the opportunity to hear Church of Gikomero’s Vision for the church and 4 chapels.  We had an amazing time of questions and prayer requests.  It was such a blessing to share in regard to COTA’s “Unto the Harvest Church Plant.”  Each person received a Rwanda Partnership Prayer Card with a picture of Ford, Lindsay and family with prayer needs.  Pastor Etienne read the card to everyone in Kinyarwandan and asked all to prayer for Pastor Ford’s family and the church plant. The response was beautiful, with an eagerness to pray!

My heart is overflowing with gratitude to Jesus Christ for the lessons of humility, trust, faith, honesty and power of prayer this week as we are sharing our lives with our precious brothers and sisters of Gikomero and Shyogwe Diocese.

The “prayers of many” is a thread God is using to weave His tapestry of COTA’s relationship with Gikomero and the Shyogwe Diocese.  In Matt. 22:38, Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  As we commit to pray for our brothers and sisters in Gikomero and Shyogwe Diocese, we are unified in Christ.  Amahoro y’Imana abane namwe (God’s Peace be with You)!     

Tereza (new name as spoken in Rwanda)    

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