Friday, October 14, 2011

Prayer Room

We now have our prayer room fully up and running.  Many people are spending time there and having encounters with the Lord- I want to share just one of those with you.

This story goes all the way back to the beginning of my time here last year.  I used to go weekly out to help in Cercadillo, a village outside of town.  I met a girl there named Ana, and we hit it off instantly.   I would look forward to seeing her and talking with her every week, and we had lots of good conversations about life and God.  My schedule changed and I no longer go to the village, so it had been around 4 months since I’d seen Ana.  I remembered that she is a student at the University near our Community Center, so I got her number and invited her to come by.  

A couple weeks ago she stopped by the Center for the first time.  I gave her a tour, and when we went in the prayer room she just stood there speechless for a while.  When she finally spoke, it was in a whisper, and she said she’d never felt that much peace anywhere on this earth before.  I could tell she was greatly impacted, and we spent a few moments there then she had to head to class.  The next week she stopped by again and we were just chatting in the main room.  After a few minutes, she asked me if we could go in the prayer room.  Note the fact that she invited me!  Once we got there she said her heart was pounding, and she felt God’s presence.  I asked her if I could pray for her, and she started opening up and shared a lot of things she needed prayer for, going pretty deep into some personal things.  I would pray, then after I was finished she would bring up something else and ask if I would mind praying for that too, and of course I didn’t mind!  After praying I asked if she was ready to accept the Lord into her life.  She hesitated, and said she’s been searching and is just about there, but not quite ready.  I’m not sure what she’s waiting for or what things are holding her back, but I’m praying God will continue to work on her heart.  Its obvious God is working!

This is just one of many stories that are taking place in the prayer room.  When people enter, even people who don’t know the Lord, they are awed and sense something there, a peace, God’s presence.   I know God is meeting with many people in that room, and it will continue to be a place where people connect with Him and get His heart for their campus, their country, and the world.

The interactive prayer room, with pics below of the walls