A testimony from a youth group who included prayer time at the Vine (our prayer room) in their missions trip to Hamilton:
“Okay, let me get to the absolute highlight. The hour we spent in the prayer room was an unexpected and powerful God-encounter. I mean, I guess we expected to encounter God somehow in prayer, but this was deep. Laurie Castellani, from YWAM but working with GOHOP, led us in some different kinds of prayer, some stuff we’ve never done before. We sang scripture freestyle, we prayed out loud all at the same time, we read different parts of scripture out loud all at the same time, we joined in other people’s songs and readings. It was out of our comfort zone, but really cool to try these new ways of connecting with God in prayer.
Then we asked for a volunteer who wanted to get prayed over, and we listened to God to hear words for this person, or pictures or just asking God to show this person something. We prayed over two people, one of whom was a 13-yr old boy. He asked us to pray against spiritual apathy in his life. The Holy Spirit just exploded! We are not a particularly charismatic church, so again, this is kind of new for us, but it was amazing! The words that other teens were hearing from God just went straight to this boy’s heart. His life was changed. I felt something very significant happen in the spiritual realm as we prayed and prophesied.
So then the team decided that they wanted to pray for everyone in that same way. On Thursday evening, after a full day of work, then hearing from Pastor Ace, we sat down to pray. We started at 8:15pm and didn’t finish until after 12:30am. Seriously, these teens prayed for over four hours and they were totally into it the whole time! Some of these kids wouldn’t have even spent 10 solid minutes in prayer ever in their lives and they prayed for over 4 hours! It was a miracle and everyone was enjoying hearing from Holy Spirit so much. We prayed and prophesied over each person. Lives were changed and deep things happened.”Jill, it was amazing. The Holy Spirit just fell on us. We went into this with nothing planned and no idea how we would be praying or anything. I think this turned out to be a great thing. I sure couldn’t have planned what happened there.
I’m so excited how this will carry into our youth ministry this year. The kids are making plans to have a monthly prayer night to pray over each other and pray for the world. It’s so powerful when God is doing it IN THEM and not just through the leaders. Praise God for meeting with us, for being gentle with us and for providing a place like The Vine to experience Him in new ways. God bless you and your team. Thanks for making those arrangements to open up specially for our team. It sure was a God-appointment!