Prayer Truck is behind us, and now we are gearing up for the fall. It’s going to be very full and rich! We have over 15 part time interns in our 10 month Studies in New Monasticism Internship. 2 part time students from McMaster Divinity College. We are running 2 cohorts of monthly group spiritual direction for women leaders, called Soul Sisters. We’re expanding our prayer room hours so that we’re open whenever 541 Eatery and Exchange is open. We’re beginning to explore the possibility of a Social Enterprise Business to run alongside GOHOP, and we’ve embarked on The Sustainability Project, which will be providing resources to front line justice workers to reduce burn out rates in the field. Kirk is in the final stages of an amazing and creative upgrade to the GOHOP website.
Don’t worry, Kirk and I aren’t doing this all by ourselves. We have a fantastic and ever growing team of gifted leaders that are working hard cultivating prayer, mission and justice in Hamilton.
As you may be aware, in addition to my local responsibilities with GOHOP, I stepped into a role with 24/7 International about a year ago. I am now serving on their global Boiler Room Team. The function of the team is to cultivate the prayer communities and church plants that have sprung out of the 24/7 movement, helping provide structure, oversight and undergirding, developing training tracks for emergent leaders, and building national and international collaborations.
My area of responsibility is supporting and cultivating the New Monastic/House of Prayer communities affiliated 24/7, mostly in North America but also to some small degree in Europe and the UK. I have monthly mentoring/spiritual direction with prayer community leaders via skype, and then annual “site visits” to their communities to offer support and to lend expertise.
Between my 24/7 responsibilities and my quarterly training in Chicago, with the Transforming Centre, I’m travelling a few days every month. In September I will be in Charlotte, North Carolina as we formerly adopt 24/7 Charlotte into the movement. And in October I will be in Hernhutt, Germany – home of the famous Moravian 100 year prayer meeting in the 1700’s and the birth of the first Protestant Missions movement. Next stop is Salzburg, Austria where I will be doing a site visit of a 24/7 House of Prayer there. Then it’s on to Vienna for 24/7’s Global Gathering. I will be in leadership/oversight meetings with the Boiler Room Team, teaching workshops at the Gathering, as well as meeting with and doing consultations with New Monastic/House of Prayer leaders from all over the world.
A number of my expenses are being covered by 24/7, but I will still need to raise an additional $1500 – $2000 to meet my travel expense budget for 2015. I’m also looking for folks who have an abundance of air miles/travel points who might be interested in helping me with some of my monthly flights. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with me as I invest in the development of new leaders and young prayer communities?
I just want to go back to Prayer Truck for a minute and tell a story. Early one Monday morning in June I opened the truck for the first shift of the season. As I did, a young man raced across the parking lot towards me. “The prayer people!” he yelled, “Thank God!” He sat with me for an hour and a half and shared his story. He was a pimp, and in leadership in one of the local gangs, but crystal meth use was eating away at his life. In the midst of all that, he was having encounters with God and wanted to talk about it. He allowed me to pray for him, and even wrote some of his own prayers on the wall of the Prayer Truck, before he went on with his day.
It was amazing.
The scope of our ministry has increased, but really when it comes down to it, our work is all about helping an individual learn how to pray, how to open up conversation and communion with the God of the Universe who can (and often will) change everything. Thanks everyone for all your love, your prayers, your partnership in the gospel. Please pray for Kirk as he works hard to complete the website. Pray for me for wisdom and discernment in my leadership, and that I could be fully present and fully loving not only towards Jesus, but towards those He puts in my path.
If you are interested in partnering with us, you can donate online at www.canadahelps.org (type GOHOP in their internal search engine), or send cheques made payable to GOHOP to Box 57022, Jackson Square, ON, L8P 4W9. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions regarding air miles/points.