I’m very interested in outdoor prayer rooms. There is something about being in the midst of creation that is so restorative to the soul – it’s easy to feel close to God in the woods. The Moravians in Herrnhut must agree, because they’ve created a sculpture walk – seven kilometres in the black forests of Germany, interspersed with beautiful statues that speak of spiritual realities.
Recent world events cause me to look at Herrnhut through new eyes. I’ve always known it as the German village where they had a 100 year prayer meeting that launched the first Protestant missions movement in history. This sleepy little town rocked the nations.
But I’ve never thought of it as the settlement of Moravian refugees, fleeing religious persecution. They found shelter and welcome with Count Zinzendorf, and in the context of this idyllic German countryside they build a new life, a new community. A life and community that looked beyond it’s own needs and set it’s heart on sharing the shelter and welcome of the Gospel to lands and peoples far beyond them.
Today I leave for two weeks in Germany and Austria. I’m landing in Dresden, meeting my daughter and six others of our GOHOP community, and then we are hopping on a train to Herrnhut, Germany. Tomorrow night I will be sleeping in the Moravian Guest House and learning first hand all about the 100 year prayer meeting Zinzendorf and the Moravians launched in the 1700s that started the first Protestant missions movement in history.
After a few days there we journey to Salzburg, Austria, where we will be connecting with a Catholic 24-7 Community, and helping them with the Syrian refugees that they are welcoming and serving. I have no idea what to expect at all, except that I’m going to learn. A lot. And likely be very humbled in the process.
Then it’s on to Vienna, where I am joining my 24-7 Boiler Room Network Team for a couple days of strategizing how we can serve this growing movement of prayer communities. And finally, I will join about 1000 pilgrims who will have gathered from the far flung corners of the globe to celebrate 24-7’s 15th birthday and our semi annual Global Gathering.
Please pray for me, for Hannah, and for the 9 other members of the GOHOP community as we travel and serve. Many of us are teaching at the Gathering, so we are excited not only to learn, but also share the stories of what God is doing in Hamilton.
Im going to try and break my writing dry spell, and to blog each day of my journey – so welcome to the pilgrimage!