"The awesome thing about prayer is that you can speak truth's over people's lives in a way that overcomes the barriers of normal social etiquette"
At St George’s we are called to Share Life and Love Leeds. A group of students recently took on this challenge and listened to what God was asking them to do. This week Katie shares her story to encourage us that God is working but also to challenge us to Love Leeds too.
As Leah mentioned in the previous post, on Valentine's day God took our 10 sandwiches and handful of brownies and performed a feeding of the 5000 style miracle. Encouraged and excited (but also slightly daunted!), our little team of love bombers broke off into small groups and began to prayer walk through the city. The hope was that in the same awesome way God had provided the goods, he'd do something awesome with them.
He did something awesome indeed!
He led us to some brilliant and broken people. Perhaps my favourite moment was our encounter with a homeless trio and their dog Maisy. It was they who approached us and we soon got chatting and handed over our 'God Goody Bags', packed full of sandwiches and cakes and wrapped in a napkin on which was scrawled a message of God's love and hope. When we nervously asked to pray for them they were more than happy to oblige; forming a huddle and placing their hands in the middle like we were about to talk tactics before a football match-even Maisy tried to get her paws up and join in!
And so we prayed. The awesome thing about prayer is that you can speak truth's over people's lives in a way that overcomes the barriers of normal (particularly British!) social etiquette. It was such a privilege to be able to pray God's healing and protection over them, to speak aloud the immense value he places on their lives and of his unshakeable love. When we finished one of them said that he never wanted it to end and let go of our hands, but if I'm honest I'm not sure who was more blessed by the experience, them or us!