Thursday, October 18
The "Awakening Gatherings'' were started with the aim of gathering the churches and believers of our city together and to spread awakening throughout the country. Begun in October 2009 under the leadership of three people, one is held every two months. It is largely a movement organized by youth that gives them a platform for serving and expressing their faith.
The youth have loved having an opportunity to take part in serving and using their various gifts. Whereas often in church meetings it seemed they were only sitting and listening, Awakening Gatherings offer them the opportunity to actively serve God by taking part in dramas or some other aspect of worship through making music, leading a meeting, reading portions of Scripture, or sharing a poem or presentation on a biblical topic. We have seen the youth blossom and be challenged in their walks with God as they take on responsibilities and are called upon to express themselves relating to their faith.
In order to encourage further ownership and growth of our youth, one of the persons who founded the ministry has stepped aside to coach a new person in taking on leadership of the group. I have been encouraged in my own ministry avenues to delegate and draw in more people so they may also experience the blessing of serving and being challenged to step out in new ways in their walk with God.
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Please pray for people in mission in Turkey.
Amerikan Bord Hayeti (UCC/PCUSA American Board) * Evangelical Alliance of Turkey * Besiktas Turkey Protestant Church: Engin Yilidrim, pastor * International Fellowship of Evangelical Students * Hasat Kilise Hizmetleri (Harvest Church Seminars)
Interparish Immigrant Ministry Program, Istanbul * Jinishian Memorial Program * Turkish Evangelical Church of Antalya (Antalya Bible Church) * Turkish Protestant Fellowship (Turkish Protestant Church) * Union Church of Istanbul: Rev. Benjamin van Rensburg, pastor * Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople: H. H. Bartholomew, patriarch
Let us pray
Please pray for increased participation by various church groups and for this to be truly an encouragement to unity and ``awakening'' in a land where there are very few Christians. Amen.