Monday, October 12, 2020
August 2020 What a year 2020 has been! We started the year with a “Room 24” event at our house on New Year’s Eve. We had a great time together. The 24 hours was marked by “joy” and we felt that the Lord was gifting us with “joy” for the year to come. Thinking back, we believe the “joy of the the Lord” has been our strength! We had two additional 24 hour events, first in January at Restoration Community Ministries in Phoenix and at Adina’s home in Tucson in February 2020. At RCM we focused on love using Matt 22:36-40 as our focus and at Adina’s we pressed in to worship the Father “in Spirit and Truth”. We did not know at the time how much we would rely on these scriptures in 2020. March began the “COVID” months. Our initial response was to wait, so we postponed our March event. But then, by April, we saw another pressing need at the hospitals. We rallied the troops to pray at the hospital sites in Tucson. These meetings continued weekly in April and May. Along with the rest of the world, we got familiar with Zoom and started having our Tuesday prayer meetings at home. The phone calls were blessed and provided us the connection we longed for. We were empowered and decided to use Zoom for our April 24 hour event. We did this again in May for the National Day of Prayer event. I don’t think any of us really expected that we would be living this pandemic experience for so long. June and July passed quickly, as some started vacations and other projects, but we always maintained that Tuesday night prayer. I think we were all hoping to return to “normal”, but here it is August and we really have evolved to a “new normal”. The prophetic words coming from the church have confirmed this. Whatever our immediate future, we can all count on this - the past as we know it has changed forever - and we are walking in the new thing God has for us. Well, the desire to pray together has not gone away even though many other activities have. For now, we have scheduled a smaller gathering in August that will include zoom coverage. And slowly we grow, step by step, into His plans for us. God willing, we will be gathering again for “The Return”, a global day of prayer scheduled for Sept 26th on the national mall in DC. We are still holding the format lightly and leaving plenty of room for adjustments. Jesus, we believe You are in all of this - that your will for us has not changed. Lord, open our ears, that we can hear what you are saying to the churches!