Prayer Tents, Balloons, and Tea Parties

July 09, 2014


The Central Brazil Union Conference held a conference-wide Ten Days of Prayer and Fasting, February 13-22, 2014.  Area churches were creative in their methods to involve members and non-members alike in prayer. Read some of their experiences below:   

In Juquiers ublic areas and handed out free copies of the book, The Great Hope. They offered to pray with people passing by, and even offered home visitations for those interestedForty people requested prayer and registered to have someone visit them in their home.  One lady was baptized as a result of the prayer tent in the town of Praça Eliene Vieira Santo.
The Mangueiras Church, in Tatuí, São Paulo, along with many other churches, opened their doors at 5:00 a.m. for an houof meditation and prayer, and had a 6:00 a.m. prayer meeting. Higor Soares Diniz, a 13-year-old boy, walked 20 minutes every day to the church. “It was great to participate in the 10 Days of Prayer,” he says. “I had wandered away from God and today I trust in Him and read my Bible every day. When I wake up, I have my prayer and praise the Lord." Nearly 120 people participated in the 6:00 a.m. morning prayer and worship every day, and fasted for 10 hours on Sabbath.

Ida Maria Putti Zillig reports that she was a woman of much prayer but, after her husband died, she didn’t see any purpose in living, and lost the desire to pray. After participating in the morning prayer and Bible study, peace and hope changed her story. "It was tremendous to be here in the church early in the morning. I learned to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, which moved my heart to the things that need to be changed in my life. God revived what was dead within me," says Putti Zillig.  
One church chose to have members place their prayer requests inside balloons. The balloons were then inflated and exchanged among the members to pray for each other’s requests. A number of churches decorated a prayer room where members could come and go at will.

Youth groups visited and prayed with households in the neighborhood near the Church. Women's groups visited nursing homes and orphanages offering prayer and encouraging them. Many churches at the beginning of the 10 Days of Prayer had a “secret friend," whom they prayed for during the 10 days, and then revealed the friend on the last day of prayer. Several churches opened their doors to the community during the 10 Days of Prayer. Some churches also held health fairs. After the 10 Days of Prayer, some held a Sunday tea, as part of their outreach program. On the last day of the Ten Days of Prayer, some churches held a spiritual retreat.
On February 22, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South São Paulo launched a 30-day intercessory prayer program, where members were encouraged to pray for 30 days for three people who were not part of the congregation. During that time, pastors and leaders trained members on visitation, winning people to Christ, how to give Bible studies, and how to help new members remain in the church, thus empowering them for ministry.

  Church members praying with passers-by in
  the prayer tent set up at a health fair. 
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