Sunday, 5th December, 7 pm we had our first United Prayer Night for Ireland here in the NAZ. In spite of the wintery weather conditions the turnout was really encouraging, but even more encouraging was the atmosphere of love and unity in the meeting. I had asked all the pastors form the different Christian Churches in Greystones to put some prayer points in writing and introduce the respective sessions from the front, which they did. (Two pastors couldn’t attend due to other commitments). We started the meeting off with some reflective worship songs and focusing on the character of God. Then we took time to pray for the Spiritual Situation of Ireland, Ireland’s Churches and Parachurch-Organizations, Ireland’s Political and Economical Situation, and our local Situation in Greystones. I believe that united prayer is something that gives joy to the heart of God. It certainly was a great encouragement to me.
A few weeks ago a team of 5 people from our Church attended the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) in Dublin – a conference dealing with issues of Leadership in the Church and in the business world. I always get inspired and challenged by conferences like this, and I usally come back with a pile of new books. This year was no exception. Currently I am reading 4 books simultaniously and enjoying them all very much. I also always get a thrill out of discovering a new author whith whom I would resonate. This year I have discovered a new one: Andy Stanley. His book “The Principle of the Path” (2008, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennesee) is a brilliant read and a well of insight and wisdom.