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Together in Taupo

June 12, 2015

"The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, “Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord….” Zechariah 8:21

It was a joy to share, pray and worship in Taupo a few days ago with leaders from Taupo, Tepuke, Tauranga, Te Awamutu, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wanganui and Hawera. As each group shared something of what they saw God doing in their city or town, one story built on another. Stories of a rising tide of united prayer, combined church activities, Christians gathering to bless their city or town etc. At the same time leaders felt free to share some of their pressing needs as we worshipped and prayed for one another and the cities/towns they represented. It really was an awesome day for which we give praise to God.

Here is some of the feedback:

‘It was a great day on Thursday - everyone seemed fully engaged and appreciated all that went on’.

‘We had a wonderful time on Thursday. It was such a privilege to be among so many men and women of God who have a heart for their cities and actively doing something about that. The corporate worship was awesome and the prayer and prophecy that we received for our town was so encouraging’.

‘As far as ecumenical/inter-denominational endeavours go, last Thursday was a smash hit for me. Catholics, Baptists, AOG, Lutherans and Apostolics, all in a room worshiping and Kingdom-dreaming together… outstanding!’

Our tanks were filled with thanksgiving for the day. The takeaway for me, was simply the need to persevere with preserving the Unity of the Spirit. To hear of the progress in places, the practical ideas some have employed, and yet hear honestly of the obstacles that pastors particularly have, was actually heartening, in that it is common across the board.’

There is much to give thanks for currently in Aotearoa. God is at work in many different ways. My mind goes to Song of Solomon 2:13, from the Passion Translation, ‘Can you discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of My purposes and plans are bursting forth all around you’.

Until next time.

God Bless.