How can you equip young believers that want to serve the church in a non-Christian area ripped apart by conflict? Grace, a teacher from Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) shares with us about her work and experience doing just that: The first month of this semester has already passed at BBC. In one of my spirituality lectures, I was discussing with my students about the importance of prayer as the first discipline of the course we’re studying. I could see many guilty faces looking at me. Some of my students perhaps haven’t prayed in a long time, and for others, the concept of talking to God like one would talk to a friend is completely alien. I had their complete attention while I was going through my Power Point presentation slides; but there is technically no point in talking about praying and not actually practicing it. Bring it on! Towards the end of the class we had a time of prayer where everyone had the chance to talk to God and say anything they wanted in their prayers. Many of these first year students prayed this way for the very first time in their lives. When everyone was finished, one of the students commented joyfully: “For the past 23 years of my life, I’ve been praying the same prayer I learned at my church, I’ve been repeating the same couple of sentences for all those years, but I am so happy that I now understand what it means to talk to God.” It is very important to continually remind one another of the importance of prayer. When you live in the little town of Bethlehem, it is easy to look around and get discouraged. It is easy to keep your eyes focused on the circumstances rather than God. People, things, circumstances and aspects of nature change, but God doesn’t. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is steady in His love towards us; He yearns for us to be close to Him. He desires for us not only to be alive but thrive in Him and through Him. When prayer underpins everything we do, miracles happen, lives change, students grow, walls fall down and Jesus is glorified. When was the last time YOU prayed? This quick glance into what life is like in Bethlehem can be an encouragement to believers around the world, and challenge us, as well, to be a people committed to prayer. These kinds of programs that help create disciples are ones that Open Doors will continue to invest in and take great joy in being a part of! Please join us as we continue to lift up these believers in Bethlehem as we pray for their strength and joy to come solely from God.
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