From Stacey Gotham:
What do I do before I prayer walk or work at the pop up pantry (P.U.P.)? I pray. I pray regularly for my person of peace (P.O.P.) A person who is far from God; yet, close to me. Why do I ask God to send me a P.O.P.? So I can do as Jesus instructed the disciples to do in Matthew 28:19: “Therefore, go and make disciples.” I pray so that my heart may be open to care for and to share the stories of hope along with my testimonies. With this person, I pray for the direction of the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to see the unseen and my ears to hear the unspoken. I pray and ask the Holy Spirit to allow me to be a vessel through which He works. “…He will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2Timothy 2:21) My first time prayer walking was in June. A new experience and very touching as the Holy Spirit spoke through me to people and circumstances I knew nothing about. These prayers were from the Spirit, not me. This led to working at the P.U.P. Again, as I waited upon the Lord, He moved me in mysterious ways. I was not of myself, yet it was me talking and praying with people. From day one, I felt a connection between the Hispanic speaking people and myself. Smiles were the way we communicated. August shows up and there is little more conversation and a prayer here and there. September’s around the corner and two Hispanic ladies wait for me to get done praying with others. I mean, they waited 5-10 minutes for me. One lady asked if I could pray for her friend. They waited for me even though I speak very little Spanish. I asked questions and was given insight from the Holy Spirit into the direction of prayer. I asked another team member to join us in prayer. We experienced something come over us similar to the fire of the Holy Spirit. “…While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message… For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” (Acts 10:44, 46) “...because each one heard their own language being spoken…" (Acts 2:6) I have not experienced this before. I followed up with one of the women two weeks later. In October I not only had the same two women to pray with, they were calling others to join our circle of prayer, now we are at five Hispanic people. These women had no hesitation to come and hold hands so they could receive the words and blessings of the Holy Spirit. Why do I pray for the direction of the Holy Spirit? Why do I care and why do I want to bring hope to people in this community? I care because Jesus cares for me and wants me to pass on that care for others. I pray so that the Holy Spirit can guide me in caring and sharing with this community of believers and non-believers. I pray, care, and share because I want to "pass on an obedient relationship with Christ in our community." God will lead you, as well, as you open yourself to Him.