Every Wednesday night one hour is set aside for family prayer at the ZOE Children’s Home. This past week I was blessed to be able to experience my first prayer night since our short term trip to Thailand in 2006. Talk about an amazing experience! Prayer night is not only an excellent time to be with God, but it is also a time for all the ZOE family to be together. The family includes all missionaries, house parents, Thai staff, Bible school students and, of course, the children.
We started off by praying for the 2011 year graduates of Bible school then continued to pray for each other and whatever was on our hearts. Another cool thing about prayer night is the atmosphere. During prayer time all the lights are turned down low and a worship CD is played. Some people walk around the worship room while others sit in chairs or on the floor or kneel down. Prayers can be heard in English, Thai, Burmese, Karen, Lahu, Lisu, and Akha.
Some of the sweet ZOE kids came up to me and laid hands on me. Though I didn’t understand most of what they said, I could feel the power of each one’s prayer. Toward the end of the hour-long prayer time I opened my eyes and saw light flashing through the windows from outside, and it wasn’t the cops. Rather, in the midst of our prayer time an unusual thunderstorm had been let loose. It was so cool: almost as if the lightning was synced with the music! Each time we go up to ZOE is a new and exciting adventure and we are thrilled to be a part of the awesome plans in store for everyone there. — Elli