A Prayer Appeal to Leaders

A Prayer Appeal to Leaders

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Half way through the first month of 2016, I thought to remind you of the importance of our annual prayer initiative, “Pray Until Something Happens” (P.U.S.H.). Five years ago, our union family commenced this prayer initiative recognizing that as a fledgling organization we needed to stay connected to our Divine Leader, Christ Jesus, for His enabling power.  And, He did not fail us! Undeniably, through much prayer, we have experienced His stabilizing force as He helped us to confront and overcome challenges, obstacles, and limitations in the pursuit of our objectives. However, in going forward, we need to keep praying. Accordingly, I implore you field leaders, directors, pastors and elders to ensure that attention is given to this prayer initiative. If you need additional prayer cards, you may download from the Union’s web page.
 
Why a Union-wide Initiative
Prayer keeps us focused on God, as He alone can supply our needs and give solutions to the many issues we face. Also, through prayer we are accorded a special privilege of communing with God.
Additionally, prayer serves to unite us awakening a sense of concern and interest in one another. To explain, during the first two weeks of 2016 thus far, we spent the first seven days praying for a General Conference initiative, “Total Member Involvement” (TMI). And during the latter period, the concentration was on the IAD’s initiative, “Lord Transform Me.”  Next week, the focus will be on our local fields, beginning with the Cayman Island Conference. Our union in terms of its fields, institution, personnel and resources will only be known to the extent that you share and promote it.  I am requesting that as leaders you become more intentional in promoting this initiative beyond your newsletter and or bulletin. I call for you to take the lead in ensuring that prayers are offered for the various emphases in your fields, conventions, committees, boards, churches and workers’ meetings, etc.
 
We Must Be Growing
Some of the happenings at our recent union session underscored the need for added maturity. Even our Division president stressed that fact in remarks he made on the floor of the session during a question and answer period. It is so important that we respect one another and the structures of the church. Five years later we must demonstrate that we are not only grateful for our union, but we are capable of managing our affairs having come from our mother union, the former West Indies Union. Therefore, our deliberate attention to daily and sincere prayer will bring us closer thus creating a sense of family and belonging. Thereby, we will not only respect one another but the wider organizations such as the Division and General Conference. It is not “us and them” but one people, one church, and our members at the local church must have this understanding. Also, you as officers, directors, pastors and elders can assist by your example.
 
Keeping Focused
Above all, I remind you, my fellow colleagues in service that it is absolutely necessary that we remind ourselves why we exist as a church, field, union, division, or GC. It is clearly stated in Revelation 14:6-12. We must be about uplifting Christ, His high priestly role, His judgment, His law, His call to separate from salvation by works, His call to grace and His second return. What a privilege! and I add, the ATCU Prayer Card 2016 reminds us of this fact. Therefore, I encourage you to pray, pray, pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).  P.U.S.H!