ANGEL TIEBAS, MISSIONARY WITH LONDON CITY MISSION, IS BRINGING CHURCHES IN ISLINGTON TOGETHER TO PRAY FOR THOSE PEOPLE LOCALLY YET TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
In my 29 years in LCM, I have found that when you encourage believers to pray for folk to come to faith, you can see a momentous shift from the concept that evangelism is the responsibility of the evangelist or a select few to the biblical concept that mission is for the whole church.
Like everywhere else, churches in Islington where I am based had to adapt to huge setbacks in 2020 with many key ministries and services having to close temporarily.
With this in mind I have been working on an initiative with the churches that I am in contact with, encouraging them to intercede for revival across our borough.
The feedback in these early days has been quite thrilling with churches expressing an interest with prayer walks.
I attend an early Monday morning prayer meeting with the pastor and leadership team of Kings Cross Baptist. They have held a day of prayer and fasting for revival and spiritual awakening for the borough of Islington.
Another church, Cross Street Baptist Church, videos their prayer walks and distributes them online via a WhatsApp group, encouraging folk to either pray for the homes that surround the church or pray for the streets where they live.
We also prayed for the Providence Court Estate, which is mostly social housing. We met a person who had suffered a bereavement and the minister chatted with them.
Another church, Ichthus Islington Church, prayer walked the large Hyde Village estate.
We found a great opportunity to pray for the estate, and people from the church offered to pray for people on the streets saying, ‘we are from Ichthus Church doing a prayer walk, is there anything we could pray for you? The minister liked my idea of videoing prayer walks to be sent to a WhatsApp group and for other churches to see what is happening.
At a recent prayer meeting in an church in Islington, there was a real sense that the Lord wanted to birth prayer groups across the whole borough to prayer for two things – first Spiritual awakening in the borough, and second, spiritual revival.
Recently we were able to pray with the minister of a local church and their assistant (town hall, local tube station, fire station, local shops, local churches and estates). The minister videoed the event to screen on Sunday to motivate and encourage his congregation in prayer and proactive evangelism.
I am extremely delighted in what the Lord is doing and is going to do through the local churches with the support of the London City Mission for the glory of God.
We share great excitement that the Lord is going to bring a spiritual breakthrough in the days to come and my prayer is that it will be replicated across London and the UK.