A small team from YWAM Harpenden recently made their way down to Canterbury for an outreach focused on prayer and worship. It’s the first time that Forever, the team coordinating YWAM efforts for the 2012 Olympic Games, sent a prayer team to lay spiritual foundations for the UK in the build up to next year and beyond. Canterbury is not an Olympic host city, but as home base for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England, there was a sense from God that what happened in this city would flow out to the rest of the nation.
During the week the team spent some time in Dover, an important gateway into the UK; helped at a church family fun day; prayer walked the city; spent a whole night worshipping, praying, and reading the bible; had the chance to worship in the cathedral in a private chapel; and joined a local prayer network as they prayed along the river which runs through the city of Canterbury.
As well as encouraging the local believers, the team personally learned more about intercessory prayer and worship, spiritual atmospheres, and the power God’s name has in a place.
Hayley Bullen, who led the team, said, “Surprisingly the week wasn’t exhausting, we felt good at the end. A little like that tired but satisfied feeling you have after you’ve done a run or bike ride. I’m excited to see more teams coming to pray in this nation and for this nation over the next 18 months.”