Josh Wheeler – The Message Trust Yorkshire Hub
Thank you so much for staying with us this far on our two weeks of prayer campaign for Higher Yorkshire. I wanted to take a little bit of time to share with you some of the stories that have happened since we began this prayer campaign to encourage you that your prayers make a huge difference.
First of all, we have seen a tidal wave of interest in the Leeds and Bradford area. We had been a little concerned about this area before we started this prayer campaign. We had no schools booked and only a few positive leads. Within a week of this prayer campaign we had four schools in the Leeds/Bradford area book on and we now have another 15 schools who have all expressed an interest in booking the tour. Thank you Jesus! We also have had many key contacts get in touch with us who could open up more opportunities into schools. It really feels like God is moving powerfully through the schools and churches in this area and we are keen to ensure we keep riding this wave.
We have also held three prayer nights and one launch event in the last 10 days which over 250 people have joined us at to pray into the mission. We had some powerful prophetic words spoken at these events, one of which was about getting into a particular school that we have been trying to access for the last 18 months but it is notoriously hard to get into. Just a couple of days later they invited us in to pitch Higher.
We’ve also heard of young people setting up prayer groups to pray for their schools as they want to be making an impact in their communities. This is the stuff we dream about; disciples making disciples. Linking into this we also have our Youth Conferences taking place this weekend and next weekend. They are events all aimed at training up young people to be culture shifting disciples; to give them the tools and encouragement they need to impact their schools, communities and work places. Tickets are just £5 and available now. If you have young people in your church we would strongly encourage you to get them there for a day of inspiration and commissioning. https://highertour.com/locations/yorkshire-2019/
We now have 18 schools booked on and 36 schools who have expressed an interest in booking Higher throughout South and West Yorkshire. This could be huge! I’ve always been challenged by Luke 5:15-16 ‘crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.’ In the height of the business, in the middle of the mission Jesus often made conscious decisions to leave it all behind and spend time in prayer. As we head towards crunch point with Higher Yorkshire please continue to both advance with us in mission and retreat with us in prayer.
The Higher Yorkshire team are hosting five prayer events in the next two weeks and we’d love it if you came to the event nearest you. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
17 January – Wakefield Higher Prayer Night – New Life Church, WF1 1DL – 7:30pm – 9pm