24-hour prayer vigil held for Iowa Churches

24-hour prayer vigil held for Iowa Churches

April 18, 2022

A 24-hour prayer vigil was held last week for the people, the leaders, and the hope-seekers of the Iowa United Methodist churches as Easter approached. During this vigil, each 30-minute pray-er was given 15-16 churches from Ackley to Zearing.

"In a time of silent prayer driving down the road, I 'felt' prompted surround the people in prayer," said Associate Director for Congregational Excellence Rev. Ryan Christenson. "In particular, I know so many folks show up at Easter who wouldn’t usually be there, and it’s such an opportunity for our folks to be beacons of God’s hope in a struggling world."

Christenson reached out to conference staff, extension ministry staff and their families to complete the vigil. He divided the churches alphabetically into 48 different groups, and starting at noon April 13 prayers were lifted for each United Methodist church in the state.

Conference Nominations Secretary Barb Oakland took extra time to write to each of the pastors of the churches for whom she prayed.

"I used the directory to help me visualize each Easter celebration – music, spring flowers, balloons, and happy, caring, loving fellowship," she said. "It was a joy to picture and 'hear' what was ahead for those churches on Easter!"

She added that as she prayed she was "amazed and awed at how many people and churches I know personally from time spent across our Conference."