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African Prayer Event in Edinburgh

Monday February 24 2020

An African-style prayer weekend is to take place in Edinburgh in May, in advance of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The event at Davidson’s Mains Church will involve fasting, prayer and worship throughout the night. It is being organised by Dr Ibidun Daramola, a Church of Scotland minister from Nigeria, following discussions among the church’s African ministers and the 2018 World Mission Council report on Lessons for Scotland from the Christian Faith in Africa.

Dr Daramola, who completed her training in 2018 and has been working as a locum minister in the north east while awaiting a call to a full charge, said: “At this crucial point in the history of our national church, all who have any connection with it will experience huge change as a result of the Radical Action Plan. In trusting the Lord to guide us through this discerning process there was a particular call to prayer throughout our church over the autumn and early winter.  

“A group of African ministers within the  Church of Scotland met recently to examine changes from their perspective. Unsurprisingly the discussion centred on the Lessons for Scotland from Christian Faith in  Africa Report, anticipating that in continuing to undergird this vital work of prayer, the Church in Scotland may adapt and be vitally encouraged in fresh ways, which can be learned from the African Church. I reminded them as the meeting rounded off, that church growth in Africa is rooted in consistent, concerted, intense and continuous prayers and that the authority and Personhood of the Holy Spirit is to be called on with persistence if we expect similar results.

“As a result of the Lord’s prompting, I am inviting all within the Church of Scotland to come together for a weekend of prayer.

“However, it is very important to state that the weekend forum will take on a typically African format and flavour of prayer and praying. It will entail a day to fast (abstaining from food from 6am-6pm). It will include two nights of eight hours prayer each. There will be a good time for people to sleep but we will pray and worship through the night.”

The event takes place from 5pm on Friday May 1 until the morning of Sunday May 3 in Davidson’s Mains Parish Church, and is open to all. You can register free at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prayer-the-african-style-tickets-95907206035 or for more details contact Ibidun on idaramola@churchofscotland.org.uk  or Jennie Chinembiri, African and Caribbean Secretary with the Faith Impact Forum, on jchinembiri@churchofscotland.org.uk 


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