“Prayer does not equip us for greater works – prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some common sense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God… Prayer is the battle, and it makes no difference where you are.”
-Oswald Chamber, My Utmost for His Highest
Prayer is a integral part of ministry, according to Oswald Chambers, in his devotional book My Utmost for His Highest, “…prayer is the greater work… …prayer is the battle…”. And it is an aspect of the ministry that we take very seriously here at One Mission Society.
Once a month the body of OMS missionaries gather for a Half Day of Prayer. This is a special time of fellowship, worship, and intercession before the throne of God on behalf of our ministries around the world and especially on behalf of the One Billion people that OMS has a vision of sharing the gospel with over the next 10 years. What made this prayer time different, and the reason that I am highlighting it in this email, was that we invited our ministries from around the world and our ministry partners to join us in prayer LIVE through the use of LiveStream (or on tape delay if their timezone did not allow them to join us LIVE).
The OMS AV team was heavily involved in making this event a success. I helped coordinate the event as well as plan, set-up, and operate the LiveStream broadcast. The newest member of our team, Michael Gearhart, worked directly with Shirley Carlson, the director of our prayer ministry, to produce the visual elements used during the broadcast (graphics and video).
I would love to say that our broadcast went off without a hitch, I can’t, we had some audio issues at the beginning of the event. But these were quickly ironed out and the remainder of the event went smoothly. We had individuals joining us LIVE from Scotland, Mozambique, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, and various locations around the US.
*Photos taken by Benjamin Taber with a Canon 5d mk iV, panoramas taken by iPhone 6.