For the first time ever IronPrayer reached beyond the boundaries of the United States. A huge thank you to Pat Cooke-Rogers and Revd Stephen Fletcher for leading the charge to host an IronPrayer Service at IronMan United Kingdom on August 1. Much appreciation also goes to those who volunteered their time helping with the service and the aid station; to IM UK organizers who were very helpful and supportive throughout, especially with publicity; and to the IronPrayer crew back in the US who supplied logistical help and the all-important foundation of prayer support.
While Pat coordinated with race organizers and led prayer at the event, Revd Fletcher volunteered his church for the service, gave a great message and organized the worship and refreshments. As part of the program, Pat gave her testimony. That opened the flood gate and two other athletes in attendance spontaneously joined in and gave theirs as well. Several more athletes stayed for prayer after the service.
Wrote Pat, “One athlete at the service was a lapsed Christian who said he was greatly moved and encouraged by being there; another was a non-Christian who chose to stay for prayer ministry after the service.” Praise God for the opportunities to minister, encourage and reach out to those as yet outside the Kingdom!
One athlete took the time to contact Pat after the race to thank her and to say that, “After all the fuss surrounding the event has died down my enduring memory is of the hour or so I spent in the company of the people at the IronPrayer service…the warmth and love from the people really shone through. Pat also spoke to me at one of the run aid stations on Sunday, it may just be coincidence but the pain seemed to drift away after we spoke and my running seemed to get easier...”
1 Corinthians 13 v 7
“(Love) bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endures all things”
(Thank you to Pat for taking the time to pass along much of this information, and for letting God use you this way!)
Posted on Thu, October 15, 2009