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Eric to spend 90th birthday in prayer marathon

EricSaunders3502010: A Norwich Christian is planning a very special way to celebrate his 90th birthday – he will spend 12 hours in a prayer marathon and he is inviting other people to join him.
Eric Saunders, who is a member of New Hope Christian Centre in Lakenham, Norwich, said: “In recognition, in a small way, of the wonderful blessings my Father God has bestowed upon me over the past 90 years, I am planning, on my birthday on April 24, to spend 12 hours of that day in prayer and thanksgiving. I am thinking of praying from 6am onwards.
“After 80 years in the Anglican church, for various reasons I wandered into New Hope one Sunday and there I have been, a happy clappy, charismatic evangelical for the past ten years.
“Shortly after my arrival in New Hope, my Father God made me the gift of the Holy Spirit and my life was changed for the rest of my days.  Prayer is the centre of my life activity, a great deal of my time is spent with the Street Pastors, for whom I am a prayer pastor,” said Eric.
“Some three years ago I became registered with severe sight impairment.  From that time I have receive tremendous help from associations caring for the blind and particularly from my local friends, the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB).
“I am inviting people to share in my prayer marathon. It will be of tremendous joy to me were they to do so in a couple of ways.  Most importantly, to supply me with prayer requests for people or events, close to their hearts, which they would wish me to include in my prayers. Please bring them in person and join me for a few moments in prayer, by all means or send them to me by post or e-mail. They will be warmly welcomed.
“Secondly, please sponsor me in my marathon by making a donation to that wonderful charity organisation the NNAB."
You can contact Eric at 2 Boniface Close. Norwich, NR4 6DD on 01603 456007 or 0786 660 5674 or at

You can find out more about NNAB and donate online at


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