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Yare Valley Filling Station called to shift up a gear 

Director of Call to Prayer Jill Gower challenged the Yare Valley Filling Station to get out of their comfort zone and live with the expectancy that it is normal to see God act. Kevin Gotts reports.

Jill Gower, Director of Call to Prayer was guest speaker at Yare Valley Filling Station on Thursday, November 17. The meeting, held in the new venue of Green Pastures Garden Centre, Bergh Apton, attracted almost sixty folk from various church backgrounds across the locality. 
After tasty refreshments, Yare Valley Filling Station Leader, Al Evans opened the meeting, followed by the worship band and an interview style testimony.
Jill spoke of her earlier church experience, which was revolutionised by visiting an Anglican Church while in South Africa.  She said: “I experienced the presence of Jesus in that church, where people really loved God and each other.”
She continued: “This has become my expectation of church, and despite stepping into a spiritual battlefield, I have seen the reality of God for myself and my children, with signs and wonders.”
Relating to current economic and political events, she said: “This world is crazy right now.  Two scriptures come to mind. Habakkuk 1:5, ‘Look at the nations and watch –and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.’ and Haggai 2:6-7, ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and dry land.  I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord Almighty.’
Jill encouraged the audience to live a Christian life in which it was normal to have an expectancy of God acting, evidenced by many people overseas and in the UK having visions of Jesus.  She said: “People are looking for reality - reaching out with the power of Jesus, without judgemental attitudes.  We need to look at things differently, we have that choice.  Get out of our comfort zones; wherever we are God can use us, just bite the bullet and bless others, even if they treat you badly.  God will break through.”
She spoke of opportunities for going onto the streets to meet and share, as many people feel a vacuum in their lives but going into a church for them may feel uncomfortable. 
“Being on the street and 'soaking of an area' in prayer both go together.  With our prayer ministry Ffald-y-Brenin we expect an atmosphere of change, with light overcoming darkness.”
Jill referred to another prayer strand, Bethel Sozo, where there is a deep connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, rather like “catching the wave”. “True Christianity is about a relationship with Jesus.”
She said: ““Lord what unusual thing will you do today?" This is a quote from a zany speaker, and is an encouragement to us.  With an attitude of blessing and prayer we can speak out the good things of what God is doing.  This releases the things of our sovereign God, and we can say we trust you right now and you will turn things around.”
Jill concluded, “God wants to empower each of us, each has a role and responsibility, not just church leaders, it comes up from the ground, for example, the Filling Station network and local Houses of Prayer. Let’s be ready, shift up a gear and get involved as God is on the move doing new things.”
The next Yare Valley Filling Station meeting is January 19, 2017.  For details contact Al Evans on 07760 770797.
Photo by Kevin Gotts 

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