The prayer in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 12, 2013 concluded this year’s quartet of regional SFG prayers. Many people came from Canada, New York, Tennessee, Michigan, and all over the region gathered at the church of Pastor Victor Yazikov for the prayer. The prayer began at roughly 2 o’clock on the sunny, Saturday afternoon.
Brother Yaroslav Olesh from Syracuse was the first to speak, encouraging us to prepare our hearts for the service. Following him, Brother Tolik Puts from Cleveland shared a message with us of the goodness of our Savior and the importance of prayer in our lives. Though the church was small and it was a bit tight with all the people there, the power and presence of the Holy Spirit was felt, especially when Brother Jacob from India shared how God healed him as a young boy and called him to be a missionary. Following this powerful message was yet another powerful message from God through Alex Semenenko from Pittsburgh. The service came to an end after prayers of repentance, prayers for spiritual renewal, and answering God’s call to ministry. All together the service lasted four hours and was a true blessing for all.
After the service, everyone was treated to a deliciously prepared meal, courtesy of the hospitable women of the local church. Old friends were reunited, new friends made, and existing friendships were tightened. After this blessed day of prayer and spiritual renewal, some youth continued their fellowship at a bonfire, others explored the city, while others set out for home. We are thankful to God for giving us such opportunities to renew our faith, build ourselves up spiritually, and to get to know others believing in the Lord Jesus Christ!