Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
March 30, 2009
Prayer group is changing lives
Men from Daysland area brought together after woman's vision of prayer
WCR PHOTO | CHRIS MILLER
Barry Kasha plays Amazing Grace during Family Faith in Practice.
Providing motivation for the men, mostly seniors, to attend was Mr. Orr's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease. The organizers anticipated plenty of men for this inaugural gathering, praying for their friend. Sure enough, nearly 30 invited family members and friends joined in to pray and give glory to God in worship.
But the prayer gathering was not a one-time event and the turnout has not dwindled. Week after week, the fellowship, conviviality and dialogue have been a welcome stimulus to the lives of the folks who reside there.
"Some people are coming now, I believe, from their own call from God," said Wolbeck.
He said that he has witnessed positive changes in himself and others since the men starting praying together.
"I believe that prayer moves mountains," said Wolbeck. "I believe that when men gather and pray, God listens. He hears the cries of the group of men praying because where two or more are gathered in his name, there's power."
Family Faith in Practice is held every Tuesday morning. Scripture, songs, the rosary, inspiring stories and intentions are included in the informal service, which attracts between 15 and 30 men every week.
Afterwards, the men enjoy fellowship in the foyer with coffee, snacks and laughter-filled conversation.
The men might take the prayer gathering a step further eventually, and start Bible studies or other spiritual ventures.
Ed Rostaing, 79, works physically every day but still makes time for the weekly prayer gathering.
"I was invited awhile back, and it's certainly a swell idea. I have no qualms about taking advantage of the opportunity," he said, wishing that more retired men in the area would come out to participate.
Barring unforeseen tasks, he always attends, and intends to keep coming as long as the prayer gathering exists.
"There's certainly the spiritual benefits because we seem to sort of neglect those in our daily lives," said Rostaing. "I'm sure happy that we have this group to get together as men.
"We do that as the Knights of Columbus, but it's only a select few in a sense. With this group, everybody shows up, and it doesn't matter if they're Protestant or Catholic."
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