Prayer is such a great way to start the New Year, and I've been pleased to participate in the prayer and fasting emphasis of PAG this week. I went to the District Day of Prayer on Tuesday, even though the weather was not very cooperative; we had a very good time of prayer and encouragement among the pastors and leaders that were there.

The District Day of Prayer is always one of my favorite days of the year. I like the purpose: to consecrate ourselves as ministers before the Lord here at the beginning of 2009, to receive a fresh vision for the work we do, and to renew ourselves in the Lord's presence together as a corporate body. We often have small group prayer at the camp, a time of personal reflection and prayer, a time of worship, and a time of proclaiming God's Word. It's a good way to get victory over the leftover mess of the previous year!

I also enjoy reconnecting with pastor and missionary friends that I haven't seen in a few months, and Tuesday was no exception. My brother and I carpooled, so we stopped at Sister Goggin-Bartles' cabin for a few minutes of blessing. She has been such a huge influence on my life, and I hope I've lived worthy of the counsel she's always given me.
Ariel Rainey