This summer saw the UK rise up in an astonishing wave of prayer. More Than Gold co-ordinated prayer and inspired and encouraged churches to work together in reaching out to their communities as the Olympic flame travelled across the country and throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Churches across the UK served their communities, welcomed visitors and blessed people just as Jesus would have done. An estimated 500,000 attended church-organised community festivals. The More Than Gold Athlete Family Homestay Programme hosted 280 guests from 20+ nations in 160 homes for 2,000 nights of free hospitality. The athletes supported won a total of 45 medals including 8 gold.
300 Games Pastors provided 13,000 hours of service to travellers at 24 locations including ten major rail stations, two airports, a coach station and key tourist sites. 30+ teams of 350 musicians and creative artists from 30 nations in 40 venues contributed 440 hours of live performance and 434 days of exhibitions.
Over 2,100 volunteers from 40+ countries worked with about 300 churches distributing 225,000+ Olympic and Christian pin badges during conversations, water distribution and as a gift to travellers. And much much more.
The More Than Gold team have collated the many ways in which God has answered the prayer requests shared through the Daily Prayer Guide which ran from 14th May to 29th September. The team want to honour the Lord and encourage the whole body of Christ who was involved in praying this summer. We know there were thousands of people whom the Holy Spirit prompted to pray for many different things, and who did not necessarily use this. But we trust that this will encourage many people to press on and in as we continue to stand in the gap and contend for our lands! You can find this document on our World Prayer Centre website http://www.worldprayer.org.uk/files/2012/10/Answered-Prayers-from-The-Prayer-Baton-Relay.pdf . ‘This is God’s work. We rub our eyes – we can hardly belive it! Thank God- He’s so good’ Psalm 118:23,25 (The Message)