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The World Day of Prayer service in Goldthorpe was held at Goldthorpe Parish Church this morning. The service was prepared by Christians from Zimbabwe:

The service looked at John 5:2-9 and the healing of a paralysed man. The man had been ill for 38 years and probably felt powerless, hence Jesus’s question ‘Do you want to be made well?’ We have to be willing to believe that God can intervene in our hopeless situations. Zimbabwe has faced many years of political unrest and injustice, but Christians are called to pray for love, peace and reconciliation, no matter how difficult situations may look.

Jesus told the man to ‘rise! Take your mat and walk!‘ The dialogue between Jesus and the man take us beyond the realm of physical healing and remind us that we should not be afraid to act on the word of God. God offers us the steps for personal and social transformation.

Our thanks to the ladies from Goldthorpe Parish Church for hosting the event, to Ann Crooks for playing the piano and to all who attended and gave £55.05 to the work of WWDP.