While in lockdown many congregations have leaned on prayer more than ever. Stirling Free Church made the decision early on to commit to 40 days of prayer and have seen God not only answer those prayers but use the resources of the church to bless others around their community, nation and across the world.
As churches began to close their doors in the middle of March the Stirling congregation introduced a daily Prayer meeting online which was open to all. Serving as a way to connect with one another while socially distanced, it also helped to focus their minds on seeking God through prayer.
These informal daily prayer meetings eventually led to a commitment of 40 days of prayer for the needs of their city and more widely across the world.
Teaming up with former members of the church who had moved abroad, they worked together to support them - both prayerfully and financially.
Collectively as a group of people they managed to raise many thousands of pounds to support and fund projects in Kenya, India and Peru in aid of those who are most vulnerable during this season of crisis. Funds were also raised to support a young family in Scotland who were recently bereaved.
Having reached their 40 day mark they weren't settled to leave it there but decided to press on and have now completed another 40 days.
Rev. Iain MacAskill said, " We will never forget these eighty days of prayer. The presence of God was tangible as we prayed for people and places throughout the world. We witnessed many prayers being answered in the most miraculous ways."