Are you called to pray with SOMA?
If you are, think you may be, would like to be or are exploring if you are, then do contact us!
Prayer and intercession is the “hidden” half of SOMA’s ministry, and we are always keen to hear from people who would like to pray regularly. Prayer for SOMA and its people is always welcome, whether by individuals or groups, within services or other gatherings. SOMA produces a Daily Prayer Diary which covers Teams in their preparations and during their time abroad, as well remembering key people and events in the Anglican community around the world. Go here find out about our Daily Prayer Diary
SOMA Intercessors take on a vital commitment, are an absolutely indispensable part of SOMA’s ministry, and play an invaluable and deeply appreciated role at home whenever SOMA Teams are abroad. Our Intercessors are sustained by regular Prayer Briefings and they support Teams with live, two-way information by email when SOMA Teams are abroad. For more information about becoming more deeply involved in intercession, contact Stephen Dinsmore
How Intercession works on a Mission
Prayer cover is essential for any SOMA mission and works like this: Each member of a SOMA Team recruits personal Intercessors whose role is to pray for them in particular for the week before and during the mission, and for the month afterwards. The Team member appoints one of these Intercessors as the link person between them and our SOMA Intercessors’ Coordinator for the mission, maintaining contact with your personal intercessors by email.
The personal Intercessors receive from the link person emails from our SOMA Intercessors’ Coordinator which contain news and requests from the Team. In return, the link people email the SOMA coordinator the insights, words, pictures, scriptures etc that the personal Intercessors get as they cover each Team member in prayer. The coordinator then passes these onto the Team on mission.
SOMA Intercessor – what’s it like?
SOMA Intercessor Helen has had a calling to prayer for several decades, particularly to Intercede for Christian Leaders. Not much of a traveller, nonetheless Helen felt very much a part of the SOMA Team abroad she was supporting in prayer – and the Leader and Team felt her an integral and vital part of the Team too.
“If I ever had doubts of being part of an Intercessor team I have none at all now!” – Get Involved
A canopy of peace!
Intercessor and Team member Clemency reflects on her first SOMA mission.
“As I am neither a teacher nor a preacher, I was not sure what I could contribute when SOMA UK director Stephen Dinsmore invited me to join the Mission to Bungoma, Kenya. Asked what I could do, I said intercession, so I went as an intercessor. This role gave me a marvellous freedom to be fully involved in the Team, yet without the responsibility of giving a talk. I listened and watched, and found that my spiritual senses were fully alert.
A friend had said, before I went, that I should find Africa ‘a thin place’, where I might hear and sense the nudges of the Holy Spirit more clearly than at home.
At the clergy conference in Bungoma, I experienced amazing examples of this. On the first day I was sitting at the side of the hall with other team members, one of whom was speaking. I was suddenly conscious that the hot gale blowing outside was crashing all the windows on the far side of the hall, so violently that glass broke. I thought: ‘There’s a disruptive spirit in that wind’, so I went round and said, very quietly, ‘In the Name of Christ, peace, be still’. Suddenly, there was complete calm, as if the Lord had thrown an invisible blanket over the outside wall of the building. Yet in the distance I could see trees still bending and swaying in the gale.
The second disruption was a flock of young chickens, which wandered in very perturbed and making a good deal of noise. I helped usher them out, and for a while all was quiet.
Later, a single, violent, gust of wind blew along the corridor leading to the entrance of the building and the front door slammed with a terrific bang. It was as if the disruptive spirit had finally been defeated and gone out in a sulk, slamming the door as it went!
After that, I had the sense of a canopy of peace resting over the building and the conference for the rest of the week.
In the diocesan clergy training centre, someone had painted a cross high on the wall. While the talks continued I spent time standing under that cross, praying – not so much a watchman on the wall as a watchman by the wall. Team members who were speaking appreciated this. One spoke on spiritual warfare which featured a relevant and very powerful testimony and, about halfway through, as the atmosphere seemed peaceful, I wondered whether I could go and sit down. Immediately the thought came: ‘No, stay where you are!’ So I did. Truly, the Lord was with us, watching over every move…”