Since DOVE acquired 1.3 acres of prime land in Nairobi seven years ago, the vision for a Prayer Center has been burning in our hearts. God has patiently taken us through a time of waiting, preparation and adjustment of the vision. Sometimes it feels like things are taking too long!
In terms of preparation, we have been on a journey as a church family of learning to pray. The tent that is now on the property, with cracks that allow rain from the top and ‘cold’ wind from the sides, is not a place that would attract many people from outside the DOVE family or internationally for that matter. But within our Nairobi congregation, intercessors are taking the mantle of prayer very seriously. The tent is used regularly for early morning intercession, lunch-time prayer gatherings, evening prayer meetings and all night prayer vigils. Apart from these group prayer times, many individuals come in and out of the tent throughout the day for intercessory interludes.
As far as the vision for 24/7 prayer, the primary modification is that the House of Prayer will be part of a larger center, ‘The DOVE Center’, that includes a conference center, rental offices and a guest house. This model integrates our life-long passion for Africa to break free from the spirit of dependency and rise to a platform of both financial and spiritual Kingdom prosperity, with the vision for a place of prayer and praise. With a conference center, guest rooms and offices as part of the overall plan, income can be generated to support the operations of the House of Prayer as well as other Kingdom ventures toward holistic and sustainable development.
Despite all the prayers, however, I would be honest in saying that sometimes I feel like this might never actually come to pass. In February, a combined team from Morningstar Ministries and Kingdom Business Association lifted our faith to believe that funds for The DOVE Center will come in, and will come in soon. Team members presented these requests before the throne, and also gave sacrificially to propel the fund raising phase to a higher level.
Please join us to pray toward a DOVE Africa House of Prayer for the nations!