PRAYING FOR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
TRANSFORMING THROUGH PRAYER B y Pa tt y H u t c h e n s The inner voice is something which cannot be described in words. But sometimes we have a positive feeling that something in us prompts us to do a certain thing. The time when I learnt to recognise this voice was, I may say, the time when I started praying regularly. M A H A T M A
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he power of prayer. For anyone who has experienced life’s little miracles, you know just how powerful the hand of God can be. And that is just what is taking place at Sandpoint High School due to a group of students who are doing what they can to make a positive difference.
and saw Sandpoint High School and the region itself saved and completely covered in prayer,” said Spencer, whose father is a local pastor and has influenced Spencer a great deal. “The reason I thought the high school would be a great place to do this is because it’s such a place of influence in the region.”
Students at Sandpoint High School have experienced a great deal of loss over the last couple of years. Reports of suicides, depression and bullying have been heartbreaking. But the response the students have had to these devastating events has been nothing short of uplifting.
After hearing stories of cities that have been changed or completely turned around through the use of prayer evangelism, Spencer wanted to do what he could to positively influence the lives of the students at Sandpoint High School.
One action taken was by Spencer Bassett, a junior at the high school, who began a prayer group just over a year ago. “I felt led to start the group when I got a vision last February
“Prayer evangelism in a nutshell is blessing people, fellowshipping with believers as well as non-believers, meeting their felt needs through prayer, and prophetically proclaiming that those needs have been met,” shared Spencer.
Because there is not any staff participation in the group and they meet after school, Spencer did not necessarily need to receive the permission from the faculty. But Principal Tom Albertson has been very supportive said Spencer. The group, which is focused on bettering the environment and blessing the school and region, is comprised of both male and female students who meet each Tuesday at 2:45 after school. According to Spencer, the students he has reached out to are very supportive of what he is doing. “Especially considering the suicides that have happened in the last year,” said Spencer. While Spencer leads the group, his friend Parker Mayo has been a huge part of it and has contributed a lot of time. “He was there