If Our People Will Pray


February, 2017


You are well aware of the many people in your Y family and larger community that need healing, and are facing sickness and disease. Our nation, as well, needs healing, peace, and unity—rather than social chaos and turmoil.

With those thoughts in mind, Angie Prenger, the CEO of the Long Branch Area YMCA in Macon, Missouri, has called her members and staff to join together in prayer—lifting up each other and our Nation for healing. Her desire is to honor our Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit through this effort.

She reminds everyone, “After all, our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

Angie, who is a member of the Board of Management of the US Mission Network, invited her members and staff to gather for “YMCA Prayer Circle” in her YMCA’s multipurpose room Tuesday, February 7 from 11 a.m. to noon. The focus of their united prayer time was very specific:

Photograph by Patrick Fore via Unsplash

“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” —2 Chronicles 7:14

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his woulds you have been healed.” —1 Peter 2:24

“…and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” —1 Corinthians 11:24

One of the 5 strategic initiatives of the US Mission Network is to “lead intentional efforts nationwide to encourage a culture of prayer within the YMCA movement”.

We commend Angie and the folks at the Long Branch Area YMCA for setting an example for us all as we learn how to seek God’s presence together in the Y!