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By Mike Toth


2 Chronicles 7:14:  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

“The only safe place for a sheep is beside his shepherd, because the devil does not fear sheep; he just fears the shepherd, that is all.” A. W. Tozer



Master of Ceremonies Eric Stolte
The Day of Prayer for London, Ontario was kicked off with a prayer breakfast head in a packed house at the Lamplighter Inn on May 3, 2018. The annual event saw civic, church, and ministry leaders intercede on behalf of the city and was sponsored by the Christian Churches Network of London.


Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert
Eric Stolte was the master of ceremonies for the morning, and Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert brought greetings from the city government and a short message of his own. It was an appropriate honor for the city councilman to bring those greetings in what will be his last Prayer Breakfast as a councilman as he has announced he will not run for re-election. Christian artist Jeremy

Benjamin led the group in thoughtful and extravagant worship.

The guest speaker was Dr. Preston Pouteaux, pastor of Lake Ridge Community Church in Chestermere, Alberta. Pouteaux spoke of how he and his wife pioneered this church in what, at first glance, is a homogenized and sanitized new build neighborhood of nearly identical houses on nearly identical lots. His wife, Kelly, though, encourage him that “we leave beauty in our wake, we don’t walk into it,” and their journey to building authentic community in their neighborhood began with their efforts to build beauty and color into their own home.

Drawing from his book, “The Bees of Rainbow Falls,” Pouteaux describes how bees are a keystone species. If we were to lose the bees (as we have heard reports of over the last few years) we would be in serious trouble. Pouteaux says that Christians are called to be keystone people, and asks the question: “If we are removed would people miss us? Would people mourn?” He says that in order to establish authentic community we must be three things: We must be beloved (know how much God loves us before we can love others; we love because He first loved us), we must be noticers (of what and who is around us and fill the needs), and be co-conspirators (through intercessory prayer).

The prayers of intercession were led by Kimberly Chesney, who prayer for those who lead us, Paulo Andrade who prayer for those who serve us, and Nick Ivanov who prayer for the marginalized and new Canadians. Pastor Gary Fess of Royal View church led the assembled in the closing prayer. In all it was a dynamic morning that will hopefully inspire many to pray for our city and its’ people throughout the year.

You can find out more about Dr. Preston Pouteaux at www.intotheneighbourhood.ca/about/.

The Christian Churches Network of London strives to bring together the many churches and ministries in London for the purpose of encouraging and strengthening the body of Christ. Read more at www.ccnl.org.