5 – 7 January 2012
The New Year began very promisingly – this we experienced in many different ways! One, in particular, was and will remain unique; we were able to blow the trumpets in two different countries on the same day!. And each time we were in the centre: in the administrative centre of the Catholic Church and in the geographical centre of Italy ( in Rieti). Wow – at first, we were not conscious of these facts – but HE knows…..
There were five of us who flew with Easy Jet from Basle to Rome. From there we travelled by train and bus to our prearranged meeting point. Mari and Luciana were waiting for us there and escorted us to our quarters. We all stayed in the same house, situated isolated and well off the beaten track up in the mountains surrounding Rieti.
Three young men and a young woman arrived later in the middle of the night. Because of the fog they had taken eight hours to drive from Milan to Rieti. They also slept in the house, on the sofa.. Next morning I recounted the vision of the trumpet blowing to all those present – explaining what GOD has on HIS heart for this prayer initiative. Afterwards we prayed for the coming day’s activities.
My expectations about the trumpet blowing in the Vatican were, for example „At this time of the year, we would be almost on our own there. That would mean that every policeman or security officer could easily see us and perhaps also stop us from blowing the trumpets.“ On the morning of the 6th. of January, the penny dropped as we suddenly realised, it was Epiphany, a Catholic holiday! All the shops were shut, and as a result more people than usual were on the streets, in particular moving in the direction of the Vatican. Several thousand people were already standing in St. Peter’s Square . Halleluja! No problem to find a place where we could unhurriedly blow the trumpets and enjoy the time of prayer. The verse from the „Losungen“ (the daily readings of the Herrnhuter Brotherhood) greatly encouraged us: The darkness is passing and the true Light is already shining (1.John 2:8). As previously in other countries we saw and heard the sounds of sirens from police cars and ambulances coming from all directions. Even there where we were standing! During our time in Rome a leadership prayer meeting took place. What do you think , that they also prayed for!?!?! Unfortunately, due to lack of time. we were not able to attend it, because: Italy next…