Around the end of March thirty people met in Derby for the first Mahabba Network National Coordinators gathering. People came by car and train from places such as Aylesbury, Banbury, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Croydon, Dewsbury, Gloucester, Leeds, London Luton, Oxford, Nottingham, and Manchester. A few people even cycled or walked in from the surrounding area too.
Participants were challenged by Gordon Hickson who spoken from Ezekiel about declaring life to the dry bones. This was then followed by prayer for our nation, both for Muslims and for the Church. There was time to meet others, to be encouraged and share practical ideas. Part of the day was spent in regional groups discussing ideas and sharing stories.
Here is what some people had to say about the event-
“It was interesting to hear what is going on around the UK and how it could happen in our area.”
“It was consoling to know that any other Mahabba groups are as small as ours – 6 people.”
“It was useful to share practical ideas about approaching local church leaders.”
One of the final activities was to reflect upon the impact of the day. Statements were written on post-it notes and then stuck on the wall. Many were inspired to: continue to pray regularly, contact and chat to local leaders about the role of Mahabba in helping their church.
Spending time together was so worthwhile that we have decided that holding regional meetings will be very beneficial in the future. Watch this space for further details!
“We are better together.”