Written by Peter Wooding
Vancouver, Canada (ANS) – Christian pioneer Ray Barnett is calling on believers across the globe to pray for a miracle to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Ray Barnett with the African Children’s Choir
While growing up in Coleraine in Northern Ireland Ray, now aged 83, says he first experienced the power of prayer not long after he became a Christian and believes that we can see continued breakthroughs today:
“The day after I accepted Christ I tried to share my testimony in public for the first time, but I fainted. But I knew that with God nothing was impossible if you only believe; and I took that literally.”
Founder of the African Children’s Choir and the ministry Friends in the West Ray, who now lives in Vancouver, Canada added:
“So, I then prayed that all my friends would become Christians. Six months later they had all accepted Christ. That’s where I began to know that prayer works.
“And that’s why I believe so much today in prayer. And as far as the pandemic today the scripture that is so relevant for today is:
“II Chronicles 7:14 – If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray then will I hear from heaven and heal their land.”
“I believe Christians around the world can either gather together or pray individually for a miracle of God to heal not only what we call our land in the UK or Canada or America but the whole world needs healing right now.”
Ray concluded by sharing the example of how the African Children’s Choir that was birthed in prayer has brought healing to the land across the world over the past 36 years:
“Back then through a series of miracles the first choir came to Canada in September 1984 and it’s been touring the world ever since. They’ve been touring nonstop and the children are grown up and they are doctors they’re lawyers they’re teachers they’re pastors.
“These children are a source of joy and they are ministering in all kinds of places not only in Africa but all over the world and they have amazing testimonies of God’s miracles not only for them but generally in the villages where they come from all around. Their presence in the choir has changed the lives of people in their villages. And it’s been a thing that God ordained.
“There are miracles like this happening all over the place and that’s what we need to continue to pray for that this virus will be completely prevented from spreading.
“But I think the most important thing is the call of God to the church for us to humble ourselves and pray and then the Lord will heal the land. II Chronicles 7:14 is a very strong scripture and I want to see it get out there in whatever languages we can because this is God’s time.”
Source: ASSIST News
Peter Wooding is Senior Editor at Assist News Service and an award-winning radio, TV, and print journalist. Peter has worked as news editor at UCB Radio in the UK, and has reported from countries around the world including Israel, India, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, Ukraine and Mozambique. Continuing his father Dan’s legacy, Peter now leads the global expansion of ANS. He is also the London Bureau Chief for the Global News Alliance, Media and PR Officer for Leading The Way UK and UK Director for Mercy Projects. Peter lives in North Wales, UK, with his wife, Sharon, and their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail.