At the end of last school year, Ohio Conference’s Northern Ohio Adventist Academy teachers Leona Bange and Jeanne Sinka were excited about the new school year. Suddenly Sinka ended up in the hospital with an unexpected diagnosis---stage four adrenal cancer.
You don’t need any special gifts or abilities,” says Tamyra Horst, on being a prayer warrior. “You just need a willingness, an honest heart and a tenacity to not give up.” Here are a few tips from Horst and other prayer warriors in the Columbia Union.
Meet three prayer warriors who have experienced the power of prayer, and, as a result, are leading others to a closer walk with God. Also, read incredible answers to prayer from members in the Columbia Union.
Saundra Austin’s prayer life changed the day she got baptized in the late 1970s. On that day, she felt too sick to leave home. “I called my Bible worker,” says Austin, now prayer coordinator for the Allegheny East Conference (AEC). “She said to just go back and lay down, and we’ll pray for you.”
Sometimes it seems like you get answers to simple prayers [a parking space, things you need that are on sale]. Other times the things that mean the most to you seem to take the longest, only to find out later that He hasn’t been silent,” says Tamyra Horst, a departmental director for the Pennsylvania Conference whose many roles include Prayer Ministries. There were moments in Horst’s life when she was angry her prayers weren’t working for the people she loved, but she didn’t stop praying. “What else would I do?” she says.
In the 2017-18 academic year, Columbia Union Conference pre-K through university-level schools reported a combined opening enrollment of 8,917 says Donovan Ross, the union’s vice president for education.