By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
It was indeed "Praying Time" for the St Paul's Baptist Church's Women's Ministry as they held their yearly conference last week.
The conference, held at the church on Bernard Road, spanned two nights of prayer and praise, culminating with a prayer breakfast at the Paul Farquharson Centre.
Explaining this year's theme, "It's Praying Time," Rev Dorcas Miller said: "When we listen to the media and look around at the troubles of this fallen world, we all can conclude without a doubt that it is praying time. My Bishop usually says if you were praying once before, now you need to pray twice. And if you weren't praying, then it is high time that you pray."
She said the Women's Ministry is composed of women of "vision, valour and victory", and was started in the early days of the church. St Paul's Baptist Church will celebrate it's 149th anniversary later this month. It is one of the historic Baptist churches located in the settlement of Fox Hill and is led by Rev Dr J Carl Rahming and Minister Evangeline Rahming.
"This is our fourth prayer conference, and it has been a journey with challenges, but nothing that we are doing for God will not have (challenges)," said Rev Miller, who has served as the president of the Women's Ministry for the past 13 years.
"We have overcome and walked through all the obstacles and will continue to do as the Lord directs. We look forward to 2020 and are expecting greater and higher in God."
She believes the prayer it more urgent than ever to pray, and that prayer can offer a life-line for those in need of one. Prayer is a weapon, she added, to bring about change in people's lives. It is to empower the believer and strengthen them in their faith.
"The word of God tells us 'that men ought to always pray, and to not faint.' Prayer is communication with God and we were instructed and reminded of how and when, and most definitely why, we should be praying," she said,
The conference, said Rev Miller, was a time of refreshing, a time to come together and pray for each other and praise God.
"We left the conference and prayer breakfast empowered and encouraged to not give up believing that God has already delivered," she said.
Rev Miller is now looking forward to the testimonies of those who attended the event regarding their answered prayers. She also hopes that the physical evidence of what was spoken over and into their lives during the conference is now being manifested.
"A very special thank you to our Bishop for always allowing the Women's Ministry to host events of this nature and others that bring about spiritual development," said Rev Miller.