The Gifts vs. the Giver

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When you think of God, do you think of a sovereign king or a vending machine? If you think of the latter, your approach to God goes something like this: my prayer is my coin which I pop into the machine and then I choose what I want and if it doesn't fall out at the bottom, I kick the machine, walk away and go find a new vending machine. In other words, I go to God with my shopping list and my relationship with God depends on whether or not He does my will.

This is a very different picture from Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, where He prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:39). Recently a single mother from Nampula, Mozambique, encountered a Project Hannah prayer group and realised that it is not about the gifts, it is about the Giver. This is what she wrote to us:

"I am a single mother and I found out about the Project Hannah Ministry through my son's godfather. When he was sick, the Project Hannah prayer group went to visit him.
"On that same day I went to visit him and before I left, I saw the Project Hannah woman arrive with their Bibles and song books ...

"My son's godfather asked me to stay during the prayer because it was important for him (he had been a widower for three months). The women didn't talk about the disease itself, they just prayed and told him to be strong and pray, and believe God... I think they just stayed for 20 minutes, but I liked it. It felt as if the place was no longer the same - it was full of peace. After they left, he told me that his wife used to belong to the group.

"I became impressed by the joy they brought to him and the way they prayed. I felt it was from deep inside their hearts ... I asked him how I could join the group, although I was not considering joining because I lived so far from that area. But he told me that a Project Hannah group exists in my area too. I felt so enthusiastic and joined the group.

"My testimony today is not to say that I got this or that from the group, but to say that now I have a different relationship with my Lord and it is changing me."

Check out the Project Hannah website ( and download their prayer calendar so you can pray daily for women across the globe!

Published: 26 November 2010