Starting the work day with prayer is impacting shopkeepers in Piraí do Sul, Paraná, Brazil. Some stores have received visits from a group of Adventist women with the local pastor. By prior arrangement, they go to the companies before the employees' working hours, where the pastor talks about prayer, people make requests, and everyone prays. The participants also get a kit with a healthy sandwich, some cake, an apple, chocolate milk, and the book The Great Controversy. There is also a card with a message and the church's contact information.
"The prayer time with them is always very exciting because they can present what they would like us to pray for. It has been very impactful; it has already resulted in some Bible studies and even the participation of some in the church's program at night," says Pastor Irineu de Moraes.
The initiative is by the Women's Ministries of Piraí do Sul as part of the 10 Days of Prayer program. However, the project will be extended because other establishments have learned about the action and requested a visit. About 20 women have been taking turns each day, in addition to those who prepare the kits.
According to Jacqueline Moroz, local director of Women's Ministries, 32 people have been assisted in four establishments. There were three more visits conducted last week, one of them in a company with 100 employees.
The original version of this story was posted on the South American Division Portuguese-language news site.