Heart Break Journal – Day Three | September 2nd

Carey – 8:59 a.m.

So here we are on day three of Heart Break.  Nine of us gathered at 7 a.m. at the Waterfront in Barrie to pray.  Impressions?  Man, it's hard to pray for an entire city.  There are so many thoughts.  So many needs.  So many people.  Still, it was great to meet with others who want our hearts to break over what breaks God's heart.

I am still overwhelmed by the number of unchurched people (162,896) in the city of Barrie and the number of people under 24.  We prayed for the nightclubs, coffee shops and bars of the city this morning, thinking about all the social interaction that happens there.  Georgian College students and kids/families heading back to school were really on my mind too.

We also spent a lot of time praying for the poor and displaced of the city.  Really hoping our community groups each find a place in the community to serve people with less.  We'll be training our leaders on that again this fall as part of a venture we're calling Intersect.

As I reflect on Nehemiah, I'm tempted to just get overwhelmed by the depth of the problems in our city and the opportunity in our region, but I am reminded how God uses ordinary people (like Nehemiah) to accomplish extraordinary things.

Final thought:  what's happening in your life this week?  How are you feeling after three days of no food or no "thing" you gave up?  What's God writing on your heart?  What's exciting you, bothering you?  What is God saying? 

Rich – 9:10 am

had a good time praying this morning.  We were praying for the
businesses of Orillia.  I was reflecting during our time how business
and leadership often go together.  People that own certain businesses
in town are also those people who lead other initiatives in our
community.  The business community is one that the church often doesn't
think about.  But this area of our communities is in need of the hope
and truth of the message of Jesus as much (or maybe even more) than
other areas that we will be praying for this week.  But enough from me
. . . what about you?  What is God showing you this week about what
breaks his heart?

"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.
Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for
them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we
can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This
is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and
to understand the truth."

– 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Carey 5:22

I have over 50 emails to answer, numerous priorities pushing at me, and if I wasn't fasting and doing this Heart Break thing, I think I'd sail into the weekend very differently.   I'm grateful for the hunger right now, even though here on day 3 I am way less hungry or week than I expected.  I want God to keep pressing at my heart and making me make time for Him.



  1. linda yates says, September 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    thanks for embarking on this tremendous task, Carey and Rich. i would like to be participating physically in your prayer meets and walks however, i have been doing my own little heartbreak walks around Midland as God impresses this on my heart.
    Fasting definitely heightens the senses
    (even KFC smells yummy!!!) my head is much clearer and my energy level has increased.

    The one thing that dominates my prayers for others is how much He loves them and i just feel His heart breaking for all those lost souls.
    One area i'm not sure if you covered and will be is the hospitals – God has been placing this on my heart.

    i have done prayer walks before and concentrated my attention on the high school here in Midland and shortly after saw a major drug problem area be eliminated from the nearby grounds. i can hardly wait to see the impact from our Connexus community fasting and praying together.

    Blessings to all

  2. Carey Nieuwhof says, September 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Hey Linda…thanks for this. Hospitals came up in our prayer time this morning. We prayed for staff we knew in departments and prayed for God's hand to move.

    Great that you are praying in Midland. Thanks! We have a few people from Midland trickling in these days.

    KFC smelling yummy? Oh yeah….!

  3. Dianne Hibrant says, September 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Yesterday as I was praying over the telephone list and noticed some names of folks who live in my area, I thought that I should phone them and just tell them that I was praying for them. It has been on my mind but I haven't done it yet. Since I am not sure of their reaction I have decided to think about it a little longer.
    Thanks so much for leading us in this week of prayer/fasting. I needed this. The meditations are very helpful too.

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