Mar 182011
 

Bern July 30 – Aug 1, 2015

We had a guided visit in Bern by Markus Reichenbach in the afternoon on July 30th and we spent the next morning with « The Heart of David » house of prayer in Bern (DavidHerz). These both helped us get insight into how pray in Bern.

We prayed at 2 different places where the Jews and the Waldensians had received bad treatment and persecution with expulsion as a result. These injustices seemed to be important to deal with.

Renovation in the Münster Church

Renovation in the Münster Church

All the other places we went to pray, were under reconstruction or renovation. It was quite striking especially when we know that what we see in the natural is often a sign of what is happening in the spiritual.

One was the founding place of Bern ; the place where a bear was shot in 1191. The bear became the emblem of Bern. We didn’t see any bears, which can normally be seen by the public, because the place was under construction while the bears were on holiday!

Building new vaults in the Swiss Central Bank

Building new vaults in the Swiss Central Bank

Another place was the biggest church in Bern, the Münster church, which was partly covered by scaffolding both inside and out. The church was built on an ancient worship place, which had probably never been dealt with.

A third place was the national bank by the parliament, where they were about to build a new storage place for the gold of the nation. We received here the passage from Luke 12:16-21 : Switzerland should be rich in God and not trust in their finances.

Swiss parliament building

Swiss parliament building

In all these places, Switzerland, needs to come back to the foundation in their constitution : God! Now when there are reconstructions, this is the time for the Swiss to come back to God and choose life.

Aug 1, we went into the parliament, on their National Day when it’s open for the public. We had the honor of being guided by Ernest Geiser who is a pastor to the parliament. We could then pray with the information about what is needed. It was a good time. And everybody who did the visit got a Swiss chocolate for free!

Welcome by alpen horn concert

Welcome by alpen horn concert

Then we joined a national outdoor worship and prayer meeting for Switzerland. There were maybe 1000 – 1500 people from all over Switzerland. There might have been more if it hadn’t rained in the morning. Most of things that were prayed there matched what we had been inspired to pray as well. Unity, first in the Church and then in the government, was one of the issues on God’s heart that seemed to be really important as it came back to us several times.