The Moravian Falls House of Prayer
A TALE OF TWO SIGNS
This account is of two new signs. It is a chronicle of a seldom described part of the history of Prayer Mountain. One sign is actually a repainted, abandoned sign and the other is a brand spanking new one.
This sign was made by a dear friend of mine. Before moving to Texas with her husband she worked for Disney animation. They decided to leave California to start a cabin building business in Texas. After building their own log cabin, they decided to rethink their career path and went into the making of signs.
She was designing and making signs when my husband retired from the pastoral part of the ministry. My friend and I decided to create a historical coloring book for this small, but amazingly significant town where the River boats turned around on the bayou and headed back to New Orleans. We thought that it would help the visiting adults to have the history of the houses, churches, hotels, etc. and settle the children in the back seat by giving them something to color. We used my very young nephews and niece as the children ringing a church bell or climbing a tree, or fishing in the bayou, etc.
After we finished the coloring book, Albert and I moved from Texas to Kansas City. Years later, when we moved to Moravian Falls, we needed a few signs to guide the visitors.
Recently, when the land on the top of Prayer Mountain was sold, the only sign to survive the sale is the one pictured. It had been brown, but the previous owner used the back to create a new message and painted the sign purple. Therefore, instead of sandblasting it, we kept the basic sign purple (since that is part of its history), repainted the lettering, etc. on the front, and returned the sign to its original location.
We felt that it was a survivor that made its way back to its former “post”. Like an old soldier that limped home after many years of service, we joyously salute this battered and abandoned warrior. Long may it stand in the service of our God.
A: This is one of three such signs we have purchased to put up because we are blessed by having children who accompany their parents to Prayer Mountain – as well as several who live here. We want to show these children the Lord’s love by driving slowly so that their parents can call them out of harm’s way.
B: Also, some visitors come with their friendly, small dogs. Both children and dogs will get out of the way, if you drive slowly enough.
These are the two new signs (well, one is an old faithful).
We thought you would enjoy a bit of the history of the signs, because – let’s face it – we rarely give them much thought. But they, too, have a fascinating story to tell.
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A SIGN THAT POINTS
As we told you last month, the sign that marks the location of The House of Prayer is slightly to the side so that those wishing to pray on the exact top will have access. This white stone on the ground points to the eventual chapel location.
The chapel will sit toward the front of the ridge with a clear view of the two closest mountains: Pore’s Knob and Moore’s Mountain. It will overlook the valley below – a beautiful prospect.
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(I hope I mean this in more ways than one.)
Here is the sign at the location for the building of THE MORAVIAN FALLS HOUSE OF PRAYER.
Many who come to Prayer Mountain wish to know the chapel’s exact location so that they may pray on the spot. (FOR WHICH WE ARE GRATEFUL.)
We have put the sign slightly to the side, so it does not impede your access to the location for prayer. But we are going to add a white stone with an arrow on it that will point to the exact top.
The chapel will be built toward the front of the property. It will catch the first rays of the eastern sun.
At night it will be as a “light on a hill” – easily seen from the road.
It will be a beautiful token of our love for a Mighty God and an answer to His expressed desire to meet with us in a special way. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
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THE MORAVIAN FALLS HOUSE OF PRAYER
Sometimes it takes a long interval before dreams or prophecies become realities -especially in Moravian Falls. One such dream, held here for 24 years, is just coming into being.
It was on the hearts of many to establish a House of Prayer on Prayer Mountain. Also, it was prophesied by many (Kim Clement and Bob Jones being among them). But much land on that ridge was needed – not only for the chapel – but to keep the Mountain in a lush and natural state. Many wished to re-plant the native Mountain Laurel and the native Dogwoods that filled the woods 25 years ago. There were to be quiet trails dotted with sturdy benches in order to provide pleasant locations for our Father’s children to reflect and pray – as well as a chapel.
There are three lodges available in walking distance of the chapel location – thereby allowing retreatants a quiet and serene time in the beauty of the country with everything at hand without needing to use their cars to get to each location.
The early pioneers of this “hope” felt the chapel should be called “The Moravian Falls House of Prayer.”
Therefore, the early arrivals partitioned the government to acquire an official trademark. However, at that early stage, we had nothing that was required by the government to qualify us to receive that legal designation. There were several steps necessary before we could apply. One of the requirements was to have open prayer meetings on a regular basis over a lengthy period of time.
When we first began, we had only hopes and dreams. Therefore, in those early years, such an official designation was not possible.
But now, we have had open prayer meetings on Prayer Mountain for fifteen years. So, we are ready to announce that the name of “THE MORAVIAN FALLS HOUSE OF PRAYER” will be officially attached to the open prayer meetings on the top of Prayer Mountain.
A THREEFOLD CORD
Three ministries have been praying together for several years and have linked arms to see The Moravian Falls House of Prayer move into its next phase.
The original plot of land has been purchased, and discussions of a planting program to restore the native laurel and dogwood have begun.
This three-fold cord is a realization of our Father’s great desire to have “cooperation” as one of the original building blocks for His chapel. The three ministries decided to trademark the name in order to be a witness to that cooperation between brethren.
A DREAM BECOMING REALITY
For those of us who have been standing in prayer for the whole 25 years, this step forward is a great joy. We always expect progress to be slow here (it is after all the Moravian Falls way: we stop to take off for deer season or turkey season or holidays, for too much snow or too much rain, to care for the ill or dying, for children’s programs and visiting family members, etc. – in other words, for good old fashioned country living. Some of our local shops in the nearby more populated areas of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro still shut down half a day on Wednesday because it is Wednesday-go-to-meeting-night.)
I grew up with all the stores closing at noon on Wednesdays. But it has been a long time since my hometown, or many other hometowns have given honor to a night when people are expected to attend church.
Such is the area the Lord has chosen for The Moravian Falls House of Prayer. If moving forward takes a little longer here, we can bear with one another and with the Lord so that He may bring about His results with love and gentleness.
We are on His timetable here in Moravian Falls. We have found that “His time” makes for a much sweeter life for everyone.
May The Moravian Falls House of Prayer be permeated with His love for the brethren and with His desire for cooperation between His children – but mainly with a steadfast, unending love for our Heavenly Father – our great King.
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