Erin Campbell believes in the power behind words of prayer. She has seen the effect it has had on her own life and will be sharing those experiences at Mountain Park Community Church in February.
Originally from Phoenix, Campbell now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she travels to prisons, hospices and has a radio program, called "Water through the Word."
She struggled with alcoholism during her 20s and 30s before having a revelation, she said, and an encounter with a street evangelist on Bourbon Street in New Orleans that changed her life. Six months later her faith in God had begun to bloom.
"I had no interest in God - I did not believe in Him," Campbell said. "When I look back on it now, it almost feels like a different person that experienced that. But I had a great sense of divine awakening - that God is interrupting life in that moment."
That was 18 years ago. Now, Campbell and her husband, Matt, travel and teach those who are willing to listen.
She will be hosting a three-day conference at MPCC Feb. 3-5, which will include four sessions about how to utilize prayer throughout one's life. One such session is called "Power of Prayer in Everyday Life."
"There are three obstacles that keeps us from an intimate relationship with God - sin, Satan and self," Campbell said. "I will teach how it is showed through scripture, how to remove those blocks, and how to become one with him on a daily basis."
Session one, "Power of Prayer Through the Word," begins at MPCC on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The workshop continues Saturday morning, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and finishes with "Power of Prayer Through Conflict Resolution" on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.
"I share about what is available - that there is hope, that we don't have to live in fear," she said. "There are many different types of prayer: salvation, healing prayer. But the reason we are going to be teaching this, it is a very specific type that Jesus taught and the purpose is to build a intimate relationship with God."
The cost to attend is $25 and anyone interested can sign up or find out more information through the website, www.mountainpark.org/event/2012-02-05-prayer-training-workshop-with-erin-campbell, or by emailing Pat Patlen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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