TRIBE: A Generation with Bruised Knees & Dirty Hands
‘One day God showed me this:
Charing cross, in the middle of Glasgow, was covered with a dark smog and in the middle of this darkness was a black flag – the enemy marking his territory. Then, marching down toward Charing Cross, was an army surrounded by a golden atmosphere – wherever they set their feet, it turned to gold. At the front of this army someone held aloft a red flag – the King marking His territory. Hovering above this army was a throne, on which sat a slain lamb. As God let me linger on this picture of an army taking back their city from the powers of darkness, the words of Isaiah 61 rang through my head:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a garment of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendour. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
God was showing me His heart for an army of warriors – prayer warriors – who would establish His royal reign in our city and our nation. God said to me, “I am raising up a generation who are marked by bruised knees and dirty hands.”
I believed we would see a generation of people who are hungry to pray and to serve, to get their hands dirty advancing the Kingdom of God. They will see many come to know and receive the love of Jesus, and these will be the very ones who will “rebuild the ancient ruins“! C’MON!
The only issue was, I didn’t have a clue how any of this was to happen.
Then, through a number of circumstances and Divine setups, in the summer of last year it became clear that this army God showed me was to be made up of students. Yet everywhere I turned, students were either burning out, dropping off from their relationship with Jesus or getting bored. Then came this idea – gather students together to encounter the heart of God through prayer, and from that place they will have a heart to see His Kingdom come.
So, this is TRIBE.
Every month around 30 of us gather in someone’s flat and pray for the Spirit of God to anoint us for the transformation of this city; for our friends to become the “oaks of righteousness” that are on display for the fame of God; for our campuses to be more like heaven. Through these prayer gatherings we’re seeing the very early signs of this bruised-kneed, dirtied-handed generation.
We’ve heard some great stories of answered prayer and acts of boldness. We’ve seen friends ask their non-Christian friends along (not a conventional outreach strategy), and they have ended up being prayed for then praying for others! One of them even began a relationship with Jesus!!
One of my favourite stories is of a girl who came along on the first night and was burdened by her friend who had been consistently evangelised and had tens of people praying for his conversion, had declared that he was done exploring who Jesus was and was happily agnostic. That night she and a friend prayed for him and tangibly sensed a change within themselves of hope bursting through. A couple of days later, her friend comes out of his bedroom and declares to his flatmates that he’s fallen in love with Jesus and has become a Christian!
We knew then that God definitely wanted to do amazing things through the prayers lifted up in these gatherings!
What is the future for TRIBE? We will continue to meet once a month to pray and to contend for the Kingdom-transformation we yearn for. However, we have a vision to see TRIBE become a movement that gathers students across the nation(s) in prayer and fasting to see their world renewed. We see this as a movement that enables students to lead intimate lives with Jesus and to walk in their God-given authority within their cities.
This vision cannot, and should not, be accomplished by us alone; we want to partner with others to see this vision realised. We need the whole Church; we are simply one tribe within a bigger family – the family of God. Please do pray for us, and for this generation. Support and pray for those students – Christian and non-Christian alike – that you know.
And feel free to be in touch and support us in any way that you feel led.’
Sam Donaghey, who leads TRIBE along with a team of other students, is presently a student at SBC in Glasgow, has a passion for prayer, for people to encounter the love and transforming-power of Jesus, for his generation, his city of Glasgow and his nation of Scotland, and for really good food.
To find out more about what TRIBE are up to check out: facebook.com/glasgowtribe