Bloemfontein’s unique restaurant-discipleship centre, House of Bread, has taken prayer to a new level with the addition of a designer prayer room where intercessors can pour out their hearts to God at any time of the day or night.
And according to hotelier Andre Venter, who established House of Bread in early 2012, God showed him from the outset that a 24-hour prayer room was part of His plan for the restaurant which has become a popular meeting place for the city’s Christians.
“I just did not know how or when it [the prayer room] would be realised,” he said.
But God was faithful and in September 2013, MLC Ministries in Pretoria heard about House of Bread and proposed to Venter that he should build a 24 hour prayer room with an area of at least 50 sq m, which they would pay for and fit out. After seeing the proposed design of the prayer room and photos of MLC’s own 24/7 prayer room in Pretoria, he started the building project immediately. The House of Bread prayer room was completed by November 2013.
The new prayer room has been added on upstairs and has its own private stairway that leads through a small grove of trees. The room has 24 hour air conditioning and soaking worship music. It is divided into 12 different sections where intercessors are provided with guidance on various prayer topics such as Israel, praise and worship, the Word, nations, strongholds, government, forgiveness, family, your city and the throne room.
The vision of the prayer room is to bring unity in the Body of Christ through prayer across denominational and racial divides. Individuals or groups of people can make an appointment to pray in the room for an hour shift by calling the restaurant at 051 444 0190 or Frans at 073 797 5251. Currently the room is in use for an average of 10 to 16 hours a day. There is a group of black students from the University of Free State who faithfully pray there daily from 5am to 6am. The prayer room has also been used by people praying for Bloemfontein teacher Pierre Korkie who is being held hostage by Al-Qaeda kidnappers in Yemen. Korkie’s wife Yolande is among the prayers. Visitors to Bloemfontein have also been booking prayer slots in the room.