Promoting prayer is an unusual objective in any job description.
But it’s top priority for Mairi Ferrier in her role as fundraising administrator at Blythswood’s head office.
Every two months Mairi produces Blythswood’s prayer diary, which is used at the daily 9 am prayer time in Blythswood’s headquarters. It is designed to encourage staff, volunteers and supporters throughout the organisation to pray every day of the year for lives to be transformed. She also deals with telephone enquiries, responds to letters and emails from supporters and facilitates the smooth running of the fundraising team. “I see our supporters as absolutely central to the team,” she says.
Born and brought up in Easter Ross, Mairi had early experience of Blythswood through participating in the Shoe Box Appeal and visiting the car boot sale.
Having trained as an occupational therapist at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Mairi worked in two hospitals before finding her niche in Blythswood. “I went into OT because I cared for people and wanted to make a difference,” she says. “In Blythswood I like the feeling of being a small part of something big.”
Does prayer work? “Yes, but not always in the way that we expect or want,” Mairi says. “It is always in wisdom and love that God answers and so we can trust him. For me, working life for Blythswood is an answer to prayer. One of my favourite films is Shadowlands, about C S Lewis. There he says prayer doesn’t change God but it changes us. I believe that prayer is vital for Blythswood’s life-transforming work to continue.”