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Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI) is a 501 (c ) (3) Exempt organization that was founded by Newton Gabbidon in Brooklyn, New York, on December 14, 1996.

The organization began from a small group of Christians, from the Caribbean Diaspora in the Greater New York area, that met in the home of Newton and Norma Gabbidon in Brooklyn  on 4th Saturdays (5:00 PM – 8:30 PM) to pray primarily for revival in the United States, Jamaica and other nations of the world.  This prayer meeting commenced in June of 1995.

Prior to immigrating with his family to New York City from the Island of Jamaica in 1992, Newton, who had been driven by a passionate desire to pray for revival in his homeland, had pioneered a national movement of prayer for revival on the island among Christians of the various denominations, in the mid-1980s.  This movement  led to the formation of the organization, The National Intercessory Prayer Network of Jamaica (NIPNOJ), in 1989. It was this this type of passionate desire to see revival come to the nations that led to the establishment of the 4th Saturday prayer meeting in the Gabbidon’s home and which also helped to  inspire the vision of IPMI.

IPMI was officially launched at Rehoboth Open Bible Church in Brooklyn at a special ceremony on Saturday, January 11, 1997 with 21 members, including the founding members of the Board of Directors, Robert Parris, M.D, Robert Watson, CPA, Ivylin Leslie and Newton Gabbidon; and newly appointed Advisory Board members Rev. Dr. C.B. Peter Morgan and Rev. Dr. H. Dennis Campbell.  The mission of this newly established organization was to promote and facilitate prayer and fasting among members of the Christian community, locally and internationally, in order to foster the spiritual renewal and transformation of families, communities, cities and nations (including the nation of Jamaica), in furtherance of Christ’s Kingdom, globally.

Central to this mission, of course, was the desire of the leaders (i) to foster unity among all members of Christ’s Body, locally and internationally, that desired to participate in this ministry; (ii) to facilitate individual and corporate prayer within congregations through appropriate training and mentoring; (iii) to foster spiritual support of pastors and their congregations through meaningful collaboration.  This desire led to IPMI creating and implementing  several programs that have made a positive impact on the Christian community, locally and internationally, particularly through the mobilization of the several thousands of believers from numerous  congregations that have participated in these various IPMI’s programs, over the years.

These programs include the monthly 4th Saturday Meeting, the Annual Prayer Breakfast and the Annual 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting that were inaugurated in 1997; the Annual Prayer Summit, 1988; the Annual Schools of Prayer, 2000; the Annual Jamaican Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting, 2004; the IPMI Prayer Training Institute, 2005; The Annual Pastors’ and Leaders’ Prayer Symposium,  and  IPMI Weekly Monday Evening Prayer Support Team Meeting, 2008; and the Monthly First Thursday Global Prayer Teleconference, 2009. For a full description of these programs, click here. 

After the official launch, the St. Paul’s  Methodist Church Auditorium on Avenue D, in Brooklyn, became IPMI’s official meeting place until January of 1999 when The Holiday Inn, JFK (now the New York Hilton, JFK) became the hosting site of IPMI’s main events, the Annual Prayer Breakfast, Annual Prayer Summit and the Annual Pastors’ and Leaders’ Prayer Symposium.

Thanks to the faithfulness of God, reflected in the leadership of a diverse and committed  Governing Boardand the strong support of key pastors, churches and other organizations, IPMI has developed from this small group of 21 persons in 1996 into an organization now positioned strategically to play an even bigger role on the global stage.  A vital part of this development, over the past five years, has been the partnership IPMI has forged with a few important organizations, including Jamaica’s Overseas Missions in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States; Micah Challenge International in the United Kingdom; the Esther Global Prayer Network in Florida and the New York City Leadership Center in New York City.  These partnerships have served to facilitate the growth and expansion of IPMI, locally and internationally, as the following four cases demonstrate.

Since 2009, IPMI has collaborated with members of the clergy and the  Jamaica Overseas Missions in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States to host  the Annual Jamaican Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting, a special prayer initiative that seeks to mobilize members of the Christian community from the Jamaican Diaspora in these nations to fast and pray for revival in their homeland  and to also donate financially to charities that serve the youth from at risk communities.  This special prayer event for Jamaica takes place each year around the August 1 Emancipation Day holiday.  Each year, more than 2000 persons from scores of congregations have attended a special prayer service for Jamaica, while thousands more are mobilized though a special media campaign to support the event.   In addition, much needed funds have been collected and donated to a couple of  designated Charities in Jamaica through the Jamaica’s Overseas Missions.

IPMI’s partnership with Micah Challenge International commenced in 2008.  In 2010, IPMI was one of several organizations from around the world that partnered with Micah Challenge in support of the Micah 2010 Global Prayer Campaign against global poverty; in 2013 IPMI again joined with a number of other organizations in support of Exposed 2013 Global Campaign  against Corruption.  Micah 2010 was responsible for mobilizing in excess of 64 million Christians in over 100 countries to pray and take godly action on behalf of the poor, globally. Exposed 2013 will conclude during 2014 and the support of the Campaign is expected to exceed Micah 2010 by far.

The partnership that IPMI has forged with the New York Leadership Center, since 2010, has positively impacted the growth and development of the Pastors’ and Leaders’ Prayer Symposium that has attracted approximately 50 pastors and leaders representing various congregations from across the tri-state, each year.  At this free symposium, these pastors and ministry leaders are offered an opportunity to dialogue with an experienced and competent church person about things that facilitate and strengthen their ability to lead the church.

Since the establishment of the First Thursday Monthly Global Prayer teleconference in July of 2009, Mrs. Esther Ilnisky, President of the Esther Global Prayer Network and Global Children Network, has served as Coordinator of this fascinating program that brings together persons from around the world to unite in prayer about a number of global concerns, including the persecution of Christians. Participants from a number of nations have so far joined us for this one hour of powerful prayer led by a team of facilitators, including pastors and leaders from across the US and the Caribbean.

In May of 2013, IPMI became an accredited member of the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). The ECFA accredits its members and holds them to high standards of accountability with respect to governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising practices.  By demonstrating the organization’s commitment to these high standards of accountability, through membership in the ECFA, IPMI has taken the important step of ensuring the fullest confidence, in its integrity, of all partners and other stakeholders, upon whose support the continued growth and development of the organization depend.

If you are visiting our website for the first time, we trust that you would prayerfully consider joining us in this important mission of impacting lives and transforming nations through prayer, by becoming a partner.  For further information about becoming an IPMI partner or to sign up now, click here.


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