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Rev. Newton GabbidonRev. Newton GabbidonThe coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is significantly impacting our world, and the continually changing situation has made this an unusually challenging time for everyone — a time that, for many, is filled with fear and uncertainty.

Because of the way things have accelerated with the virus, governments around the world have taken extraordinary steps to contain the spread of this highly infectious disease for which there remains no proven treatment.

Here in the United States, these steps include bans on public gatherings, social distancing, and other restrictions mandated by the federal and state governments based on strict guidelines provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) aimed at limiting exposure to the virus. 

New York State, which is fast becoming the epicenter of the pandemic here in the United States, currently bans all public gatherings of fifty persons or more. But the Federal government has gone a step further in recommending that persons avoid groups of more than ten persons and the elderly stay home.

Like many churches and Christian organizations here in New York and across the nation, facing these draconian restrictions, we at IPMI have seen our lives disrupted by this pandemic.

Please know, however, that while following these strict CDC guidelines to help protect ourselves and communities, you can count on IPMI doing what is right to mobilize united prayer for the United States and other nations facing significant challenges due to the pandemic.  

One of the ways we are seeking to do this during the ban on gatherings here in New York is through the Internet, using IPMI TV and other online forums like Zoom to host prayer meetings and other events. Also, IPMI will continue with our three monthly global prayer calls facilitated by leaders from twelve nations, including the United States.

To view IPMI's 2020 calendar of programs and events, click here   

Please note that we have canceled the March 28 and April 25, Monthly Prayer Meeting, and postponed the May 16 Pastors' and Leaders' Prayer Symposium scheduled for the New York Hilton. We will instead replace these prayer meetings with two online prayer meetings to commence at 5:30 PM ET.  We will also live-stream these prayer meetings to a global audience. 

Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassel, District Superintendent, Metro New York Church of the Nazarene, will join us as a special guest for the March 28, Prayer meeting.  Bishop C. B. Peter Morgan, Founding IPMI Advisory Board Member, and Dean of the Nazarene College and Seminary in Trinidad, will join us as a special guest for the April 25 Prayer meeting

Further updates about the March 28 and April 25 online prayer meetings and other upcoming meetings and events, will be posted here on our website.

We pray and trust that you and your loved ones will remain safe during this challenging global health crisis.

 

Newton Gabbidon

President & CEO

 

 

 

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Dear IPMI Partner,

Thank you for partnering with  IPMI during 2019.  As we pause to reflect on the many accomplishments during the year, we thank God for you in recognition of the fact that without your help none of this would have been possible.  We are, therefore, quite pleased to share with you a brief overview of the year’s ministry activities.  

On May 18, IPMI hosted the Twelfth Annual Pastors’ and Leaders’ Prayer Symposium in New York City with Dr. Mac Pier, Founder, and CEO of Movement.org, an organization facilitating revival and the evangelization of nations around the world through the various gospel initiatives it conducts in significant cities around the world.  Over Seventy-five pastors and leaders from across the tristate attended the Symposium to strengthen their prayer lives and facilitate prayer in their congregations. We hosted the Twenty-third Annual Prayer Breakfast in New York City with Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Joel Edwards from the United Kingdom on June 22.  The Breakfast was attended by approximately a hundred and fifty believers of various denominations from across the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  In addition to catalyzing spiritual revival among participating churches in the region, the Prayer Breakfast has facilitated significant times of prayer for the nations over the years.

 IPMI collaborated with members of the clergy and the Jamaica Overseas Missions in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to host the Fifteenth Annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting (JDOP) on August 7.  Since its inception, thousands of Jamaican Christians from scores of congregations have participated in this annual day of fasting and prayer for spiritual renewal and transformation in their homeland.  The initiative has also helped to raise much-needed funds to assist Jamaican charities that work with at-risk youth from the inner city communities on the island.

The twenty-third Annual 21 Days Prayer and Fasting climaxed with the hosting of another powerful Global Prayer Summit on October 12 that attracted a group of local and international prayer leaders to New York City.  The high point of the conference was a great time of prayer that took place for revival in the US and the various challenges facing nations around the world. During 2019, IPMI was also busy promoting united prayer for revival for world evangelization and the healing and transformation of nations through the hosting of three monthly global prayer calls. Christians leaders from twelve countries, including the US, facilitated these thirty-six global prayer calls.  IPMI also launched IPMI TV, which will enable IPMI in the coming years to extend its ministry on a much larger scale to individuals and churches locally and internationally. 

Once again, thank you for your wonderful support of IPMI, which has made an enormous difference in the lives of people and nations around the world.

Sincerely,

Newton Gabbidon

President &CEO

 

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For a majority of Christians around the world, the Christmas season is a time of reflection on the most significant event of human history: the advent of Jesus’ birth in a lonely Bethlehem stable over 2000 years ago (John 3:13).  In fulfillment of the Scriptures, Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, willingly left His heavenly splendor and came to our fallen world for the only purpose of rescuing men, women, and children from their sins. 

The story of the Gospel is the fulfillment of that purpose through Christ’s death on a cross, His resurrection from the grave and triumphant ascension to heaven, where He remains seated at the right hand of the Father, performing one of His most important tasks of reconciling the nations to the Father, through His high priestly ministry of intercession. Here at Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI), we are deeply grateful to the Lord for the opportunity He has offered us to share in this beautiful ministry of reconciliation through the various ways He has enabled the organization to facilitate and promote prayer and fasting locally and internationally in pursuit of His redemptive purposes in the nations.

This Christmas season, as we pause to reflect on the miracle of the advent of Christ’s coming and its relevance to our troubled world, we would also like to take the time to reflect on the work of IPMI during the year. 

IPMI continues to develop as a leader in the Global Prayer Movement with representatives now in eleven countries, and with the establishment of IPMI TV in 2019, we expect the global footprint of the organization to increase in the years ahead as this initiative continues to develop.  During the year,  IPMI also made progress with the development of a curriculum for the Schools of Prayer, which will result in the publication of a series of books on prayer, the first of which will be available soon. The Schools of Prayer is a program specially designed for congregations, particularly those struggling with prayer. You will hear more about these developments in 2020. 

One of IPMI's greatest assets is the good relationships it has fostered over the years with pastors, churches, and other organizations both locally and internationally through the hosting of events like the Annual Pastors and Leaders Prayer Symposium here in New York City and Annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting (JDOP), which facilitates prayer and fasting among Jamaican Christians living in the United Kingdom, Canada and across the United States for spiritual renewal and transformation in the homeland.  During 2019, the organization sought to strengthen further those relationships through increased collaboration with significant organizations like Lead New York and Movement.Org aimed at facilitating revival and the advancement of the Gospel in the region and around the world.  

But as we reflect on these glorious achievements of 2019 and the prospects for further growth and development of IPMI in 2020 and beyond, we remain indebted to our dedicated team of leaders and volunteers and faithful partners, whose stellar contributions have enabled IPMI to stay committed to its mission of impacting lives and transforming nations through this vital ministry of prayer and fasting. 

I thank you for your support during 2019 and wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.   

With kind wishes,

Newton Gabbidon

President & CEO

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Is there a relationship between fasting and prayer? Derek Prince (1973) provides one of the simplest and most profound statements that I have ever read in his explanation of the important relationship between prayer and fasting. He says, “fasting intensifies prayer. There are some spiritual objectives that we can achieve through prayer alone. There are others that can only be achieved by prayer and fasting. Many of God’s choicest provisions lie in the category of things which may only be achieved by prayer and fasting.” Fasting, in other words, complements prayer. It is the added sacrifice we are called upon to make as we wrestle in prayer in pursuit of those spiritual objectives or heights in Him where we have never been before. In this blog, I will examine the discipline of fasting in the Bible as a vital key not only to the powerful effective prayer but also to victorious Christian living. 

In a general sense, to fast means to abstain from food for spiritual purposes. Although the practice may sometimes include abstaining from drink, in most cases in the Bible it seems that people drank but did not eat. Two cases from the Old Testament in which fasting involved abstention from drink relate to Moses and Esther. In the case of Moses, he twice fasted for forty days and forty nights without eating or drinking (Deuteronomy 9: 9-18). As Prince has pointed out, on both occasions Moses “was on a supernatural plane in the presence of God.” In the case of Esther, the limit she and her maidens set was three days (Esther 4:16).

There is an interesting connection between Esther’s three days fast without water and the three days limit that medical science set for the body to go without water. This connection serves to confirm that medical science does not necessarily conflict with the teachings of the Bible. The notion that fasting for long periods does not imply abstaining from drink, appears to find support in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ forty days fast. Matthew 4:2 states that Jesus was hungry after he had fasted for forty days and forty nights. Here in this text, there is no mention of him being thirsty.

While the notion that Jesus drank but did not eat during his forty days and forty night fast is open to speculation as this is not explicitly stated in the Synoptic Gospels, it is important to point out here, that even if Jesus, like Moses, had abstained from drink during his forty days and forty nights fast, these are exceptional circumstances, which do not apply here in our case. What then should be our approach when fasting for long periods?

The approach which is generally followed by those that practice fasting and which I strongly recommend to anyone considering fasting for long periods is not abstaining from drink for any period exceeding seventy-two hours. Let us now turn our attention to a few examples of fasting from the Bible, which provide some important truths about the discipline of fasting.

David Practiced Fasting

As a Jew, David fulfilled Jewish law, which required the Jewish people to afflict their souls through fasting (Leviticus 16:29 -31). Writing in Psalm 35:13, David declared that he humbled his soul through fasting. In Psalm 69:10 he wrote that he wept and chastened his soul with fasting. David also fasted for long periods. In Psalm 109:24, we read these words: “My knees are weak through fasting and my flesh faileth of fatness.”

These and other examples from the Psalms highlight one of the most important characteristics associated with fasting: sacrifice. Whether it was in pursuit of a humble walk before God or in his search for forgiveness and spiritual refreshing for his hungry soul, David made that crucial sacrifice which made all the difference in his spiritual walk. He denied himself of his bodily gratification. This aspect of fasting is of enormous importance especially to intercession, which will be considered later.

The Power of The Collective Fast

Case One: King Jehoshaphat and the Nation of Judah Fasted  (2 Chronicles 20).

Here we have a remarkable testimony to the power of fasting. It deserves mention as it highlights another important characteristic of fasting: the attitude of total dependence on God, so often displayed in Israel ‘s history especially during times of crises. It is this attitude of total dependence on God that makes fasting such an awesome spiritual weapon during times of crises as is portrayed in 2 Chronicles 20. The nation of Judah came under attack from the combined forces of the Moabites and the Ammonites and their allies. Faced with this overwhelming enemy force King Jehoshaphat led the nation to seek God through collective fasting and united prayer reminding God of His covenant with Abraham and of His promises of mercy based on that covenant.

In response to the cry of His people God intervened supernaturally on Judah’s behalf; and in an awesome demonstration of supernatural power, the enemies of Judah were totally vanquished. The outcome is described in verses 22 through 30. The entire army of their enemies destroyed themselves, leaving not a single survivor. All that God’s people needed to do was to spend three days gathering the spoils and then to return in triumph to Jerusalem, with their voices raised in loud thanksgiving and praise to God.

Furthermore, the impact of this tremendous supernatural victory was felt by the surrounding nations. From then on, no other nation dared to contemplate hostilities against Jehoshaphat and his people. Jehovah, the Lord of hosts, had secured a mighty victory on behalf of His people in response to their dependence on Him, demonstrated through their collective fasting and united prayer. Fasting, when united with prayer, enables us to unleash the power of God in our situations in times of crises, transforming them into experiences of victory.

Case Two: Esther Transforms Disaster into Triumph (Esther 4)

This chapter described one of the greatest crisis that ever confronted the Jewish people in their entire history. The entire nation faced extermination in the Persian Empire. Satan had stirred up one his advocate, Haman, against the Jewish people to plot their extermination. Through Haman, Satan was actually challenging the power of God and had Haman succeeded in his plan against the Jews this would have been an everlasting reproach against God. This was spiritual warfare, evidenced by the fact that Haman actually sought guidance from occult powers through the casting of lots( a form of divination in those days) to determine the day the Jews were to be exterminated.

When the decree for the destruction of the Jews went out, Esther and her maidens accepted the challenge. They understood that they were dealing with Spiritual warfare and their response was on the same level – fasting. Esther and her maidens fasted for three days without eating or drinking. What was the result of their collective fast?

(i) The Persian empire was completely changed in favor of the Jews;

(ii) The enemies of the Jews throughout the Persian Empire suffered defeat;

(ii) The Jews experienced favor, peace, and prosperity;

This case of collective fasting recorded in the book of Esther again shows how fasting unleashes God’s power in situations of crises, transforming them into experiences of victory.

The Acceptable Fast: A Look at Isaiah 58, the Great Fasting Chapter

Isaiah 58 is regarded by most scholars as the great fasting chapter of the Old Testament. The chapter may be divided into two sections, 58: 3-5 and 58: 6-12. In 58:3-5 Isaiah describes the fast that is unacceptable to God. In 58:6-12 he then describes the fast that is pleasing to God.

A. The Unacceptable Fast

In 58:3-5 God considered the fast unacceptable because:

(i) the people described here by Isaiah were fasting merely in observance of a religious ritual; like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day there was no real self-humbling associated with their fasting;

(ii) They retained their evil attitudes of greed, selfishness, pride, and oppression.

B. The Acceptable Fast

The acceptable fast, which is well pleasing to God springs from motives and attitudes that are totally different from those associated with the unacceptable fast. Verse 6 defines the motives behind the acceptable fast as:

(i) to loosen the bands of wickedness;

(ii) to undo heavy burdens;

(iii) to let the oppressed go free;

(iv) to break every yoke

As Scripture and experience confirm many people experiencing these four conditions today will never go free until God’s people obey His call to fast.

C. Attitude Associated with the Acceptable Fast

Verse 7 describes the attitude associated with the acceptable fast. Here, God calls for the fasting of this type to be united with sincere and practical charity in our dealings with those around us – particularly the poor.

D Blessings Associated With the Acceptable Fast:

These blessings are listed in verse 8 through 12. They are:

(i) The blessing of health and righteousness (v 8)

(ii) The blessing of answered prayers (v 9)

(iii) The blessing of guidance and fruitfulness (vs. 10 -11)

(iv) The blessing of restoration (v 12).

As Isaiah demonstrated in chapter 58 of his prophecy fasting is the divinely appointed means chosen by God to achieve certain spiritual objectives that he has determined in His divine plan and purpose for us. But the decision we make to fast is a matter for personal choice. Will you make that decision today to pray and fast? Will you make the decision to join with others to fast in pursuit of those common dreams and visions God has placed in the hearts of His people? Let us do it today. Let us fast.

Other Great Old Testament Passages on Fasting for further study:

Ezra 8; Jonah 3; Daniel 9; Joel 2.

Fasting and The Christian Life

Jesus expects Christians to practice fasting. Matthew records His expectation in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 6:1-18 Christ gives instructions to His disciples on three related duties: giving alms, praying and fasting. In this passage, it is very clear that Jesus assumes that all His disciples will practice all three of these duties. This is indicated by the language he uses concerning all three.

In verse 2 He says, “When thou doest alms…” In verse 6 He says when thou(singular) prayest…” (individually) and in verse 7, “when ye (plural) pray…” (collectively). In verse 16 He says When ye (plural) fast…”(collective) and in verse 17 “When thou (singular) fastest….” (individually).

The passage is very clear. Jesus expects all disciples to practice all three of these duties regularly. If he expects His disciples to pray regularly and give alms regularly then by the same token He expects them to fast regularly. Why is fasting an important Christian discipline?

A. For Supernatural Empowerment

In Luke 4: 14, Luke records that following the period of His forty days fast “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. From there went out a fame of him throughout the entire region round about.” Jesus fasted in order to receive supernatural empowerment to fulfill His ministry as Messiah. This incidence in the life of Jesus highlights an important reason why Christians should practice fasting.

Fasting empowers us as believers to fulfill our calling as ministers of the Gospel of Christ. Paul and other leaders in the Church at Antioch apparently recognized this important benefit of fasting and fasted regularly as a result. It was during one of these times of fasting that Paul and Barnabas received their apostolic commission to the Gentiles (Acts 13:1-3). Having made a remarkable success of his ministry as an apostle, Paul would later recognize the power of fasting.

Writing to the Corinthians, he mentioned that he often practiced fasting (2 Cor. 11:24 ) and through his regular fasting he proved that he was a minister of God (2 Cor. 6:4-7). In making this statement the Apostle Paul attributed his successful ministry among the Gentiles to a life of fasting. This brings us to one important conclusion regarding the weak state of the church in America and many western nations today: the Church is weak and powerless because Christians are not fasting. If the Church in America is to survive, fasting cannot be an option; it must become the way of life of the Christian community.

B. For Humility

There are various ways in which fasting helps a Christian receive direction and power from the Holy Spirit.  The first obvious way that fasting helps the Christian is to humble himself or herself before God. This aspect of fasting was discussed earlier in reference to David, where it was noted that David humbles his soul through fasting. In the Scriptures fasting in this regard is often associated with mourning. Mourning, here is neither the self-centered remorse nor the hopeless grief of unbelievers but a response of the believer to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to show remorse over sin.

There are blessings associated with such mourning. In Isaiah 61:3 the Lord promises special blessings to those who mourn in Zion. He promises them “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness….” Mourning also has a place among the beatitudes. In Matthew 5:4 Jesus says, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” In 2 Cor. 7:10 Paul contrasts the godly sorrow of the believer with the hopeless sorrow of the unbeliever: “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” According to Derek Prince “godly sorrow of this kind is followed by the oil of joy and the garment of praise.”

C. For Power Over Sin and Our Carnal Nature

Fasting is also the means by which the believer brings his or her body into subjection. In 1 Cor. 9:27 Paul says: “But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should a castaway.” Here Paul is referring to his physical passions and desires, which are always necessary to keep under subjection.

Each time a Christian practices fasting he is serving notice to these bodily appetites to become subject to the desires of the Spirit of God living in him or her. In Galatians 5:17 Paul refers to the direct opposition that exists between the Holy Spirit and the carnal nature of the believer: “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other…” According to Derek Prince, “fasting deals with the two great barriers to the Holy Spirit that are erected by man’s carnal nature. These are the stubborn self-will of the soul and the insistent, self-gratifying appetites of the body.

Rightly practiced, fasting brings both soul and body into subjection to the Holy Spirit.” In other words, fasting breaks down the barriers in the believer’s carnal nature that stand in the way of the Holy Spirit’s omnipotence thereby clearing the way for the Holy Spirit to work unhindered in His fullness through prayer. This enables us to appreciate Paul’s insight on the inexhaustible potential of prayer, which he expresses in Ephesians 3:20: “Now unto him, that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …..” That power that works through our prayers is the Holy Spirit. By removing the carnal barriers fasting make a way for the Holy Spirit’s omnipotence to work the “exceeding abundantly above” of God’s promises.

Practical Guidelines for Individual Fasting

The following guidelines are recommended by Derek Prince (1973) and supported by a number of other scholars on the discipline of fasting:

•  Begin your time of fasting with positive faith (Heb 11:6);

•  Your decision to fast should be based upon the conviction that the Bible requires it of you as part of the Christian discipline;

•  Select a period that best applies to your situation based on your spiritual need, experience, and maturity. In other words, do not set for yourself too long a period of fasting;

•  Build your faith during the period of the fast through reading and meditating on the Scriptures;

•  Make sure that you are fasting for the right reasons and avoid boastfulness;

•  Set certain specific objectives for your fast and make a written list of these. 

•  Expect spiritual benefits to result from the fast. Remember that God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6).

•  In the early period of the fast you may experience unpleasant physical symptoms, such as a dizziness, headache, and nausea;

•  Guard against constipation. Drink fluids such as water and fruit juices; avoid stimulants such as tea or coffee;

•  Break your time of fasting gradually. Begin with meals that are light and easy to digest. The longer you are fasting, the more carefully you will have to be about breaking it.

Conclusion

Fasting, when combined with prayer, has proven to be one of the greatest spiritual resources available to the child of God. Through this great resource, the child of God is able to face great spiritual challenges and to rise to new spiritual heights in God. Despite the wonderful blessings that fasting can bring to the Christian life, it has its limits. The successful fast generally depends on approaching God with right attitudes and motives. You should therefore not fast to challenge the righteous standards of God; God responds to us solely on the basis of His will. In closing let me leave you with a note of caution. Fasting can help Christians to become more sensitive to God and to the spiritual realm. In the case of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah, they received a word from God. In the situation with Jesus, he heard the voice of the devil tempting him. This latter experience of Jesus teaches us that during a fast, we will need to judge what we hear or experience in the light of the Scriptures. The Lord will not tell us to do anything that is contrary to His word. Speak to your pastor or give us a call about any unusual experiences that you may have during a long fast. Best wishes.

References:

Prince, Derek. Restoration through fasting (New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell, 1973).

Towns, Elmer. Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough: A Guide to Nine Biblical Fasts (California: Regal Books, 1996).

 

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Dear Partner,

I want to use this opportunity to say a big thank you, on behalf of our entire leadership team, for standing with us here at IPMI.  Your support is enabling us to further the advancement of God’s Kingdom in the nations at such a critical time as this through the fostering of a culture of prayer among the people of God, both locally and internationally.

Locally, we continue to facilitate revival in churches in the region, through such significant events as the Annual Pastors and Leaders Prayer Symposium and the Annual Prayer Breakfast. 

May 18,  2019, 11th Annual  Prayer Symposium proved to be a rich spiritual experience for the occasion.f leaders that were in attendance. Rev. Dr. Mac Pier, Founder of Movement.org, was keynote speaker for the occasion.May 18, 2019, 11th Annual Prayer Symposium proved to be a rich spiritual experience for the occasion.f leaders that were in attendance. Rev. Dr. Mac Pier, Founder of Movement.org, was keynote speaker for the occasion.

The May Symposium provides valuable resources to pastors and leaders primarily from across the tristate.  Approximately fifty to seventy-five leaders attend this Symposium.  An estimated two hundred persons attend the June Breakfast from various congregations from across the United States.

Bishop Joseph Garlington, Senior Pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, was keynote speaker at the June 2018 Annual Prayer Breakfast..Bishop Joseph Garlington, Senior Pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, was keynote speaker at the June 2018 Annual Prayer Breakfast..

Internationally, much is happening through programs like the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference (MGPT) and the Annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting to foster prayer among Christians for the healing and transformation of nations. Currently, leaders from approximately twelve nations from North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia join IPMI monthly in facilitating the three MGPT sessions, hosted on First Thursdays, 9:00 PM, Fridays, 5 PM, and Saturdays, 9:00 AM, (following first Thursdays).  The Annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting attracts fellow believers from the Jamaica Diaspora in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.  With the Schools of Prayer and IPMI TV projects, which we expect to become fully operational soon, we anticipate even further growth of IPMI taking place in the years ahead.   

As we consider the wonderful spiritual heritage the Lord has created here at IPMI over these twenty-three years of faithful obedience to the call to pray for nations, we are freshly inspired to move forward with hope for the future, fully confident that God’s promises to respond to the humble and sincere prayers of His people will never fail (2 Chron. 7:14; Jer. 33.3). 

It is with these thoughts in mind that we extend to you this special invitation to join us for the Annual 2019, Twenty-one Days of Prayer and Fasting for Breakthroughs campaign and the Annual 2019, Global Prayer Summit,  both geared toward providing participants a spiritually rich and rewarding experience you will not want to miss. The encouraging testimonies from past events offer much inspiration and assurance of the powerful spiritual encounters with God that await those planning to participate with us in these events. 

Register now for the October 12 Summit and help us spread the word.   Also, please consider making a donation to IPMI beyond your regular giving to help us offset the cost of hosting this important event.

Once again, thank you for your support.  We look forward to you joining us for these significant Fall 2019 upcoming events aimed at igniting in hearts the kind of prayers that produce results.

 Yours in His Grace,

Newton Gabbidon,

President & CEO

 

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Welcome to the April  2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.  

 

Category One

Prayer for North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Scripture: SCRIPTURE VERSE: Psalm 108:1-6 (PARAPHRASED)

Oh God, our hearts are steadfast; we will sing and give praise, even with our glory. Awake lute and harp! We will awaken the dawn. We will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, and we will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds. BE EXALTED, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth; that Your beloved (people) may be delivered. Save with Your right hand, and hear us.

 

Prayer for Revival in the United States of America

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and spiritual needs of the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year.
  • If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.

Needs of Pastors across America

  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)

These needs underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For all pastors facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. For a revival in the church across America resulting in the growth of the church, through the additions of millions of new converts, particularly millennials and establishment of thousands of new churches.
  3. Pray against the rising suicide rate facing America. Pray for those individuals and organizations working towards finding solutions to this growing crisis in America.     

 

Prayer for US Government: Solution to Major Immigration Challenges

As for American policy, an immigration website notes that “The United States has been the top destination for international migrants since at least 1960, with one-fifth of the world's migrants living there as of 2017. Despite its long history of immigration, the United States has oscillated between perceiving immigration as a valuable resource and as a major challenge.”

According to Wikipedia, “In absolute numbers, the United States has a larger immigrant population than any other country, with 47 million immigrants as of 2015. This represents 19.1% of the 244 million international migrants worldwide, and 14.4% of the U.S. population.”

Against this background of a vibrant and dynamic history of immigration in America, let us pray regarding the current challenges facing the US immigration system, now considered broken and in urgent need of reforms.

PRAY

  1. For the President and Congress to work together on reforming US immigration laws to address the growing problem of illegal immigration. Pray for solutions that are just and fair in keeping with Biblical standards.
  2. For a solution to the crisis caused by the thousands of migrants from South America amassed at the US/Mexico border seeking asylum in the US.  

 

Prayer for Children and Youth

CP  (Christian Post) CURRENT PAGE: LIVING | FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

Most Protestant pastors see school as 'negative influence' on spiritual formation.

A majority of Protestant pastors and half of the Catholic priests believe school is a negative influence on a child’s spiritual development, according to a new report by the Barna Group…

… Respondents were asked to rank certain entities regarding whether they had a positive or negative influence on a child's spiritual development. The categories were “parents/family,” “church,” “school,” “peers/friends,” “Christian community,” and “culture/society.”

According to their findings released Tuesday, 65 percent of Protestant respondents and 50 percent of Catholic respondents viewed school as a negative influence on a child's spiritual development…

… While school ranked high on the negative influence side, culture/society was ranked the worst, with 94 percent of surveyed Protestant pastors and 92 percent of surveyed Catholic priests saying that culture/society had a negative influence on a child's spiritual development…

… “Church and family life are important in the spiritual formation of young adults, but our research reinforces that schools play an important role too,” said Pennings.

“Church leaders, parents, and educators must understand the positive influence of Christian schooling on spiritual formation and work together to ensure that these schooling options are genuinely available for as many families as possible.”…

… In research released in January 2018, Cardus found that Generation X and millennial-aged adults who attended evangelical Protestant schools were more likely to read the Bible, attend worship, and pray than their peers who attended public schools.

 

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Friday, March 22, 2019

Christians are far more likely to say their mothers had a bigger influence on their faith than did their fathers, according to a new Barna study that examines the roles that moms and dads play in the development of children.

The study found that 68 percent of U.S. Christians who grew up with someone who influenced their faith say their mother’s faith impacted them. That was followed by the father (46 percent) and a grandparent (37 percent)…

… Christian teens are more likely to say their mother: “encourages me to go to church,” “talks with me about God’s forgiveness” and “teaches me about the Bible,” the research shows. Christian teens also are more likely to go to their mother than their father for encouragement, advice, and sympathy. Fathers edge ahead only in three categories: when teens need money, when they need logistical help, and when they want a parent to play sports.  

PRAY

  1. Father, we repent for what we have allowed the educational system in our country to become. Not only have we allowed You and prayer to be taken out of our schools but we have allowed the teaching of our God-centered history to be effectively erased.
  2. We repent of turning a deaf ear and blind eye to the brainwashing of our children and for desiring/declaring “other” material things to be more important/necessary (to spend money on) than investing in sound, scriptural education for our children.
  3. We repent of not running for school boards and for not showing up to protest ungodly sex education programs.
  4. We pray you would revolutionize the educational system in our nation to agree with your Word. We pray for income to afford private, Christian schools, more homeschoolers, and more children desiring/recognizing truth.
  5. We ask you, Lord, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children. We pray fathers will walk and talk with their children about the Lord and the ways of the Kingdom when they rise up, when they walk in the way and when they lie down. May children desire and receive a closer walk with both their Heavenly and natural fathers.
  6. We ask, Father, that you would provide safe, Godly male companionship and mentors for children without fathers.

 

South America and The Caribbean

Guatemala-Belize border dispute vote delayed?

Last year Guatemalans voted by 96 percent to take Belize to court over their border dispute (though only 23 percent of those eligible voted). Guatemala claims at least half, and potentially all, of Belize’s territory. According to Guatemala’s “Special Agreement” with Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington in 2008, Belizeans would then vote on whether to agree to go to court. Specifically, the Special Agreement asks the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to decide “any legal claims of Guatemala against Belize.” If both Guatemalan and Belizean voters agree, the ICJ will make the “final” determination of their border.

Belize has planned its referendum vote for April 10th. Its UDP government believes it has a solid case, based on an 1859 border treaty with Guatemala, to confirm that border once and for all. At first, the opposition PUP leaders also promoted a “yes” vote. After all, neither the Spanish nor the Guatemala government has ever crossed the border to exercise authority in Belize since the British colonial forebears settled there in the 17th century. And Belize gained UN recognition after it gained independence in 1981, But the concern is growing that the failure to fulfill one article of the 1859 border treaty—the building of a road from Guatemala through Belize to the Caribbean Sea—may prove to weaken Belize’s case. So now, as April 10th approaches, the PUP leaders themselves have decided to take Belize’s government to court—to delay or stop the vote.

The PUP claimants contend that UDP Foreign Minister Elrington never had the authority to make a “Special Agreement” with Guatemala to submit Belize’s fate to 15 foreign judges. They point out that the Belize Constitution requires a two-thirds vote by the House of Representatives to change Belize’s borders.

The case before the Belize Supreme Court

However, opposition PUP Senator Lisa Shoman—in a move unusual for Belize—has crossed party lines to the UDP’s “Yes” position. In fact, she has agreed to represent the UDP government’s case on April 1st at the Belize Supreme Court. Shoman argues that legally, it’s too late to stop the April 10th referendum vote. Opponents could have done so before the Governor-General issued the writ of the referendum in February. But they failed.

Yet PUP claimant Cordel Hyde says the stakes are too great to stand on technicalities. “If we go and lose, we would be crying, weeping. There would be gnashing of teeth. But we cannot do anything about it.” Other opponents have warned that Belizeans have nothing to gain by going to court.  On the contrary, Belizeans have everything to lose. Guatemalans could conceivably take over their homes, businesses, farms, even graveyards. Thus it is hard to find a single Belizean who is willing to come under Guatemalan authority. Even Guatemalans who have come to live here say they want Belize to remain Belize.

The position of prayer

Many Belizeans have called for the churches to weigh in on the referendum. Accordingly, the Anglicans and Methodists in the Belize Council of Churches recently released a statement advocating a yes vote. But the National Evangelical Association of Belize has taken into consideration the highly partisan and divisive nature of the debate. Instead of choosing a yes position or a no position, NEAB has taken a position of prayer. That God Himself will enforce His precept, “Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set” (Prov. 22:28). NEAB is calling all churches join in times of corporate prayer in all the districts of Belize as the referendum approaches.

Source: THE SPECIAL AGREEMENT (COMPROMISE) CHALLENGED IN COURT.

Pray

Pray for God to:

  1. Bring the churches together to seek God’s heart for Belize and Guatemala, and to hear and decree His solutions.
  2. Confirm where the ancient boundary has been set. Help Belize and Guatemala to settle their dispute once and for all.
  3. Show the two countries how to engage in the right relationships. Make clear His plans to prosper both of them and not to harm either of them, as good and respectful neighbors.
  4. For Venezuela, to show how to avoid further suffering and violence, to heal all its brokenness, and to empower the authorities He has assigned to do so. 

 

Revival across Europe

  1. One hundred thousand babies aborted in Germany last year

AUTHOR: Evangelical Focus BERLIN | 01 MARCH 2019
http://evangelicalfocus.com/europe/4255/One_hundred_thousand_babies_aborted_in_Germany_last_year

The official figure of the government is 100,986 abortions in 2018. Criminal or medical indications were the cause of only 4% of the abortions.

Germany aborted more than one hundred thousand babies, official figures confirmed. According to the statistics of the State-Federal Agency, 100,986 abortions were practiced in the country between January and December 2018.

Seven in ten women were between 18 and 34 years old when they aborted, and almost two in ten were aged 35 to 39. Only 3% of the abortions were practiced in cases of women aged 18 or less.

Criminal or medical indications were the cause of only 4% of the abortions, the official data collected by the German news agency Idea say.

The total figures show a decrease of 0.2% compared to 2017 when 101,209 abortions were practiced. But less children were aborted in 2016 (98,721), 2015 (99,237) and 2014 (99,715).

Every year, Christians in Germany join other social groups for the March For Life in Berlin. “Welcoming every child, supporting every woman” was one of the messages of last year’s pro-life demonstration.

The last figures of the United Kingdom say that 197,533 babies were aborted in 2017, a 10-year high. In Spain, the official figure of abortions that year was 94,123.

PRAY

  • That God will awaken His people to the value He places on the life of unborn and enable Christians to be at the forefront of efforts to defend and protect them from wanton destruction.

 

EEA issues paper on “how to respond to the LGBT rights agenda”

AUTHOR: Evangelical Focus |07 MARCH 2019
http://evangelicalfocus.com/lifetech/4275/evangelicals_europe_EEA_issues_a_paper_to_to_reflect_on_how_to_respond_to_the_LGBT_rights_agenda

The European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) has recently published a new paper “to help Evangelical leaders to reflect on how to respond to the LGBT rights agenda in public life”. The authors of the “LGBT+ Rights – Responding to a changing world” guide “pray that it will renew people’s confidence in continuing to promote a Good News approach to issues of sexuality and family”.

THEOLOGY, QUESTIONS AND EEA POLITICAL STANCE ON LGBT ISSUES

The paper came out after a “collaborative discussion, writing and approval by EEA staff. “It includes brief theological reflections on sexuality” and “it gives questions for evangelicals to reflect on how they might speak and act, being Christ’s ambassadors on these sensitive issues”. The document also highlights the EEA’s conclusions on its political stance on LGBT rights.

“CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO PROCLAIM GOD GOOD GIFT OF FAMILY”

According to the EEA, “across Europe, public attitudes on sex and family life have been changing dramatically for at least the last 50 years”. “In the West especially, nations have strayed far from a biblical understanding of sex and family [...] People, especially children, are being hurt”, the paper states.

That is why “Bible-believing Christians are called to proclaim God’s good gift of family, based on monogamous heterosexual marriage as the basic and crucial relational unit in society”, it adds. The EEA clearly points out that “moving away from God’s pattern for family life is not an option for evangelical Christians”.

COMMUNICATING THE TRUTH

It believes that “the church’s calling is to present the case concerning God’s desire for family life to fellow sinners with grace, rather than in judgment”. “There is a place for warning, especially when society as a whole is leaving a creation-based ethic.

FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE

The paper recalls that “unfortunately, there have been cases where Christians’ freedom of conscience has not been protected and they have lost their jobs”. “Human Rights law protects freedom of thought, conscience, religion and of expression “. Therefore, “profoundly held views should be respected and covered by the law, and ways must be found to accommodate the rights of all”

 

PRAY

  • That the Lord will greatly reward the European Evangelical Alliance and grant them success in their efforts to help Christians fearlessly and uncompromisingly live out their Biblically held convictions on marriage and sexuality;
  • That the Lord will enable His people to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” when faced with issues in their workplaces, schools, and communities, that seek to undermine God’s standards for marriage and the family;
  • That the Lord will cause His people to see eye to eye and to be united in their stance against every attempt to force them to give in to the pressure to accept the values being promoted in the LGBT agenda.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

 Scripture: Ps. 10:12-18 NIV and Introduction 

Israel

The US State Department is offering to shell out up to $1 million each on up to two projects that combat the rise of anti-Semitism in countries in Europe and Central Asia, an announcement said this week. The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has issued a tender this week for proposals for such projects to be carried out in member countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The bureau “will support one or more projects to counter anti-Semitism by increasing documentation and reporting on hate crimes, promoting greater societal inclusion and increasing public awareness of ways to combat hateful and discriminatory expression targeting Jews. (Times of Israel, March 28, 2019)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-state-department-offers-to-fund-programs-abroad-against-rise-of-anti-semitism/

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says it will update U.S. government maps to reflect President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. In a Wednesday email responding to questions from VOA Persian, a State Department spokesperson said the map changes would be "consistent" with a March 25 proclamation signed by Trump, saying the U.S. "recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel." (Michael Lipin and Nike Ching, VOA News, March 27, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-to-redraw-maps-to-show-golan-heights-as-israeli-territory/4851059.html

Three more countries will be joining the rush to establish embassies in the eternal capital of Israel, Jerusalem.

Juan Orlando Hernández, the president of Honduras, announced on Sunday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington D.C. that his country will be opening an embassy in Jerusalem “immediately.”

Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is a Portuguese-speaking nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. Jews first moved there in the wake of the Inquisition at the end of the 15th Century and another wave arrived in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from Morocco and Gibraltar. There are currently no practicing Jews in Cape Verde.

Not to be outdone, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă made a similar announcement at AIPAC on the same day. Romania is perceived as a strong ally of Israel in the European Union.  In April, the Romanian government approved a resolution to move the embassy, which had Dăncilă’s support, but President Klaus Iohannis, who has final say in the matter, blocked the initiative. In January she visited Israel and discussed the embassy move with Prime Minister Netanyahu. When she returned to her country opposition head, and chairman of the National Liberal Party Ludovic Orban filed a complaint against Dăncilă at a special tribunal, charging the premier with treason. (Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, March 24, 2019)

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/125148/romania-honduras-cabo-verde-moving-embassies-to-jerusalem/

Pray

  1. Thank God for the open support that President Trump and the US government has shown for Israel. Also, thank God for President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
  2. Thank God that Honduras, Cape Verde, and Romania have decided to move their embassies to Jerusalem.
  3. Pray that the US State Department’s plans to combat anti-Semitism in Europe and Central Asia will succeed.
  4. Pray for the Church and Christian ministries in Israel to more effectively reach Israel with the gospel.

 

Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe

BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE — Aid agencies in central Mozambique are recovering more bodies in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The powerful storm two weeks ago devastated parts of the country, along with large areas in neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving at least 783 people dead.

Aid agencies in the port city are scaling up their operations to feed the hungry and treat the sick. But aid agencies are also finding more bodies, says Mozambique's Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia. “In terms of the number who lost their lives, we increased to 493,” noting the number of dead in Mozambique alone. “Our main concern now is to avoid [a larger] outbreak of cholera. We will be vaccinating 800,000 people.” In Beira, 139 cases of cholera have been reported so far. (Mohammed Yusuf, VOA News, March 29, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/mozambique-cholera-cases-jump-from-5-to-139-in-a-day/4853344.html

President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe told his country during a service at the Methodist Church in Mabelreign, Harare on Sunday that the death toll was rising and could reach 200. Mnangagwa declared two days of mourning for the victims and told his countrymen that it is in times like these people should look to God. "As people, we do not know anything. We only get to know something after it would have occurred, but God knows everything, even things to come in future. Job lost all his children and wealth, but he never turned away from God,” he said. (Leonardo Blair, Christian Post Reporter, March 25, 2019)

https://www.christianpost.com/world/after-devastating-cyclone-mozambique-zimbabwe-and-malawi-look-to-god.html

GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund reports nearly half of the 1.7 million people affected by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa are children. The official number of deaths across the region has now risen to over 700. Thousands of people are still trapped by the flood waters, many huddled on rooftops and in trees waiting to be rescued.

The U.N. children’s fund reports the situation for hundreds of thousands of children caught up in this monumental storm is particularly dire. It says many do not have adequate shelter and are in urgent need of food and safe drinking water. UNICEF spokesman, Christophe Boulierac says children are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases. “Without safe and effective water, sanitation and hygiene services, children are at high risk of preventable diseases including diarrhea, typhoid and cholera, and also increasingly vulnerable to malnutrition,” he said. (      Lisa Schlein, VOA News, March 24, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/nearly-half-of-cyclone-idai-s-victims-are-children/4845773.html

Pray

  1. Thank God that the President of Zimbabwe has sought to publicly honor the Lord amid this devastation and loss of lives. Pray that God will give wisdom to government officials to lead the nations of Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe through this crisis.
  2. Pray for God to comfort and heal the families of those who have lost their loved ones through this disaster.
  3. Pray for speedy mobilization of resources, by local authorities, Governments and aid agencies toward food, medicine, shelter, clothing’s and infrastructure that has been destroyed by the flooding and cyclone winds.
  4. Pray for the outpouring of the spirit of compassion to manifest through donations and infrastructure support to enable affected communities to rebuild their lives.
  5. Pray for the children who have been impacted in many ways by this disaster. Also pray against the spread of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, etc.
  6. Pray that the Church and ministries such as Iris Global will demonstrate God’s love and share the gospel to those impacted by the disaster.

Mali

According to an article in the East African by AFP, more than 130 people were killed in an attack on Fulani village in Mali. The survivors accused the Dogon hunters of carrying out the deadly raids.  A security source told AFP the victims were shot or hacked to death with machetes. It is believed that these attacks are fueled by conflicts over grazing land and water resources. The presence of jihadist groups in the areas has contributed to Islamic terrorist activities. (AFP, March 24, 2019)

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/africa/More-than-130-killed-in-Mali-massacre-as-UN-visits/4552902-5039518-5ek50m/index.html

Pray

  1. Pray that justice will be brought to the perpetrators of the heinous killing of 130 people.
  2. Pray for God to comfort the families of those who lost their lives.
  3. Pray that the local communities and the government of Mali will find a lasting solution to deadly conflicts and that these communities will learn to value human life.
  4. Pray for the total eradication of the Islamic terror groups including jihadist operating in Mali
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Mali.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

A global humanitarian aid group reports 58 new cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week -- the highest weekly number this year. The International Rescue Committee says the real number may be higher. "With mistrust and security issues, cases are likely to be going unreported," the IRC said Sunday.

The IRC says the number of confirmed and suspected Ebola cases since the latest DRC outbreak began in August exceeds 1,000 and says it could last as long as another year. The agency says seven months into the outbreak, the number of cases should be going down, not up. (VOA News, March 25, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/ebola-treatment-in-drc/4846567.html

Six people, including a nine-year-old child and three women, have been killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Muslim rebel group, when the predominantly Christian village of Kalau near Beni in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo came under attack by the militia fighting to institute an Islamic government in the country. The four-hour attack, which lasted from 7 pm to 11 pm, also displace about 500 people, according to witness accounts.

Sources said the Allied Democratic Forces, pretending to be government security agents, stormed the village and by the time they got into the center of the village, some youths who noticed that they were rebels, raised the alarm prompting the ADF to shoot indiscriminately at anything that moved. A nurse in the Nyankunde hospital in Beni said the rebels then headed to the house of the village head. They shot and killed the guard dogs and two other villagers running from the sound of the gunfire. (Hassan John 20th March 2019)

https://globalchristiannews.org/article/six-christians-killed-in-dr-congo/

Pray

  1. Pray that the Ebola outbreak would cease, and the disease completely eradicated in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  2. Pray that those responsible for the murders of the six persons in Kalau would be brought to justice. Also, pray that God would comfort and heal the loved ones of the six persons who were murdered.
  3. Pray for the dissolution of all the Muslim extremist groups in the DRC.
  4. Pray for the protection, strengthening, and growth of the Church in the DRC.

 

Category 3

Prayer for Movement Day Global Cities, the Persecuted Church and Other Critical Concerns of Asia

Scripture   -   Psalms 29: 1 - 11

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Pray for strategic and impactful conversations as Rev. Ebony Small speaks to city leaders who want to begin their journey with Movement Day.
  2. Pray for God’s grace, provision and strength to fall on the Movement Day Africa team as their next gathering will be held on April 10th.
  3. Pray for our Movement Day Expression leaders as they work with churches, non-profits and marketplace leaders in their cities to forge unity for Movement Day!
  1. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ
  2. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  3. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

  

The Global Persecution of Christians

Open Doors Lists Top 10 Persecutors of Christians Worldwide

Over 215 million believers are persecuted with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world, Open Doors USA says in a report, listing the top 10 persecutors of Christians.

Half of the top 10 human rights offenders toward Christians are Islamist terror groups, including the Islamic State terror group, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. The brutal and targeted attacks from ISIS have driven many Christians to flee countries like Iraq, where Christianity has had a presence for nearly 2,000 years, the report says. "Ten years ago, there were nearly 1 million Christians living in Iraq, with a large majority of the population living in Mosul. Today, ISIS has been driven out of Iraq and Syria for the most part, but now they are spreading to Southeast Asia. Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi is the current leader of ISIS in western Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan," it notes.  While Islamic State was listed as No. 1, the list is not comprehensive or in particular order, the ministry notes.

The second persecutor of Christians listed is the al-Qaeda terror group,

The far-right Hindu nationalist movement" seeks to wipe out any religious expression, including Christianity, that falls outside of the Hindu faith, the report says. It mentions the Hindu nationalist association Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, which "has created a culture war and made it very dangerous and difficult for many Christians living in the region who are often forced out of villages, beaten and arrested for believing in Jesus." The governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in India is seen as the political wing of the RSS.

Fifth on the list is the al-Shabaab terror group, which is "in many ways the Eastern African version of al-Qaeda." "Al-Shabaab has terrorized the country of Somalia for the past decade and is recently focusing its attacks on the neighboring country of Kenya. In 2015, a Kenya college campus faced an attack where Christian students were specifically targeted, killing 148 in total. Any place al-Shabaab controls operate under Sharia law, which includes the slaughtering of anyone who identifies as Christian."

Another top persecutor is the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria, "whose belief is that any sort of Western influence is heresy, especially Christianity." "Boko Haram has conducted raids, bombings, and assassinations against any target it deems Western, especially churches and schools. They have taken out contracts on influential Christian leaders and are also at war with the Nigerian government," says the ministry.

Next on the list are Muslim Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, who have been accused of aligning with Boko Haram.

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index described the herdsmen, who attack Christians regularly in southern Adamawa, as terrorists in 2014. According to the index, the Fulani are responsible for as many as 60,000 deaths since 2001. Nigerian Christian leaders have warned that if the current rate of massacres continues, with hundreds of believers being killed each month, Africa's most populous nation is on the brink of decimating its Christian population by 2043.

Open Doors further identified as a top persecutor radical Islam, which continues to spread, "aiming to bring many parts of the world under Sharia Law." "The movement, which often results in Islamic militancy and persecution of Christians," is expanding in Asia, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and in African countries like Egypt, Nigeria, and Somalia.

Also making a list are drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico. "On top of the danger that these groups bring to ordinary citizens, Christians are specifically targeted," the report says. "A soul won for Jesus is a soul lost for them," it quotes a pastor from Colombia as saying. "They know that too." "For this reason, Christian evangelists are particularly targeted. Drug cartel leaders know that they are the greatest threat to their way of life."

Rounding out the top 10 on the Open Doors list is "the ultimate enemy," or Satan.  "It's easy to read this list and feel hopeless in the face of so much evil. However, in Ephesians 6 we're told our war isn't a physical war, it's a spiritual one. Behind all of the atrocities listed above is Satan, who prowls this world like a roaring lion," the ministry explains. "We are also told that God's kingdom is forcefully advancing and that in the end, Satan is overthrown and all things are made new."

Open Doors said it published the list because "Jesus commanded us, directly, to pray for our enemies." "Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." (Source: Christian Post - June 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the over 200 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  2. For the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda terror group, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations involved in the wide-scale persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Pray Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." 

 

Pakistan

CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN LIVE WITH OPEN DISCRIMINATION AND CONSTANT THREAT OF MOB ATTACKS

Under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws, Christians continue to live in daily fear they will be accused of blasphemy—which can carry a death sentence. The most well-known example of these laws is the case of Asia Bibi. After sitting on death row for more than ten years, the Christian wife and mother were acquitted of blasphemy charges in October however her life is still in grave danger from radical Islamists that have gained increasing political power in the world’s sixth-largest country. For that reason, the new ruling government must maintain good diplomatic relationships with some radical groups. Christians are largely regarded as second-class citizens, and conversion to Christianity from Islam carries a great deal of risk. An estimated 700 girls and women abducted each year are often raped and then forcefully married to Muslim men in the community, usually resulting in forced conversions. While traditional, historical churches have relative freedom for worship, they are heavily monitored and have regularly been targeted for bomb attacks (for example, the Quetta attack in December 2017 on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church). In Pakistan, all Christians suffer from institutionalized discrimination. Occupations seen as low, dirty and derogatory are officially reserved for Christians. Many Christians are very poor, and some are victims of bonded labor. On the other hand, many Christians belong to Pakistan’s middle class; however, this does not save them from being marginalized or persecuted. (Source: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/11-christians-killed-every-day-for-their-decision-to-follow-jesus/?fbclid=IwAR0haIo03fM289vd_MQXIOwTU7fqggbn1T5tzdrv_13g4OxSFXiDwyJjpOQ )

PRAY

  1. For the growth of the church and the spread of the Christian witness across Pakistan despite intense persecution.
  1. For God’s protection of Christian girls and women at risk of being abducted, raped and forced to marry Muslim men in Pakistan resulting in forced conversions.
  2. For the Government of Pakistan to pass laws protecting the rights of women.

 

North Korea

In North Korea, Christianity is the No. 1 Enemy of the State

For three generations, everything in this isolated country has focused on idolizing the leading Kim family. Christians are seen as hostile elements in society that must be eradicated. There was hope that new diplomatic efforts in 2018—including the 2018 Winter Olympics—would mean a lessening of pressure and violence against Christians. But so far that has not been the case. In fact, reports indicate that local authorities are increasing incentives for anyone who exposes a Christian in their community. If Christians are discovered, not only are they deported to labor camps or even killed on the spot, their families to the fourth generation share their fate as well. Communal worship is non-existent. Daring to meet other Christians for worship is a risky feat that must be done in utmost secrecy. Yet Open Doors estimates the number of Christians in North Korea to be 300,000 strong—believers who are defying the unjust regime and following Jesus. (Source: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/11-christians-killed-every-day-for-their-decision-to-follow jesus/?fbclid=IwAR0haIo03fM289vd_MQXIOwTU7fqggbn1T5tzdrv_13g4OxSFXiDwyJjpOQ)

PRAY

  1. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 50,000 fellow believers serving long, harsh prisons terms in concentration camps.
  2. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution
  3. For the ongoing South Korean and US-led peace settlement negotiation with North Korea  to result in the advancement of religious freedom in North Korea.

 

China

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years

Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country, but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seems to have supplied. Christian congregations, in particular, had skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signaled the end of the Cultural Revolution. Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.

China's Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa, according to the Pew Research Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025. That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline. By 2030, China's total Christian population, including Catholics, would exceed 247 million, placing it above Mexico, Brazil, and the United States as the largest Christian congregation in the world, he predicted. (Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10776023/China-on-course-to-become-worlds-most-Christian-nation-within-15-years.html )

Pray

  1. Praise God for the tremendous growth of the Church across China, despite ongoing persecution and the various attempts of the Communist Government to stifle the growth of the church.
  2. Pray against all the various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict the growth of house churches across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning free access to Bibles. 
  3. For the growth of the church across China to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

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At this, the start of another year of ministry, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends and partners for their prayers and financial support during 2018. While we know that God is our ultimate source, we are also aware that He often provides for his work through willing and yielded channels.  We therefore deeply appreciate everyone who chose to stand with us during the year. 

 

2018 Ministry Report

As we reflect on what we were able to achieve as a result of the wonderful support of our friends and partners, we are very pleased to share with you this brief ministry report for 2018. 

On May 19, IPMI hosted the Eleventh Annual Pastors’ and Leaders’ Prayer Symposium in New York City with guest speaker Dr. David Bryant, a leading scholar and expert on spiritual revival.  Seventy-five pastors and leaders from across the tristate attended the Symposium and received a free copy of Dr. Bryant’s latest book, Christ is Now, and other free resources to strengthen their prayer lives and facilitate prayer in their congregations.

We hosted the Twenty-second Annual Prayer Breakfast in New York City, with guest speaker Bishop Joseph Garlington on June 17.  Approximately two hundred believers of various denominations from across the tristate attended the Breakfast.  In addition to catalyzing spiritual revival among participating churches in the region, the Prayer Breakfast has facilitated a powerful time of prayer for the nations over the years.

IPMI collaborated with members of the clergy and the Jamaica Overseas Missions in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to host the Fourteenth Annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting (JDOP) on August 1.  Since its inception, thousands of Jamaican Christians from scores of congregations in these regions have participated in this annual day of fasting and prayer for spiritual renewal and transformation in their homeland.  The initiative has also helped to raise much-needed funds to assist two Jamaican charities that work with at-risk youth from the inner city communities on the island.           

The twenty-second Annual 21 Days Prayer and Fasting climaxed with the hosting of another powerful Global Prayer Summit on October 13 that attracted a group of local and international prayer leaders to New York City.  In addition to some great presentations from conference speakers, including Rev. Mary Glazier (Alaska); Bishop C. B. Peter Morgan (Jamaica); Dr. Joseph Campbell (Missouri), attendees had the opportunity to participate in a few powerful times of intercession for revival in the US and the various challenges facing nations around the world.

During 2018, IPMI was also busy promoting united prayer for revival for world evangelization and the healing and transformation of nations through the hosting of three monthly global prayer calls. Christians leaders from nine nations, including the US, facilitated these thirty-six global prayer calls.  IPMI also launched a new state of the art website and a special project to develop further the Schools of Prayer Program to enable IPMI to extend this great ministry resource on a much larger scale to churches locally and internationally.  The project will result in the development of a curriculum for the schools of prayer and the publication of a series of books on prayer over the next two and a half years, depending on the availability of funds.  This was, indeed, a wonderful year of ministry.   

Extending An Invitation to you to join us in 2019 

we are pleased to extend another invitation to you to join us for some great meetings, events, and ministry activities we have lined up during the year.  With your support, we are confident that IPMI will be able to accomplish even more in 2019 to facilitate the advancement of the Kingdom of God around the world, through the various programs and ministry activities that IPMI will pursue during the year. 

How can you support us during 2019? 

(i) Join us for some great opportunities to participate in a number of powerful prayer meetings and conferences during the year in support of revival for the evangelization healing and transformation of nations. click here to view our 2019 calendar.

(ii) Partner with us financially to enable us to do the following projects:

  • Completion of the schools of Prayer Project, resulting in the publication of a series of books and other training material.  The first book is expected to be completed during 2019 from the school of prayer project
  • Further development of IPMI’s website to include IPMI TV, a new innovation utilizing the latest video technology for live streaming and for viewing ministry videos online on demand.  This new innovation will greatly enhance our capacity to better serve our partners and further facilitate the expansion of the ministry of IPMI around the world in support of revival for the evangelization, healing, and transformation of nations.

To help us meet these costs we are seeking to raise an additional $10,000 during the year.

If you are an IPMI partner, please consider donating an additional amount beyond your regular contributions to help us fund these projects.  If you are not a partner, we invite you to prayerfully consider becoming one today to help support IPMI on a regular basis or just make a one-time donation to help us fund the 2019 ministry budget.  

We look forward to your support during 2019.  

 

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Welcome to the March 2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.  

 

Category One

Prayer for North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Scripture: Psalm 46 – God, the refuge of His people and the conqueror of the nations.

 

Prayer for Revival in the United States of America

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and  spiritual needs of  the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year.
  • If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunity,org)

Needs of Pastors across America

  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)

These needs underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For pastors across America experiencing loneliness, the burning out effect, other challenges of the pastoral ministry that impact negatively on their families or considering quitting the ministry as a result of discouragement to turn to the Lord, the only Rock of our Salvation for spiritual comfort, assurance, and strength. Indeed, all other grounds or bais of faith or worship are sinking sand.  
  2. For all pastors facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  3. For a revival in the church across America resulting in the growth of the church, through the additions of millions of new converts, particularly millennials and establishment of thousands of new churches.    

 

Prayer for US Government: Solution to Major Immigration Challenges

As for American policy, an immigration website notes that “The United States has been the top destination for international migrants since at least 1960, with one-fifth of the world's migrants living there as of 2017. Despite its long history of immigration, the United States has oscillated between perceiving immigration as a valuable resource and as a major challenge.”

According to Wikipedia, “In absolute numbers, the United States has a larger immigrant population than any other country, with 47 million immigrants as of 2015. This represents 19.1% of the 244 million international migrants worldwide, and 14.4% of the U.S. population.”

Against this background of a vibrant and dynamic history of immigration in America, let us pray regarding the current challenges facing the US immigration system, now considered broken and in urgent need of reforms.

PRAY

  1. For the President and Congress to work together on reforming US immigration laws to address the growing problem of illegal immigration. Pray for solutions that are just and fair in keeping with Biblical standards.
  2. For a solution to the crisis caused by the thousands of migrants from South America amassed at the US/Mexico border seeking asylum in the US.  

 

Prayer regarding children:

‘Momo’ Suicide Game Hacks YouTube Kids, Fortnite & Peppa Pig, Tells 8-Yr-Old to Stab Himself in Neck With Knife

With mounting news stories surrounding the dangers invading YouTube Kids and children’s games over the past couple weeks, it’s becoming clearer that the Internet is not a safe space for our kids, regardless of protective algorithms and filters. Violence is increasing, pedophiles are infiltrating YouTubesuicide instructions are surfacing in innocent games — and all with little effective effort being made to ward off the dangers threatening our youth.

Just yesterday, Faithit covered a story on a 7-year-old child who was told to kill herself on YouTube Kids, and today’s news is just as rattling.  An Edinburgh mother named Lyn Dixon reports the encounter her 8-year-old son had with the ‘Momo Challenge,’ a game played on YouTube, Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms that encourages kids to self-harm and eventually kill themselves…… “He showed me an image of the face on my phone and said that she had told him to go into the kitchen drawer and take out a knife and put it into his neck,” Dixon told the Daily Mail on Tuesday. “We’ve told him it’s a load of rubbish and there are bad people out there who do bad things, but it’s frightening, really frightening.”…

… Other countries where the challenge has been reported since last year include the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Scotland, Colombia, India, and Pakistan. Over 130 teen deaths have been reported in Russia alone…

…One UK school just issued another warning to parents after an alarming discovery was made that the ‘Momo Challenge’ is getting into other children’s platforms.

“We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children’s [programs],” tweeted Northcott Community Special School. “Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults. Please be vigilant with your child using IT; images are very disturbing.”

If children refuse to follow the directions of the creepily intimidating Momo character, they are threatened with acts of violence or death, such as “being killed in their sleep.”…

…Don't wait until it’s too late. Talk to your kids about the ‘Momo Challenge’ today, and share this message with the parents you know on Facebook…

PRAY

Prayer points:

  1. Father, we renounce, reject and repent of the spirit of suicide that is attempting to seduce and kill our children through social media and online
  2. We reject the spirits of murder, fear, intimidation, and lies that are randomly and without warning assailing our children as they innocently participate in online activities targeted to children.
  3. Father, we pray for your spirit of wisdom and the discerning of spirits to operate in our children so that none will fall prey to these evil enticements and suggestions.
  4. We speak life, hope and a Godly future over all our children and grandchildren. We declare and decree that they shall fulfill ALL the days and the plans and purposes the Lord has for them.

 

South America and The Caribbean

Venezuela 

"World powers watch Venezuela collapsing"

Little doubt remains that socialist Venezuela is now a failed state. Infrastructure has broken down, and almost 90% of Venezuelans live in poverty. President Nicholas Maduro has managed to hang on to power after winning the widely-discredited May elections. But one day after his swearing-in ceremony last month, a rival president arose. Juan Guaido, 35, leader of the National Assembly, claimed constitutional authority to step up as interim president. Moreover, he said he would do so only if he won the support of the military, the people, and world powers. Venezuela’s Catholic Church, for one, has been an outspoken critic of Maduro’s policies which have devastated their parishes.

"We are all here in the same boat, without electricity, without water, without medicines, without gas, and with an uncertain future," Guaido said. "We're all immersed in this crisis except the usurper."

Guido has recently traveled to Colombia and Brazil to gain support for his presidency. He plans to return to Venezuela even though authorities have threatened him with imprisonment if he does. But that imprisonment would meet with stiff international opposition.

Rival resolutions on Venezuela at the UN

Already the US has recognized Guaido and urged the world to “pick a side”. Accordingly, Britain, France, Spain, and Germany recognized Guaido after Maduro failed to arrange for new elections. Canada, Israel, Australia, and most Latin American countries have added their support for Guaido. Now the US promotes a UN resolution condemning Maduro's blockade of international humanitarian aid. But Russia seeks a counter-resolution criticizing any attempt at foreign intervention in Venezuela.

Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Cuba, and other tyrant-led countries keep backing Maduro’s dictatorship. China and Russia are propping up Venezuela’s collapsing economy. Russia is also propping up its military. Consequently, Maduro has conducted military exercises to show the world his readiness to defend his power. In response, Guaido ordered the military not to shoot or repress the people during the massive protest activity which is growing around the country.

What will happen if the military does shoot at protesters, as it did in 2017 killing hundreds? Will more Venezuelan military units defect and take the protesters’ side? Then will the US give armed support to the defectors? Subsequently, will Russia, which has already flown a fleet of bomber planes to Venezuela, arise to defend its ally? We must pray against foreign military interventions that would turn this conflict into a proxy war. Instead, we must pray for divine intervention for Venezuela!

Sources:

As West turns on him, Venezuela's Maduro flexes military muscle.

Opposition launches protests to oust Maduro as U.S.-Venezuela tensions rise.

US, Russia present rival UN draft resolutions on Venezuela.

Pray for:

  1. God's Provision of needed food, water, and other necessities for all Venezuelans while the power struggle is working out, and show them Jesus is their true Savior.
  2. Peace and protection to the demonstrations that are taking place.
  3. Foreign powers from turning the conflict into a proxy war.
  4. God's divine intervention into the affairs of the nation resulting in a miraculous turnaround, for the benefit of the people and His glory.

 

Revival across Europe

Issues for Prayer – Europe

  1. 'Don't take my Bible' - video of street preacher arrest goes viral

Mon 25 Feb 2019 | by Alex Williams

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Don-t-take-my-Bible-video-of-street-preacher-arrest-goes-viral

Footage of the moment police in London arrested a street preacher has been viewed 1.8 million times.

A video also appears to show the man's Bible being confiscated after officers in the north of the city accused him of "causing problems" and "disturbing people's days."

The Metropolitan Police told Premier: "Police were called to Southgate Underground Station at 1.52pm on Saturday, 23rd February in response to concerns raised about a man's behavior.

"An arrest was made to prevent a breach of the peace. The man was then de-arrested, and no further action was necessary."

Lawyers at the Christian Legal Centre, which has previously defended street preachers facing arrest, said it was working to identify the man and potentially offer him advice.

Anglican clergyman and former chaplain to the Queen, Rev Dr. Gavin Ashenden was among those expressing support for the evangelist online.

He said: "Perhaps the Archbishop of Canterbury and the House of Church of England bishops might like to protest in favor of the poor and marginalized street preacher at the hands of policemen who neither know nor apply the law?"

Church of England priest in Hereford, Fr Matthew Cashmore said:

"The way his bible was removed is horrendous. These officers should be ashamed of themselves for the way they dealt with this."

Archbishop Cranmer tweeted:

Dear @metpoliceuk, Setting aside the appalling ignorance of these two officers, would you handle a copy of the Qur'an like that?

(http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2019/february/lsquo-don-rsquo-t-take-my-bible-away-rsquo-shocking-arrest-of-peaceful-street-preacher-caught-on-video).

 

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will console, strengthen and embolden this preacher and raise others to continue preaching the Gospel of salvation in London and throughout the UK;
  1. The police and relevant authorities will be held to account for their mistreatment of the preacher and the general harassment that Christians suffer for their faith;
  1. That the Lord will greatly bless and grant ongoing success to the Christian Legal Centre that they will be able to continue defending and protecting the freedom of Christians to live their lives by the Christian faith.

 

"Report warns of 'increasing anti-Christian hostility' in France."

Staff writer | Sun 17 Feb 2019 15:07 GMT

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/report-warns-of-increasing-anti-christian-hostility-in-france/131788.htm

A religious rights organization has called on France's public officials to do more to stem attacks on churches and Christian monuments. 

A new report by the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe documents a wave of assaults on Christian sites across France in the past few months. The report reveals that in the first eleven days of February, there were ten recorded attacks on churches in France. 

They include arson and vandalism at a Catholic cathedral in Lavaur and acts of vandalism at three parish churches in the Vendee region where statues and windows were damaged.

Despite the spate of assaults, the observatory said that the nation's leaders are not doing enough to help protect churches from attacks and that the media too are paying 'little attention'. 

The organization fears that the incidents are a sign of 'increasing anti-Christian hostility' in the country.  It is trying to increase awareness of the threat to French churches while at the same time calling on public officials to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

'France is of particular concern now — while anti-Christian attacks are better documented here than in other European countries, the media pays little attention to them,' said Ellen Fantini, executive director of the observatory. 

'While the government recognizes Christians and Christian sites are being targeted, they don't seem high on the agenda when it comes to the political will to provide protection.'

She continued: 'We join local officials and churches in condemning these senseless and disturbing acts.

Prayer

  1. That the perpetrators of the hostilities towards Christians will be brought to justice;
  2. That the media will bring the increasing hostility towards Christians into the public arena, so that the political leaders and public officials responsible, can deal with it;
  3. That the Christians, on the whole, will recognize the increasing hostility and be united in their stand against this new wave of assault on the Christian faith.

 

"Azerbaijan erasing its Armenian Christian past."

February 26, 2019, |

https://www.christianpersecution.com/azerbaijan/azerbaijan-erasing-its-armenian-christian-past-destroys-89-medieval-churches-5840-intricate-cross-stones-and-22000-tombstones/

Azerbaijan has been erasing its Armenian Christian past, destroying medieval churches, cross-stones, and tombstones. This erasure of the Christian past has also taken place in Turkey and elsewhere. In Turkey, all over the Middle East, and in Central Asia there are mosques built on the former sites of Christian churches.

It is an attempt to efface all traces of the Christian presence, to give the impression that no Christians ever lived in a particular area from which they were driven out, and no injustice was done. This is one reason why it is so important for Christians and all people of good will to preserve historical memories of the Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian genocides of the early twentieth centuries, and all other incidents of the persecution of Christians throughout history.

On paper, the country is secular, and religion is tolerated, but in reality, churches are subject to excessive surveillance by the government https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/azerbaijan/).

The indigenous Christians with a Muslim background face the most severe persecution both by the state and from family, friends and, community. Some converts will be locked up for long periods and be beaten and may eventually be expelled from their communities. As a result, converts will do their best to hide their new faith in becoming secret believers.

On 28 January 2018, police raided a Sunday worship service of a Protestant church in Azerbaijan's second city Gyanja. Police phoned the schools of children present at the service. Fines were to follow.

On 31 January, Azerbaijan's Constitutional Court in the capital Baku wrote to Baptist pastor Hamid Shabanov in Aliabad to tell him it would not be considering his further appeal against a large fine. He had been fined for holding worship meetings without state permission. (http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2350).

Despite harsh persecution, the evangelical church in Azerbaijan is still growing. In 1991, there were only 40 evangelical Christians in the nation, but today there are about 10,000! Mission Eurasia's flexible leadership training program School Without Walls (SWW) has also been steadily growing, and their students are fearlessly sharing the gospel with their neighbors (https://missioneurasia.org/azerbaijan/).

 

PRAY

  1. That God will strengthen and protect those who face persecution and pressure from family, friends, and community because they convert to Christianity from Islam;
  2. That the Christians in Azerbaijan will be united and continue to grow and fearlessly shine the light of Christ even in the face of religious persecution.
  3. That Mission Eurasia will be increasingly successful in training and equipping young Christian leaders to be bold in their witness and effective in their service, as leaders in their churches and communities.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Scripture— Ps. 99:1-9

Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing indictment for alleged corruption, says he will lead Israel for "many more years." "Don't believe all the spin," Netanyahu told Israelis during a televised address Thursday. "But it's up to you. It's not up to the civil servants. It's not up to the television studios. It's not up to the pundits and journalists."

The prime minister is suspected of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts from billionaires — including expensive champagne and cigars — and doing favors for an Israeli media magnate in exchange for favorable coverage in newspapers and the internet. (VOA News, February 28, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/netanyahu-vows-to-stay-on-as-pm-in-face-of-corruption-charges/4808926.html

The Warsaw summit on the Middle East held earlier this month served as the latest reminder of the growth of unofficial relations between Israel and Sunni-Arab Gulf states. The conference saw Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu share a platform with foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, and Oman. These Persian Gulf countries have no official ties with Israel as of now but are nevertheless expanding their engagement with the Jewish state.

This partnership is fueled by the shared threat posed to the Middle East by radical Shi’ite Iran. Tehran’s nuclear program and regional expansion program threaten Israel and Arab states alike, creating an opportunity for cooperation that has grown considerably in recent years. (JNSFebruary 27, 2019)

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/123121/unofficial-israel-sunni-arab-gulf-states/

WASHINGTON – Republican members of Congress have introduced a bill that would recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The bill has no Democratic cosponsors and has not received the backing of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – nor of the Trump administration, which remained silent on the bill on Wednesday.

Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin put forward the measure, stating: “The United States has been committed for over 40 years to ensuring Israel’s security from attacks emanating from across the Golan Heights. The threat Iran poses to America and Israel requires acknowledging the reality of Israel’s control over the territory as a matter of national security.” (Michael Wilner, Jerusalem Post, February 27, 2019)

https://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=581929

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/GOP-lawmakers-introduce-bill-recognizing-Israeli-sovereignty-in-Golan-Heights-581929

Pray:

  1. Thank God for the bill recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that has been introduced to the US Congress. Pray for this bill to be passed.
  2. Pray for God’s will to be done in the general elections on April 9th. Also, pray for God’s will to be done in the possible indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  3. Thank God for the Warsaw summit on the Middle East. Pray for improved relations between the Sunni-Arab Gulf states and Israel.
  4. Pray for the continued success and protection of Operation Exodus—a Christian ministry helping Jews to relocate to Israel. Also, pray for Operation Exodus to have a greater profile worldwide.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Israel.

 

Sudan

The president of Sudan has declared a state of emergency, dissolved his cabinet and appointed military generals to replace the Governors of 18 states that make up Sudan. The citizens have reacted by going to the streets to protest this latest development and demand for change of regime.  According to the Sudan Tribune media, this latest development makes it even harder for Sudan to continue on the path of political dialogue for both the political and economic problems facing the country.  (Peter Kegode, IMPI Facilitator, February 27, 2019)

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article67141

The United States has expressed its “deep concern” about Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s declaration of a one-year nationwide state of emergency amid growing anti-government protests.

“We continue to evaluate the impact of President Omar al-Bashir’s announcement last Friday,” U.S. Acting United Nations Ambassador Jonathan Cohen told a meeting of the Security Council on Monday. “We’re deeply concerned about the declaration of a national state of emergency and call on the government of Sudan to respect the rights of all individuals in Sudan, bring an immediate end to the violent repression of peaceful protests, and seek accountability for those responsible for violations and abuses.”

Two months of protests triggered by a declining economy and rising commodity prices have rocked the country. Demonstrators have called for the 75-year old president to step down. His security forces have responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

Activists say at least 56 people have died during the demonstrations, a figure the government disputes. (Margaret Besheer, February 25, 2019).

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-expresses-deep-concern-over-sudan-state-of-emergency/4803128.html

 

Pray

  1. Pray for a peaceful solution to the political and economic problems facing Sudan.
  2. Pray that the Spirit of the LORD will surround the18 military generals now in charge of 18 states in Sudan.
  3. Pray for Godly wisdom and Counsel for the government and leaders of Sudan.
  4. Pray for revival and growth of the Church of Christ in Sudan.

 

Central African Republic (CAR)

GENEVA — The World Food Program is airlifting 36 metric tons of life-saving food to 18,000 people in Zemio, Central African Republic. The WFP reports Zemio, a region 1,000 kilometers east of the capital Bangui, is unreachable by road because of insecurity and transport difficulties.

This is the first time in a year that the U.N. World Food Program has launched an airlift of this scale in the Central African Republic. The WFP says the worsening security situation and impossibility of bringing food supplies into Zumio by road has created a food and nutritional crisis in the region. The operation involves eight airlift rotations. WFP has completed six of them. The remaining food supplies are being airlifted to families in Zemio on Wednesday. (Lisa Schlein, VOA News, February 27, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/wfp-airlifts-food-to-thousands-in-central-african-republic/4806009.html

CAIRO — Central African Republic's government on Tuesday initiated a peace deal with 14 armed groups following unprecedented talks aimed at ending more than five years of conflict. The agreement represents rare hope for one of the world's poorest nations, where religious and communal fighting erupted in 2013. Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in a conflict that has sent two people to the International Criminal Court.

"The difficult time starts now, and that is implementing the Khartoum Agreement. ... This agreement is crucial for peace," said Herbert Gontran Djono Ahaba, speaking on behalf of the rebels. The talks that began Jan. 24 in Sudan's capital were the first-ever direct dialogue among the warring parties. (Associated Press, February 05, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/central-african-republic-rebel-groups-initial-peace-deal/4774626.html

 

Pray

  1. Thank God that the World Food Program airlifted 36 metric tons of life-saving food to Central African Republic (CAR). Also, pray for the food to those in need.
  2. Pray for improved security in Zemio and other areas in CAR.
  3. Thank God for a peace deal between the CAR government and 14 armed groups. Also, pray for the smooth implementation of the peace deal.
  4. Pray for the exposure and removal of corrupt government officials and leaders in CAR.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in CAR. 

 

Cameroon

Some 35,000 Nigerians have crossed into Cameroon over the past two months, fleeing attacks by Boko Haram or fighting between the group and government troops. They add to a refugee population in the region that now tops a quarter million. Many of the refugees are children in need of medical care, says refugee spokesperson Elvis Aseto.

"We have a population of over 20,000 children here. We need help. The items that were distributed are now [completely used up]. ... We need UNHCR for that support, and we are now appealing for help in the name of the Lord," Aseto said.

Xavier Bourgois, the spokesperson of the U.N. refugee agency in Cameroon, says the agency and its partners have been providing humanitarian aid to the refugees who come in critical condition. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News, February 27, 2019)

NGAOUNDERE, CAMEROON — Cameroonian police officers, assisted by members of the country's elite corps, seized hundreds of containers of fuel illegally transported from Nigeria by suspected Central African Republic rebels in the northern town of Mbe, Cameroon. Rigobert Ojong, a member of a task force of military, police and civil society members, created three weeks ago to stop the illegal fuel trade, said the group received a tip that the fuel was on its way to the C.A.R., where it would be used by rebels fighting the central African state's government.

"We have put aside personnel dedicated to this fight, within the framework of this task force, and we have been able to intercept about 1,500 drums of fraudulently imported fuel. If we go by the price in the black market, we are talking about more than 3 billion CFA francs [$5 million] a year," Ojong said. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News, February 26, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/cameroon-cracks-down-on-illegal-fuel-trade/4805081.html

Pray

  1. Thank God that Cameroon law enforcement officials have been able to seize hundreds of drums of fuel being transported illegally from Nigeria by Central African Republic rebels.
  2. Pray that more humanitarian would get to the Nigerian refugees living in the Cameroons. Also, pray especially for the health and wellbeing of the over 20,000 refugee children.
  3. Pray that medical care would get to the refugees in the Cameroons.
  4. Pray that the Church in Cameroon would seize the opportunity and minister God’s love to the refugees. Also, pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Cameroon.

 

Category 3

Prayer for Movement Day Global Cities, the Persecuted Church and Other Critical Concerns of Asia

Scripture   -   Psalms 29: 1 - 11

 

PRAY

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Pray that God would anoint the emerging leaders that were in attendance during the 100 Cities Summit
  2. Pray for financial provision as leaders are planning their 2019/2020 Movement Day expressions. We have a total of 26 expressions on the calendar for 2019!
  3. Ask God to nourish every newly cultivated and reestablished relationship fostered during the week of the 100 Cities Summit.
  4. Pray for wisdom, fresh vision, encouragement and profound anointing upon both the next Movement (3/12-15), Movement Charlotte (3/16), Movement Day Dubai (3/16) leadership teams. 
  5. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ
  6. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  7. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

  

The Global Persecution of Christians

"Open Doors Lists Top 10 Persecutors of Christians Worldwide"

Over 215 million believers are persecuted with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world, Open Doors USA says in a report, listing the top 10 persecutors of Christians.

Half of the top 10 human rights offenders toward Christians are Islamist terror groups, including the Islamic State terror group, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. The brutal and targeted attacks from ISIS have driven many Christians to flee countries like Iraq, where Christianity has had a presence for nearly 2,000 years, the report says. "Ten years ago, there were nearly 1 million Christians living in Iraq, with a large majority of the population living in Mosul. Today, ISIS has been driven out of Iraq and Syria for the most part, but now they are spreading to Southeast Asia. Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi is the current leader of ISIS in western Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan," it notes.  While Islamic State was listed as No. 1, the list is not comprehensive or in particular order, the ministry notes.

The second persecutor of Christians listed is the al-Qaeda terror group,

The far-right Hindu nationalist movement" seeks to wipe out any religious expression, including Christianity, that falls outside of the Hindu faith, the report says. It mentions the Hindu nationalist association Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, which "has created a culture war and made it very dangerous and difficult for many Christians living in the region who are often forced out of villages, beaten and arrested for believing in Jesus." The governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in India is seen as the political wing of the RSS.

Fifth on the list is the al-Shabaab terror group, which is "in many ways the Eastern African version of al-Qaeda." "Al-Shabaab has terrorized the country of Somalia for the past decade and is recently focusing its attacks on the neighboring country of Kenya. In 2015, a Kenya college campus faced an attack where Christian students were specifically targeted, killing 148 in total. Any place al-Shabaab controls operate under Sharia law, which includes the slaughtering of anyone who identifies as Christian."

Another top persecutor is the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria, "whose belief is that any sort of Western influence is heresy, especially Christianity." "Boko Haram has conducted raids, bombings, and assassinations against any target it deems Western, especially churches and schools. They have taken out contracts on influential Christian leaders and are also at war with the Nigerian government," says the ministry.

Next on the list are Muslim Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, who have been accused of aligning with Boko Haram.

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index described the herdsmen, who attack Christians regularly in southern Adamawa, as terrorists in 2014. According to the index, the Fulani are responsible for as many as 60,000 deaths since 2001. Nigerian Christian leaders have warned that if the current rate of massacres continues, with hundreds of believers being killed each month, Africa's most populous nation is on the brink of decimating its Christian population by 2043.

Open Doors further identified as a top persecutor radical Islam, which continues to spread, "aiming to bring many parts of the world under Sharia Law." "The movement, which often results in Islamic militancy and persecution of Christians," is expanding in Asia, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and in African countries like Egypt, Nigeria, and Somalia.

Also making a list are drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico. "On top of the danger that these groups bring to ordinary citizens, Christians are specifically targeted," the report says. "A soul won for Jesus is a soul lost for them," it quotes a pastor from Colombia as saying. "They know that too." "For this reason, Christian evangelists are particularly targeted. Drug cartel leaders know that they are the greatest threat to their way of life."

Rounding out the top 10 on the Open Doors list is "the ultimate enemy," or Satan.  "It's easy to read this list and feel hopeless in the face of so much evil. However, in Ephesians 6 we're told our war isn't a physical war, it's a spiritual one. Behind all of the atrocities listed above is Satan, who prowls this world like a roaring lion," the ministry explains. "We are also told that God's kingdom is forcefully advancing and that in the end, Satan is overthrown and all things are made new."

Open Doors said it published the list because "Jesus commanded us, directly, to pray for our enemies." "Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." (Source: Christian Post - June 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the over 200 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  2. For the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda terror group, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations involved in the wide-scale persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
  3. Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." 

 

India

"Christian Woman Beaten, Bloodied, Chased Out by Hindu Attackers; Vows to Return With Gospel"

A 22-year-old Bible school student from India shared details of a violent attack where she and her mother were dragged and beaten by fellow villagers for their faith. Bahia told persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA, whose ministry partners have been assisting her, that she had been a Christian for almost seven years.

Despite heavy pressure to convert back to Hinduism, she refused to do so, even though some family members gave in. She described one incident where Hindu hardliners chased her across a bridge, and after she fell and lost consciousness, they dragged her from the stream below and began beating her. The anger apparently stemmed from an incident where a woman in the village passed away, and for an unexplained reason the Christians were blamed for it and chased out.

"We refused to give up our faith, which made them very angry," Bahia said of the attackers. “It's my deep desire to share God's word. I want to tell everyone that Jesus didn't just die for foreigners. He died for everyone. That's my message to the people in my village, to the people in India and people outside of our country."

Attacks on Christians in India have been ongoing for years, especially in villages and rural areas where they are offered little police protection and are targeted by Hindu radicals. In March, a Christian pastor was forced to flee for his life in the village of Kondri, Madhya Pradesh state, after attackers beat churchgoers at his house church in the middle of prayers, and vowed to burn down his home. (Source: The Christian Post )

PRAY

  1. Thank God for Bahai’s testimony of faithfulness to God amid severe persecution and also for her steadfastness in witnessing for Christ there in India.
  2. For the protection of Bahai and other Christians across India who are offered little police protection and are targeted by Hindu radicals who have pledged to cleanse India of all Christian influence.
  3. For the growth of the church and the spread of the Christian witness across India despite intense persecution. 

 

North Korea

"North Korea prison camp survivor: 'Am I a Christian? Yes. I love Jesus. But I deny it'"

North Korea took her name, stripped her clothes and shaved her hair. But there was one thing they couldn't take from "Prisoner 42": her faith in Jesus.

She survived what seemed like a death sentence after fleeing to China during a famine to feed her family. Watchdog organization Open Doors USA estimates she was one of 250,000 imprisoned North Koreans—50,000 of whom are political prisoners jailed for their Christian faith. She spent one year in solitary confinement and was released after two years of hard labor.

North Korea has been the No. 1 persecutor of Christians on the group's annual list for 18 years now. Open Doors was hopeful that diplomatic efforts -- including the 2018 Winter Olympics and the Trump-Kim summit -- would mean easing pressure and violence against Christians. But that has not been the case.

Christ followers are still seen as a "threat" to the Kim family's ideology and quickly erased from society either by death, detention centers, re-education camps, or maximum-security hard labor prison campus known as Kwan-li-so. As for "Prisoner 42," she was released after two years.  But she said she had to lie to stay alive. She told Open Doors the first thing she plans to do is find her husband and children. "We haven’t seen each other in years," she said. "But God has watched over me here in this North Korean prison, and I pray and believe that he also watches over my family every second of every minute of every hour of every day."  She added: "I need to tell them about this loving God."

 

PRAY

  1. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 50,000 fellow believers serving long, harsh prisons terms in concentration camps.
  2. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution
  3. For the ongoing South Korean and US-led peace settlement negotiation with North Korea to result in the advancement of religious freedom in North Korea.

 

China

"China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years."

Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country, but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seems to have supplied. Christian congregations, in particular, had skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signaled the end of the Cultural Revolution. Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.

China's Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa, according to the Pew Research Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025. That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline. By 2030, China's total Christian population, including Catholics, would exceed 247 million, placing it above Mexico, Brazil, and the United States as the largest Christian congregation in the world, he predicted. (Source: The Telegraph, February 2019).

Pray

  1. Praise God for the tremendous growth of the Church across China, despite ongoing persecution and the various attempts of the Communist Government to stifle the growth of the church.
  2. Pray against all the various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict the growth of house churches across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning free access to Bibles. 
  3. For the growth of the church across China to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.
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A young adult experience geared towards the spiritual revival of young adults. 

 

Encounter 2020

                     Welcome to Encounter 2020                       Our Annual Revive, Refresh, Renew Conference  

Saturday, August 1, 2020

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

484 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Free Admission

 

About Encounter 2020

Encounter 2020 is a conference geared at bringing young adults in their 20's and 30's together to experience God on another level. The world continues to quickly change in so many ways right before our eyes- yet one thing remains, we all want a deeper meaning to life and the power to fulfill it. No matter where you are in your faith or walk with Christ, this event is for you.

Encounter 2020 will start off with a meet and greet social hour. During this time, you will get to socialize and meet new people in a warm and welcoming environment - and of course, there will be tasty food! The conference will start promptly after that where you will hear a powerful message from Pastor Torrian Scott, who is the lead pastor of Harvest International Church in Brea, California. His wife Nova Scott will be the praise and worship leader.

If you are facing any struggle or battle in your life come with an open heart and a positive mind. The focus of this conference is you. Your walk. Your faith. Your Hopes. Your breakthrough. Your Encounter!

This is a completely FREE event with food during the first hour. We will also have give-a-ways! However, please make sure that you register yourself and any guest that you plan on bringing. See you soon!

 

About Revive, Refresh, Renew

Revive, Refresh, Renew is a movement geared towards the spiritual revival of young adults. 

We believe that young adults play a key role in closing the generational gap. They are potential role models for the younger generation as well as potential leaders of the present and the future.

Our mission is to provide and develop programs that will place young adults in an atmosphere to have life-changing spiritual encounters with God that will result in salvation, transformation, and healthy relationships that will have a lasting impact on living a holy and purposeful life unto God.

We are devoted to helping this group grow in their faith through our love, fervent prayer, fellowship, and programs and events. 

 

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Event Date 08-01-2020 2:00 pm
Event End Date 08-01-2020 7:00 pm
Registration Start Date 02-26-2020 12:00 pm
Cut off date 08-01-2020 7:00 pm
Individual Price Free

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