2012, Year of Challenges and Opportunities
A Message from Newton Gabbidon, IPMI’s President.
For a majority of Christians around the world, the Christmas season is a time of reflection on the greatest 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 one and 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 intercession.
Here at Intercessory Prayer Ministry International, we are deeply grateful to the Lord for the opportunity He has offered us to share in this wonderful ministry of reconciliation. This Christmas season, as we pause to reflect on the miracle of the advent of Christ’s coming and of its relevance to our troubled world, we are ever mindful of the support that we received during 2012 from our friends and partners and would like to thank specially those of you whose prayers and financial support helped to keep the organization going during this rather challenging year. We would also like to use this opportunity to provide you with this final ministry update for 2012.
Despite the huge economic challenges from the global recession, 2012 proved to be a very busy year for IPMI as the organization took advantage of a number of ministry opportunities to advance the Kingdom of God locally and internationally through the hosting of a number of programs. We are also grateful to the Lord for the growth and development that took place at the ministry as a result of the hosting of these programs. One important strategy that has been utilized by IPMI's leaders, over the past few years, to foster such growth and development of the organization, involves the collaboration of IPMI with pastors and other ministry leaders both locally and internationally. A few of the programs the ministry hosted during the year benefited greatly from this collaborative strategy. One of these programs is the Eighth Jamaican Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting for Renewal and Transformation in Jamaica, which IPMI hosted on Monday, August 1 in association with pastors of various denominations and leaders of other key Diaspora interest groups in the in USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In addition to mobilizing thousands of Jamaicans of various denominations to unite in prayer and fasting in support of the nation's 50th Independence Anniversary, the program helped to raise much-needed funds for two charities in Jamaica that minister primarily among the youth from the nation’s inner cities. Other key programs like the Fifth Annual Pastors and Leaders Prayer Symposium and the Sixteenth Annual International Prayer Breakfast, which IPMI hosted in June, also benefited from this collaborative strategy, evidenced by the strong support the programs received from pastors and churches from across the tri-state.
Another important strategy that facilitated the work of IPMI during 2012 involved the continued development of our new web site as well as the application of new technological innovations in the development and promotion of ministry programs. Through these tools, we were better able to effectively mobilize our partners locally and internationally to support the ministry. The highly successful Monthly First Thursday Global Prayer Teleconference , facilitated by our friend Esther Ilnisky, Founder/President of Esther Global Network and the Children’s Global Prayer Network in Florida and other pastors and prayer leaders locally and internationally, is an example of just how well the utilization of these technological innovations have helped IPMI advance its mission globally through facilitating intercessors from around the world to join us on first Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST, for a powerful one hour time of prayer for the nations . What an amazing difference these ministry opportunities must have been, during 2012, not only to IPMI, participating individuals and churches but to the nations that benefited from these powerful times of prayer?
As the Lord permits, we are desirous of taking advantage of whatever opportunities He might offer IPMI during 2013 to continue sharing in His glorious ministry of reconciling the nations to the Father through the marvelous work of intercession. Once again we thank you for your support during 2012 and invite you again to consider prayerfully partnering with us through your prayers and financial support during 2013.
A Happy and Peaceful Christmas to you and your family from all the leaders of IPMI.
Yours in His service,Newton GabbidonPresident