GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER 2009 FEEDBACK
We stand in awe of what God did during the 10 days leading up to, and including, this year’s Global Day of Prayer on 31st May. With hundreds of millions of Christians from all 220 nations in the world synergising in united repentance and prayer on one dedicated day, we have the full assurance from scripture that God will come in His power and transform hearts, minds, communities and nations for His glory.
Reports are coming in from all over the world about the remarkable time spent together in God’s presence. The sun shone, the wind blew, it rained and stormed, it was freezing cold, it was boiling hot – but nothing distracted believers, young and old, who had gathered in small groups, large stadiums, churches, cathedrals, open parks, town squares, and in homes, to pray and glorify God. The significance of all 220 nations participating this year was huge – it is an amazing milestone in church history, and could only have been achieved though the obedience and commitment to the vision that God gave for a global day of united repentance and prayer.
There has been very encouraging feedback from many parts of South Africa, especially from places where there had been little or no unity amongst church leaders.
Themba Sibanyoni from the great Tubatyse region in Limpopo writes; “After five years of no corporate meetings in our region, about 1000 Christians, from all walks of life, gathered at the Steelpoort Academy for a day of united prayer - and since then pastors have committed to meet every Thursday for a time of fellowship and prayer”.
Lewies van Zyl of Mossel Bay had this to say; “We had the best Global Day of Prayer since we started in 2002. There was no show, only praise, worship and prayer. The atmosphere was stunning…we sang and prayed…our 24/7 coordinator repented on behalf of all of us, we had 5 minutes of silence as we bowed down before God in silent prayer – this was unbelievable, I cannot describe it!”
The youth of our nation have also been very actively involved in our GDOP strategy this year. In many towns prayer rooms at schools were set up, running for the 10 days. Youth groups got together on the Friday and Saturday, before the Global day of prayer, and had concerts of prayer and worship – united with one vision- transformation of their generation. They had outreaches to the under-privileged in their communities and prayer walks in so many towns. How encouraging it was for us to get the communication of such passion for prayer amongst the youth of our nation.
Many other similar reports have come in from all over the country, as believers put aside their theological and racial differences, and joined together in united prayer with the rest of the world. New ground was broken this year when a GDOP team spent 10 days travelling to all 9 provinces in South Africa – specifically visiting the townships and informal settlements to connect with church leaders, build relationships, and share the vision of global prayer. The strategy is, over a period of time, to visit all communities in this country – especially the townships and informal settlements – to envision, mobilise and equip believers in a corporate prayer culture that will result in greater unity within the Body of Christ, and Godly transformation taking place in the nation.
We would love to know what happened and is happening in you neighbourhood, village, town, city or township.
The GDOP SA Team
Source: Transformation Africa (SA) Date Added: 2009-07-03
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