Praying With Power - Press Release

Like citizens from different parts of town mustering for training at the armory, intercessors from many nations arrived in Colorado Springs over Valentines weekend to arm themselves for powerful praying. "Empowering Ordinary People for Extraordinary Exploits" was the theme as 2500 "ordinary people" prepared for prayer journeys during Praying Through the Window III through October 1997.

The conference, "Praying with Power" was sponsored by CIN, the Christian Information Network, part of the AD2000 and Beyond Movement's United Prayer Track, and by the World Prayer Center. Fifty trainers came from 22 nations to teach at the conference.

The theme took many faces as participants attended seminars ranging from Strategic-Level Warfare Prayer, to practical advice in Crossing Cultural Barriers.

In order for the goal of the AD2000 and Beyond Movement "a church for every people and the gospel for every person" to be achieved, conference speakers emphasized how every part of the Body of Christ is becoming involved: women, children, teenagers. Reports worldwide revealed longstanding denominational, cultural, racial, gender, political, and sociological barriers are crumbling through multilateral work toward this goal. Leaders from places where the church is young and virile shared their experience with those from places where the Church is old and hoary with tradition, often weighted by complacency. Christian Indonesians, Arabs, Pakistanis, Japanese, and Indians recounted healings, raisings from the dead, dreams, visions, masses turning to Christ in response to united prayer and fasting.

In order for the goal of the AD2000 and Beyond Movement "a church for every people and the gospel for every person" to be achieved, conference speakers emphasized how every part of the Body of Christ is becoming involved: women, children, teenagers. From every region, reports revealed that the Lord is breaking down longstanding denominational, cultural, racial, gender, political, and sociological barriers between Christians because of growing commitment to this goal. Leaders from places where the church is young and virile shared their experience with those from places where the Church is old and hoary with tradition, often weighted by complacency. Christian Indonesians, Arabs, Pakistanis, Japanese, and Indians shared their stories of healings, raisings from the dead, dreams, visions, masses turning to Christ. When asked why these are more commonplace in places where the church is new, a Korean missionary to Kazakstan said that the movement of the Spirit in Jerusalem has gone around the world and is now at the ends of the earth because the earth is at the end period of time.

Central motivation for these people and for a growing number around the world is the conviction that only when the church completes its mission on earth by fulfilling the Great Commission of Christ will the Lord Jesus return. "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come. Matt 24:14 (NAS).

While every nation on earth contains Christians within its borders, not every ethnic people group has an indigenous church within it. The term "nations" in the above prophecy, or "peoples" in the Great Commission, refer, in the original Greek language, not to political boundaries, but boundaries of language and ethnicity.

Every other year, Praying Through the Window, coordinated by CIN, involves tens of millions in praying for spiritual breakthroughs in the 10/40 window, that region of the eastern hemisphere stretching between ten degrees and forty degrees north of the equator. This year's focus, expected to involve 50 million people in daily prayer, will send hundreds of teams to pray onsite for the AD2000 Movement's Joshua Project Peoples, 1739 of the world's ethnic people groups most in need of a church planting movement. Two years ago, Praying Through the Window II involved an estimated 30 million people praying and supporting 607 prayer journeys into the major cities of the 10/40 window.

For WEB access to a daily conference report and for more information on the Joshua Project Peoples, go to http://www.ad2000.org.<>

For more information about participating in Praying Through the Window III, contact:

For text of the Praying Through the Window III daily prayer guide, go to http://www.goshen.net/calebproject/ptw3/index.html

Publications Director, AD2000 & Beyond Movement

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