|This month, the critical beginnings of our prayer initiatives took place. Below, team leaders Keith Edwards and Paul Drost share their experiences. More dates are being scheduled and we'll let you know the dates/times/locations as they become available. |
NOTE: Weekly prayer sessions targeting Baltimore City are being held on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30 pm at Moravia AG.
THE WAR ROOM
In August, the movie "The War Room" will launch in theaters around the country. It is a powerful motion picture that calls the body of Christ to take off the gloves and fight the battles in prayer - battles for the souls of people.
On Saturday, July 11th, several churches gathered together and entered the War Room. We met at Bethel Tabernacle in SW Washington D.C. to intercede for our nation's Capital. It was a passionate time of prayer as some led in prayer followed by groups gathering in circles to pray.
We prayed that God would rise up a movement of prayer that leads to a great spiritual awakening like none that DC has experienced before. We prayed that He would grip our fellowship with a burden for the cities, and unity as we work together for Kingdom expansion. We asked God for favor with the gatekeepers of the city, wisdom for new strategies and boldness to proclaim God's word.
While praying, Pastor Fitz Carter, of Bethel Tabernacle, was called outside to minister to someone who was in desperate need of God's provision and God's love to be shown in a tangible way. Pastor Fitz took him to a convenience store and bought him food and prayed with him. This is a common experience for him and it reminded us that planting churches is about reaching people for Jesus.
The needs of the city vary greatly and it will take all kinds of churches to make the impact that we are praying for, and a God is already at work calling potential planters who care about the urban centers. He is at work calling our churches to create war rooms of unified prayer.
Team Lead, C32 Washington DC
The C32 Baltimore CityQuake prayer meeting got off to a powerful start Monday morning, July 13. 55 people met at Highlands Community AG Church for a motorcoach prayer tour. Our vision is to plant 8 life giving churches.
We prayed to see and experience God's heart for the City. We met to pray with and receive the blessing of those already faithfully ministering there. We stopped and prayed in locations that were ground zero for the recent Baltimore riots.
Those praying included 28 pastors from both AG and other interdenominational backgrounds, Brian Bolt of City Reach, several studying for the ministry, church board members, and several intercessors.
A special guest was Lt. Colonel Russell, a Baltimore CIty Police officer and Head of Community Partnerships for the Police Department. LTC Russell is a spirt filled man who challenged us to be part of a healing effort for a city in great need and in the grip of the Adversary. But he also encouraged us that the city is ripe for church plants that will love the city, love the people, and take the hope and love of Jesus to the lost, hurting and confused.
Don Campbell, Pastor of Moravia AG in Baltimore, acted as tour guide and gave a keen, insightful spiritual history of the City.
There was a wonderful response, the motorcoach was full, and the experience was beyond expectations. Many came to us on the streets and thanked us for praying. Overall, a powerful spirit of intercession humbled us, opened our eyes, and melted our hearts for the people of Baltimore. These precious people made in the image of God are waiting for us to come with the love and hope of Jesus.
Pray, Plant, Multiply!
Team Lead, C32 Baltimore