First ever Global Day of Prayer sees millions join in prayer

By May 16, 2005

International (MNN) — It’s a day that’s not the culmination of something. It’s the beginning of a worldwide effort to transform the world for Christ’s sake. Millions of Christians gathers in 150 nations for this global prayer effort. We have reports from many nations.

Fiji started off the event. Manasseh Kolovoso reports, “The government has realized the importance of divine intervention. The government also realizes the importance of dedicating our land back to God.” Kolovoso says young people also got involved. “For two hours, the youth of Fiji called the nation to repentance, claiming the nation for Jesus Christ.

Indonesia, which is predominately Muslim, also held a prayer rally in Jakarta. Mark McClendon was there. “Nearly 100,000 people have gathered here and the event is being broadcast nationwide. And, remembering Indonesia has one of the world largest Muslim populations. Tonight is truly an historic event.” Christians cried out to God to transform this nation politically, socially, economically and spiritually.

In Hong Kong, Dean Rainey says 30,000 people attended the event in the city’s stadium. “30-percent of the Christian population attended, uniting the diverse Christian population,” says Rainey. Christians also faced China, and prayed for believers suffering for the faith under Communism.

30,000 also attended the Global Day of Prayer in Taiwan. Bonnie Sun reports, “Rain didn’t prevent believers from coming together. Many came with their entire families. Over 100 churches participated in the rally with flags and palm branches. (The rally) was broadcast over national television.”

According to reporter Steve Martin, the Liberian Council of Church didn’t find out about the event until a few days ago. “This is a country that’s just emerging from over 14 years of civil war, but today, the local church here is praying for peace and unity upon the country, and the church.”

In the United States, Pastor Rick Warren of Purpose Driven Ministries, spoke to thousand in Dallas, Texas sending people out to transform the cities where they live first, then abroad.

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