We in the Canadian and American
delegations were, on the whole, very pleased with how the North
American Prayer Congress in Mexico City went. There were
approximately 2000 from all across Mexico including a good number of
pastors and the 15 of us gringos from up north. It was a very
joyful, vibrant and colorful time with much worship and extended
times of sharing and prayer for each nation and for the continent.
Reconciliation issues, poverty/development, children and indigenous
peoples were special foci of the event.
The congress was followed by the March of Glory on the main plaza
with the participation of some celebrities who have recently come to
the Lord and children who prayed for Mexico, Canada and the USA as
they held aloft each flag. Hundreds of thousands of believers took
part in the march, and many of them stayed to worship and pray all
night long. I believe that the Lord is uniting our hearts and the
hearts of our nations through this process. Thanks for praying with
Now may I ask your prayer support for the following:
Please pray for crucial presidential elections in Nigeria this week.
Many Christians are fearful that their religious freedom could be at
stake if a Muslim president is elected because there has been
considerable persecution and religious conflict in the northern part
of the country, causing the deaths of many on both sides. Please
pray for His peace, order and the right person to be elected who
will serve all Nigerians in reverence for God and love for the
As mentioned in the past, World Vision is undergoing a major
reorganization and needs Godís special grace as we look for the
right people for open leadership positions and seek to integrate our
commitment to Christ and the practice of transformational prayer
into all we do. We would deeply appreciate your continuing to pray
with us about these things.
In early September, a couple hundred prayer leaders from many
nations, including a significant number of child prayer leaders,
will come to New York City to pray for the United Nations and for
our world just before and during the anniversary of 9/11. Many have
written off the UN as ineffective and corrupt, but we believe that
as His people pray for this most influential of international
institutions, we will see Christís transformation at work in the way
it operates. A small team has begun work on the preparations. Please
pray for the Lordís favor in getting permission for the use of
facilities and for His calling of all who should be involved in this
vitally important initiative, both from overseas and locally.
Finally, please remember the Caribbean Prayer Summit, May 2-5, now
in the final stages of preparation. Pray that the many islands of
this vast region will be well represented with the right people
being able to come and that they will experience the Lordís
provision of funding for their airline tickets and accommodation.
Maria and her team need Godís grace, strength and wisdom in all the
details they are attending to regarding program and logistics.
Thanks for upholding these crucial concerns.