Millions to gather for Global Day of Prayer


JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The annual Global Day of Prayer will be broadcast worldwide via satellite on Saturday, June 11, for the first time from a city in the United States, Jacksonville, Florida.

The Global Day of Prayer unites Christians for worship through praise and prayer while mobilizing the Church to become involved in social issues, such as redeveloping urban areas, feeding the poor, and supporting the oppressed.

According to event organizers, last year more than 400 million people joined together for the Global Day of Prayer celebration, broadcast from Cape Town, South Africa. This year it is expected that one-half billion will participate, making it the largest prayer gathering in the history of the world.

"It is historic to have the center of this international prayer movement in the U.S. for the first time," said Walter Bennett, Global Day of Prayer Conference Organizer.

He added, "In addition to the live satellite program, which will unite Christians worldwide, we've added two pre-conferences to this year's activities, that allow the opportunity for individuals to join together in in-depth discussions regarding leadership, worship and prayer."

The Global Day of Prayer commemoration will conclude with a worldwide telecast beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT. South African businessman Graham Power, who founded Global Day of Prayer in 2000, will share milestones of the movement's history and conduct live phone interviews with a number of the individuals participating in their own countries around the world.

"It is amazing to see how God took this small vision he gave me and has grown it into such a powerful ministry," said Power in a news release. "We look forward to what He will do this year." During the event on Saturday night and after the event that night, this link will be dynamically loading the player with the various segments from the event: performances, speakers, etc so viewers can choose their videos but watch any and all of it. addthis_pub="christianexaminer"; addthis_logo = ? logos/CElogo_222.jpg ?; addthis_header_color = "#33569b"; addthis_header_background = "#e4e4e5" addthis_brand = "ChristianExaminer"; addthis_options = ?email, favorites, digg, delicious, myspace, google, facebook, reddit, live, more'; addthis_language = "en";