- Pastoral couples and ministry leaders were so receptive to the teaching and very tender during times of response.
- It was a weekend of seeing God activate prayer among families as they were led in actually praying together. There is no way to estimate the kingdom impact that comes from agreement in prayer among families!
- College of Prayer leaders Jimbo and Timbrel Hull both taught. Jimbo taught on Death to Self, Alive to Love and Timbrel taught on Healing Wounds. We saw Jesus redeem many painful memories. It was a heavy morning on Saturday, but God ministered deeply to people. It hurts so much to relive those tragic moments, but God removed many stings of death that had landed so deeply in peoples hearts. The message on Death to Self paved the way to complete openness to God’s healing hand.
- We continue to be amazed at how the host church for this College of Prayer Campus has been impacted as they ingest and apply what they have learned from College of Prayer to their already existing model of ministry/discipleship. Worship leaders knelt as they sang and shared testimonies about surrendering in worship first and enjoying God’s presence. Ministry leaders shared stories with Luis about how God has begun to speak through them, giving even shy leaders capacity to minister specifically to others with the prayers that God gave them
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Thank you for your prayers for the recent College of Prayer at our Tranqueras, Uruguay Campus that was held January 4-5! Here’s some highlights of what we saw God do:
The following report is from Rev. Luis Calderon, Regional Director for Latin America.
From the October 29-31 I was able to return to Guadalajara and teach the second module of the first year of our curriculum, "Lord, Teach Us to Pray!" Once again the Lord exchanged our ashes for His glory, our mourning for His oil of joy, and our anguished spirits for His mantle of joy. One of the sisters there gave her testimony of having been delivered of her mourning that had lasted for more than 30 years when her baby died. Another brother told us about the spiritual stronghold of fear that the enemy had placed in his mind. His grandfather and father had both died young, and this young man lived with fear that he also would die young. It was also glorious to see once again how the Lord renewed strength and healed wounds while ministering to pastors, their spouses, and other church leaders.
We were also able to establish a new Regional Campus in Mexico City, November 2-3, with participation from local pastors, church leaders, and missionaries from 3 denominations, representing at least 9 congregations. The most beautiful thing for me was to see 7 College of Prayer facilitators, who had been trained in our Advanced Leadership Training back in May, teach and minister in 4 of the 6 lessons during the two day Module. Praise God for the way He reproduces spiritual fruit!
The following report is from Rev. Luis Calderon, Regional Director for Latin America.
From September 4-10 I had the enormous blessing of ministering to those of my nation, Honduras. Once again the Lord manifested His beautiful presence before a group of 120 pastors and church leaders who represented 20 congregations. Twelve of these churches have already launched College of Prayer campuses, and 8 of them expressed their desire to begin them in the coming months. I thank the Lord for giving me the privilege of completing the 3 years of our College of Prayer training there. It has been a great blessing to have visited my country for three years and to see how God has built and strengthened His church through the College of Prayer.
The following report is from Pastor Ricardo Renteria who helped launch a College of Prayer Campus in Mexico City, MX, July 13-14.
What a blessing to have been part of the first College of Prayer Campus to launch in the Mexico City metropolitan area. This took place in Gethsemane Church of the Nazarene in Cuautitlan Izcalli. Over 80 pastors and church leaders attended the Module.
God’s manifest presence was there and the Holy Spirit worked in a very powerful way! Several people testified during the Sunday morning service of how God touched their lives and how blessed they were with everything that took place during the two-day Module. People were also challenged to seek God and His manifest presence and be filled with the Holy Spirit and hear His voice.
I praise God that I was able to be part of the launch by leading worship and teaching in the church where I began my ministry many years ago. Praise God for the work He began here, and we pray that God will continue to work and touch the lives of churches in this region.
The following report is from Rev. Jimbo Hull, a missionary in Montevideo, Uruguay who participated on the team leading this launch.
Pastors and church leaders from 9 churches around Uruguay gathered in Tranqueras in the northern part of the country to launch the College of Prayer in its 60th country. This launch was an answer to 5 years of specific prayers for Uruguay to open. God’s timing, as usual, is always right. We praise God that Rev Luis Calderon (Regional Director for Latin America) was able to be here and God used him tremendously. During the weekend we saw hurting people enter into the Presence of God, and God’s love leading healing their pain.
There was major breakthrough for every pastor and church leader that attended. The mentoring, training, and equipping of pastors and church leaders to reach a lost world through a revived church is coming to fruition in Uruguay! The day following the College of Prayer Module, we attended a weekly church service and saw a pastor who had attended. He had encountered the manifest presence of Christ in high worship, deep repentance, forgiveness of sins, deliverance of strongholds, filling of the Holy Spirit, and was empowered to serve. There was a marked difference in the way he ministered to his church. We’ve been there in these churches many times before and that day was different. God’s manifest presence was there. The people attending the church service, most of whom were not a part of the College of Prayer Module, were lead to a fresh encounter with Christ and it was beautiful. Almost every one of the nearly 400 people in the church service were at the altar weeping before the Lord, receiving His love, for about a third of the service time. There was a marked difference because that pastor had attended the College of Prayer and his life was transformed in the presence of Christ, and now he was leading his people into the presence of Christ. Glory to God!
The following report is from Pastor Ricardo Rinteria, who participated on the team leading this launch.
On May 15-17 a new College of Prayer Campus was launched in Guadalajara. For 3 days we gathered at Iglesia Alianza Cristiana Príncipe de Paz, which is on the top floor of a building. It is literally an “Upper Room" and God showed up in that Upper Room! Our team, led by Rev. Luis Calderon (Regional Director for Latin America), along with a group of more than 7 churches represented, experienced a fresh encounter with God. Here are some highlights:
We celebrate the establishment of the College of Prayer in a new country. On May 10-12 the College of Prayer was launched in Lusaka, Zambia. There were 25 Zambian pastors and church leaders present. Rev. Theo Burakeye, Regional Director for Southern Africa, and David Cheeks led and facilitated this launch. The Zambian leadership responded wholeheartedly to the manifest presence of Christ and to the vision of the College of Prayer. Those present found new freedom in Christ as they were loosed from spiritual strongholds. Twelve leaders committed to start Campuses across the region. The first of these is already scheduled to begin on May 22. Already, 50 people are registered to attend this new Campus.
We rejoice in the entry of the College of Prayer into this nation and we anticipate deeper roots leading to plentiful fruit. Thanks be to God!
We had a great launch for the College of Prayer in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Rev. Jon Mitchell, our Executive Director, along with two pastors from the U.S. and our National Coordinator for India, Rev. Stephen Sundilla, established “hub” campuses in Kathmandu, Nepal March 14-16 and in Madampe, Sri Lanka March 19-21. In both locations, the first part of our Year 1 Curriculum, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray” was taught and then a day was spent teaching the Advanced Leadership Training so that those pastors and church leaders attending became equipped to launch their own College of Prayer Campuses throughout the country.
The 60 pastors, women leaders, and youth leaders that attended in Nepal were fully engaged. There were significant moments of repentance and hunger for a move of God. The evangelical church in this country is very young; roughly 60 years old. We have an incredible opportunity to invest early in the life of the church here, helping it become rooted in prayer and power! Out of this hub campus, 7 Regional Campuses will launch in the next 6 months (the first is launching in May). These Campuses, led by those we are mentoring and training in Kathmandu, will bring together multiple churches for fellowship, prayer, worship, and empowerment. Several Local Church Campuses will also launch that are serving more isolated churches that can’t gather as freely or easily. There were so many great testimonies from the church leaders who attended. Here are just a few:
“Thank you for reviving the pastors from these village districts. It’s a great privilege. All of us are leaving empowered. Many were saying there were a lot of distractions before they came here, and now they know why - because of the blessing this has brought. The enemy wanted to keep them away.”
In Sri Lanka we had 30 pastors and church leaders gather who oversee roughly 1/3 of the churches in the network we are serving, meaning they are shepherding thousands of Christians in this beautiful country. They will launch 6 new Regional Campuses and at least 8 new Local Church Campuses. Jon Mitchell said, “When I first came to Sri Lanka in 2005, I witnessed the devastating effects of the tsunami that had destroyed so many lives. This time, I have witnessed a life-giving tsunami of God’s love, truth, forgiveness, healing, and power that will revive the church and reach the lost.” Here are a few testimonies from pastors who attended:
“I have been a pastor for 15 years. I have been to many trainings and many teams have come here. They preach, teach, and they go. This team is different. I have never seen a team like this. You have not just come to teach, you have knelt down and prayed with us, you have prayed for our nation, and prayed for our families. You have all become one of us.”
Thank you to all who prayed and supported the launch of the College of Prayer in these two great countries. Thousands of lives will continue to be impacted as we continue to mentor, train, and equip pastors and leaders to reach a lost world through a revived church!
In November, Latin America Regional Director, Rev. Luis Calderon, headed to Peru to continue mentoring, training, and equipping church leaders at our Campuses in Lima and Trujillo.
In Trujillo, the small church that holds about 160 comfortably was packed on the first night and more and more showed up every night, reaching beyond 300 people. The first night, every single person came forward to the altar, bowed and prostrated themselves in the Presence of the Lord, and stayed there for quite a while. This was the environment every night. These people are hungry and want more of God! The last night of the Module there were so many people crammed into the church that they were literally overflowing into the street. At the end of the evening, Luis called the young people to the front. Between 75-100 young people came forward. God moved on them in such a way that every one of them wept before the Lord. Visions were seen of other lands and assignments were given to go to those lands.
We found out that since the College of Prayer launched in Trujillo in April 2017, people in the church are gathering at 6 AM for an hour of prayer! Not a day passes without beginning the day in an hour of prayer at this church. They now have to hold 5 services on Sundays, as there are over a 1,000 people wanting to come to church there. They are looking to plant another church because of the overflow.
The following report is from Rev. Fred Hartley, III, President of College of Prayer International.
As I sat with 200 Cuban pastors in the capital city of Havana and listened to testimony after testimony of the dramatic impact the College of Prayer has had in this communist nation, I bowed my head in profound gratitude to Christ and said once again, "Lord Jesus, if the College of Prayer was born just for Cuba, it all would have been worthwhile! Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!"
"We have now started 74 different Prayer Centers, or Campuses, of the College of Prayer. Each of these Prayer Centers are experiencing a dramatic transformation. God is sending revival to Cuba." ~ Cuban Pastor
"When I introduced my people to the seven rooms in the House of Prayer, they were overwhelmed. They had never heard anything like this. As I led them in prayer into each of the seven rooms, many were literally knocked on the floor in the presence of God’s holiness. We encountered Christ in each of the seven rooms." ~ Cuban Pastor
"In the central area of Cuba there has been a stronghold of witchcraft. Since we have introduced the College of Prayer we have seen many repent and come to Christ. It is as if God is breaking the power of the enemy and pushing back the darkness in our region. Praise the Lord." ~ Cuban Pastor
I want to call us to strategic prayer for Cuba in several specific ways, as follows: