"God bless College of Prayer for the vision given that has helped us to transform our individual life. We are grateful for the materials, the teams who have visited, and enabling us to go forward into next steps...The [College of Prayer has] empowered participants to preach the good news of Jesus Christ around them ... In the coming four years, if God helps us, we plan to see this doubled in all EKHC areas, and influence beyond EKHC in other Evangelical churches."
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In January 2017 the College of Prayer International began an official partnership with the Ethiopian Kale Heywat Church (EKHC), the largest Evangelical denomination in Ethiopia. EKHC has over 9,000 churches and 9,000,000+ members. Throughout 2017, College of Prayer Campuses, called Prayer Centers in Ethiopia, have launched all across the country. There are now over 5,000 Prayer Centers utilizing the College of Prayer curriculum and mentoring, training, and equipping thousands of church leaders. One of our primary leaders in Ethiopia overseeing our work there recently wrote us:
Between July and October 2017, 6 new Campuses have launched in the Philippines and over 1,000 church leaders have been mentored, trained, and equipped. Our ministry there is led by Rev. Benji De Jesus. He recently sent in the following testimonies from Module participants.
“When I attended this College of Prayer and listened to the word of God, I really thank God because my prayer life is restored! In the past, I felt dryness in my prayer. There were times I ignored the work of the Holy Spirit. I cried to the Lord when I listened to the teachings of the College of Prayer. I asked God to forgive me. Thank God He is a loving Father to me.” ~ Participant at Metro Davao District Campus Module
“I thank the Lord for the [Modules] that I attended. The Lord manifested Himself in different ways to me, but what struck me, and I really struggle in this, it’s about forgiveness, especially because I was deeply hurt ... Honestly, I struggled a lot in forgiving this person especially [because] they owe me a lot of money. I said to the Lord, ‘If I forgive this person, it’s like I am throwing away the 200,000 pesos.’ ... But I choose to forgive and unload the burden in my life. If you want to really feel the manifest presence of God there is no choice but to release forgiveness. So, I thank the Lord I was able to attend this [Module]. It is also a time of refreshing, unloading all the burdens and struggles in the ministry. To tell you the truth, I was about to give up. I told myself I was only to do it up to December…but then I told the Lord, ‘If you use me, then make a way…or else take me away.’ So, I thank the Lord because of the fresh anointing through this College of Prayer.” ~ Pastor at Davoa City Campus Module
The following report is from Rev. Jon Mitchell, Executive Director for College of Prayer International.
Thank you for your continued prayers for our growing ministry in India. I returned in September, which was my fifth time there since we launched in India in March 2015. I had 10 flights through 5 countries, was in 8 villages and cities, and preached/taught/exhorted 18 times in 10 days at our Campuses in 3 of our key zones there. I am so encouraged by the way God is using the College of Prayer in India. We are literally impacting tens of thousands of pastors, youth leaders, women leaders, and lay leaders! Every time I go to India the testimonies become more powerful. One of our key leaders told me while I was there:
"Before the College of Prayer we were having many programs and trainings. They were equipping leaders, but very dry ... not much life. But since the College of Prayer has come it has been reviving the pastors. Many pastors had lost their prayer life. They lost their zeal for the Lord. College of Prayer has reignited their zeal. It's like the dry bones have come to life. [Leaders] are regularly saying that God has brought the College of Prayer at just the right time. More and more pastors are worshipping with joy. This was not happening before. They were like statues."
Please continue to pray as we are making plans to launch into other areas of South Asia in the next 12 months.
We are grateful and excited to announce that Rev. Luis Calderon has accepted an offer to become our Regional Director for Latin America. Luis and his wife Ximena have been a growing part of our ministry for the last two years. It is evident that God's favor and anointing is on them. Throughout the last two years, our ministry among Spanish-speaking countries and people groups has exploded. Luis has been a critical part of launching the College of Prayer in Honduras, Cuba, Ecuador, and other areas. In his role as Regional Director for Latin America, Luis will oversee campus development in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Mexico, and among Spanish-speaking groups in the U.S. and Canada.
A Honduras native, Luis, graduated from the Pastoral Ministries program at Seminario Bíblico Alianza in 1988. For close to three decades, Luis has served as a Pastor in New York, Florida, and in other states along the east coast. He's had oversight for christian education, discipleship, young adults, pastoral care, and missions ministries. He enjoys teaching and helping pastors to develop their vision for the local church. Luis is passionate about mentoring, training, and equipping pastors and leaders to revive the church.
If you plan to catch Luis outside of his ministry with the College of Prayer, count on finding him fishing at the closest beach or watching a soccer game at home with his wife Ximena. He deeply loves his children, Gabriela and Josue, and his grandchild, Joel.
To reach Luis, please email him at email@example.com or call him at (407) 766-3437.
Church leaders from 12 nations, 20 states, 71 churches, and 8 denominations gathered in Atlanta, February 9-11 for our annual iGNITE Conference. It ended up being our largest iGNITE ever. The theme this year was Ignite Your Calling. Teaching focused on how our spiritual gifts affirm and support our calling as well as how we define our calling. There were many God-encountering moments of high worship, repentance, freedom, and empowerment. One of the high moments was celebrating our 20th year as a ministry. It was fun to look back at all God has done in just a short time. If you would like to download or order the CD of teaching sessions, please click here.
"This conference has been life changing! I have encountered the presence of the Lord in a way I never have before. I have been overwhelmed by the love of God and have been released from fear that I have been fighting for years!" ~ Conference Attendee
We have officially launched the College of Prayer in our 48th country--Ethiopia! We talk often in our ministry about having opportunity to impact whole nations. That cannot be overstated as it pertains to Ethiopia. We literally have before us an opportunity to mentor, train, and equip almost 10% of the population. There are roughly 99 million Ethiopians, and over 9 million of them are part of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church, the denominational movement that has asked us to serve them. We also had another unexpected opportunity come to us while we were there. EKHC leaders asked us to come minister to a group of 100 Christian parliament leaders. So, Fred Hartley went while Jon Mitchell continued teaching our module. About 75 parliament leaders showed up and after Fred spent some time ministering to them, they voted unanimously and eagerly to have their own College of Prayer campus for parliament leaders which will launch in June 2017. Talk about discipling a nation! The EKHC also has over 140 Bible Colleges and 10 Seminaries. Over time they want the College of Prayer taught at each location along with establishing Regional Campuses in 10 zones and 9,000 Local Church Campuses throughout the country. It's quite overwhelming. Thank you so much for your prayers. God is responding!
The following report is from Rev. Jon Mitchell, Executive Director for College of Prayer International.
After thousands of miles and over 80 hours by plane and car, 14 days away, 5 different hotels, 15 times preaching/teaching to roughly 850 lay leaders and pastors, at least 4 confirmed physical healings (including partial deafness and kidney malfunction), 1 church dedicated in a village where I was the first American ever to visit, lots of emotional healings, many marriages restored and revived, significant times of repentance and forgiveness, powerful outpourings of God's love by the Holy Spirit on many wounded pastors and couples and lots and lots of spicy food, I'm home.
The testimonies continue to come in, but let me give you three:
My blood pressure was high before I came but God made a way for me to come and now my blood pressure is normal. Last year at the College of Prayer I learned to pray [personally], but now I have learned to pray with my family. Whenever I have come to these modules I have been boosted and encouraged. ~ Pastor Attendee
We now have over 550 Regional and Local Church Campuses throughout India. Our conservative estimate is that somewhere between 30,000-45,000 pastors, church leaders and lay leaders are going through our curriculum. Many leaders of the ministry we are partnered with there (India Gospel League) have said this is the greatest partnership in terms of spiritual growth that they have ever had. The impact is tangible and significant. All of this growth has come in only 18 months. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
During my first encounter with the College of Prayer, I experienced freedom from expectations on my life, other than from Christ. I recognized that if I was going to be the man that God created me to be, my focus needed to be on Him at all times, no matter what. I couldn’t worry about what others thought. The Lord also made it clear to me that the College of Prayer is what our area needed if we were going to see a revived church at the Jersey Shore, and I believe He has commissioned me to start the process of establishing a campus.
In my heart, the College of Prayer is the real deal regarding Christ and the gift of His Holy Spirit. It brings the light of Christ to dark and oppressed areas such as ours, because its mission is to build God-encountering prayer environments. These are not new teachings, nor is it a replacement for the local church, but rather it is a God-provided opportunity to come together and be unified in His Name; empowering us to reach the lost in our communities.
I can testify that at each session of the College of Prayer that I’ve attended, Christ is exalted; Christ is encountered; and His Kingdom is advanced. All the teachings are based on the Lord’s prayer pattern found in Luke 11. As a pastor of a local church, I see the College of Prayer as a tool to help identify, train and equip disciples to work together through their church, their neighborhoods and beyond. Because the only thing that is going to change our local culture will be a powerful movement of the Lord.
Psalm 2:8 says “Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” If [this] scripture is true, and it is, then the size of our ministry is determined by the size of our prayer life. Not the type of prayer meetings that pray for our loved ones, but prayer meetings where we seek the face of God in worship; that call us to repentance; where we pray to rid the land of idols and demolish strongholds; with a passion to see Christ’s Kingdom advanced.
There are many seminars you can attend to give you head knowledge. Many concerts you can go to [that] entertain you and help you feel good. But the proof is in whether or not spiritual transformation comes and empowers you to be part of what God wants to do in reaching the lost and hurting of our communities. The College of Prayer’s mission is to help us make that happen!
~ Mike Dryburgh, Pastor at King of Kings in Manahawkin, NJ