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!
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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:
Last week the College of Prayer went to prison! Specifically, to Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison in Jackson, GA to hold a Prayer on Fire Gathering. We not only felt the favor of God, we felt the pleasure of God! It was awesome. We thank God for Eric Dewayne, who opened this door, and his leadership anointing. He genuinely loves the inmates and it was obvious that God has given him favor and authority. It is truly an honor to team up with him and his significant ministry and calling. The prison Chaplain, Mr. Miller, is also a great man who walks in authority.
Despite the many changes to our schedule, we were able to serve one group of 101 inmates for an hour and forty minutes. We were able to lead them in high worship, deep repentance, receiving forgiveness, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to be empowered for ministry. Praise the Lord. It was a prototype Upper Room encounter with Christ. Rev. Donn Thomas taught on breaking the orphan spirit and healing the father wound and Fred Hartley, III taught on the Lord’s Prayer Pattern. There was a unanimous sense of God’s hand on the gathering.
The second group was smaller—probably 45 inmates whom we were able to minister to for 75 minutes. Donn again shared on the father wound and God’s grace in putting us "in family." We stayed on that track the entire session. We ended with healing prayer stations where every inmate who wanted it came up for personal prayers of blessing.
It was a good beginning. We look forward to teaming up with Eric Dewayne again to see where this goes, as God opens doors. Because this is a Diagnostic Prison, 90% of the inmates (2,350 total) come and go every 6 weeks. This means the potential of the College of Prayer going from this prison to other prisons throughout the state is higher than at any other prison. Pray with us as we seek God for His strategy to serve the prison system.
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:
"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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (407) 766-3437.