NEW YORK Two months after the International Day of Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem, reports from around the world have come in to the events sponsor the New York-based Eagles Wings ministry.
"The Old Testament Scripture is clear," said Director of Development for Eagles Wings Joel James. "God will reestablish His people again. In 1948, that miracle process began, and Israel became a nation against unprecedented circumstance.
It's the greatest prophetic sign in modern times, he added, referring to the biblical prophecy that before the second coming, Israel would become a nation again. Leaders from around the world met to pray for peace in battered city of Jerusalem, torn by centuries of religious disputes. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all claim the city as their holy city.
In Kerlsruhe, Germany, over 1,500 believers, 20 major Christian leaders, and several members of the Israeli government gathered at Missionswerk on Oct. 2, to participate in the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem in Germany, according to the report.
In Singapore, several churches and ministries with a heart for Jerusalem gathered in the city to hold a Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.
It has always been our desire that these groups will come together and it happened, stated Gilbert and Almena Carthigasu. Wow! DPPJ was a blessing because it has brought us together.
In all, tens of millions of Christians gathered in simultaneous prayer from 82 nations, according to Vanessa Coenraad, public relations director of Eagles' Wings.
In the United States, six cities had representation from Israeli consulate: Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. A coordinated 24-hour prayer and worship vigil between New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles preceded the day.
U.S. Churches also hosted special gatherings with Israeli Diplomats from coast to coast.
Pastor Jack Hayford of the Foursquare Denomination welcomed Consul General Ambassador Ehud Danoch at the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., explaining what the Bible says about praying for Jerusalem, and how Christians around the world are supportive of Israel. The Consul General gave greetings and thanks by saying its only by their prayers that peace can truly come about. This report was based on an account by Sandy Miller, Assistant to Executive Pastor Doug Andersen.
Consul General Ambassador Uriel Palti addressed those gathered at the Morning Star Fellowship in Bechtelsville, Penn., stating that their prayers and support for Israel are making a difference.
Having just returned from a visit to Israel, he stated that there is a different spirit in the land, reported by Nancy Miller, a member of the Pennsylvania church. The Consul said that he could sense the wonderful spirit, a spirit of love and a spirit of holiness.
In addition, an interactive global teleconference convened citizens around the world in virtual prayer rooms in praying for the peace of Jerusalem. 576 callers worldwide called from 42 states and 12 nations to pray throughout the day in German, Spanish, Hebrew, Thai, and even Swahili.
Next year, the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem will take place on Oct. 1, 2006.