Prayer Summit 2017 Looks to Lift People’s Spirits
As a way to respond to all of the political and social turmoil going on in North America and abroad, Charles Kim and others have organized the Christian Reformed Church’s Prayer Summit 2017 to be held March 27-29 in Los Angeles, Calif.
This is the fourth national prayer summit to be held in the United States. The first one took place in 2012, also in California. Meanwhile, nearly 20 regional prayer summits have occurred since then across the CRC.
“There are so many polarizing issues and such dissension with no easy answers, so we decided to seek an answer to our misery by inviting those who feel the need to come together and pray,” said Kim, Korean ministry leader for Christian Reformed Home Missions.
The summit is being held at Ttokamsa Mission Church, a downtown Los Angeles congregation that has an annual budget of $13 million, 90 percent of which goes to fund mission efforts overseas, said Kim.
“The story of this unique church is a story of mission that is lifted up by prayer,” he said.
Initially, with Home Missions and Christian Reformed World Missions in the process of unification, and with the Inspire 2017 denominational gathering set for this summer, the prayer summit organizers weren’t sure if they wanted to push ahead to hold the summit, said Kim.
“But with so much anger and cynicism in the world, we knew we needed to kneel together and ask for God’s mercy and grace,” he said.
“We’ll be praying for the unification of Home Missions and World Missions and for Inspire. We’ll also be praying for immigrants and for the persecuted church and for our neighbors who are suffering,” said Kim.
Already, they have lined up several speakers, including Makoto Fujimura from the Brehm Center at Fuller Seminary; Manny Ortiz, pastor of Spirit and Truth Fellowship in Philadelphia; Mwaya Kitavi, the East Africa director for World Missions; and Chan Young Choi, Korea’s first foreign missionary, who was sent in the early 1950s to Thailand.
There will be many other speakers as well. To learn more and to register, click here.