IHOP to Raise Up Intercessors for Global Missions
International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) has joined with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in a new commitment to cover global missions in prayer. It is an intercession and missions partnership that could help see the gospel preached in every nation. The partnership was birthed on Sept. 11, 2016, at the end of a week-long gathering of thousands of YWAM and IHOPKC staff that focused on several Great Commission thrusts, including ending Bible poverty (by providing Scripture in every language) and a commitment to seeing every sphere of society impacted with the gospel. Mike Bickle, founder of International House of Prayer, took the challenge from Loren Cunningham, co-founder of YWAM, to help raise up one million intercessors to cover their global missions in prayer. “We love what the Lord has done through Loren and Darlene Cunningham and the whole YWAM family for over 50 years, and we are committing to cover them in intercession for the great cause of advancing the Kingdom in the nations and to call other prayer ministries throughout the world to join us,” says Bickle. Darlene Cunningham expressed gratefulness: “The practice of intercession—hearing from God and praying His prayers—[was] part of the core DNA of YWAM from the beginning. We need it, and I am so thankful that IHOPKC is joining us.” Other senior YWAM leaders such as John Dawson, David Hamilton, and Mark Anderson, joined IHOPKC’s Allen Hood and Daniel Lim on stage in a demonstration of unity. Dawson, YWAM president emeritus, spoke about prayer movements that have birthed revivals, and the way revivals have birthed mission movements. “The 17-year commitment to 24/7 prayer maintained faithfully by IHOPKC is no small thing in our eyes,” Dawson says. “Out at the ends of the earth, our missionaries can feel the power of this loving shield; in the hard places, in the dangerous places, we know we are not alone because intercessors are travailing, even through the night watches.” Since its 1999 launch, IHOPKC has partnered with other organizations to see the gospel preached in all the nations. The ministry has established 24/7 prayer and worship as the center of its missions base in Kansas City, MO. JENNIFER LECLAIRE, taken from International Prayer Connections.