Monday, Sept 5 begins a six-day gathering of YWAM leaders from around the world in Kansas City, MO. The significance of the location of this gathering might not seem that unusual to us in the United States. We are quite familiar with what God is doing in Kansas City through the ministry of the Intl. House of Prayer (IHOP). But to YWAM leaders around the world, Kansas City, MO, is not a well-known location. Founder of YWAM, Loren Cunningham, says that God specifically said this meeting must take place in Kansas City, MO because it is a strategic city bathed in prayer with an open heaven and strong protection. God instructed Loren to invite IHOP-KC staff and students to attend this gathering because it’s time for a greater aligning of movements between prayer and missions. This is not just another meeting between ministries, but this is the heart of God for this time in history. The people of God must see the big picture of what God is doing in this hour. As we begin this new season, God has said that the convergence of prayer and evangelism is going to explode around the world and create a shift similar to the way God shifted Billy Graham’s ministry which effected the entire Body of Christ.
Mark Anderson, President of Call2all and a partner with YWAM since its early days, has tirelessly traveled around the globe seeking to unite leaders in the pursuit to bring the Gospel to every nation, tribe and tongue. There are 3000 people groups in the earth and 7000 languages. The mission of Call2all has been to identify those groups and languages that have no witness of the Gospel and to develop a strategy to reach them. There are 50,000 leaders from 15 of the largest mission organizations that are focused on reaching all of these groups and languages by the year 2020. They have committed to 7 million new church plants and 1.5 million new houses of prayer in these nations. The Prayer, Church Planting, and Missions movements are uniting into one movement to see this accomplished.
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matt 24:14
In 2004, Mark and his wife both received this word from the Lord, “My House will be a House of Prayer for all nations or it will not be My house.” (Isaiah 56:7, Matt 21:13)
As we draw near to the day of Jesus’ return, the Father is saying, “It’s time to get serious about building My House.” His House is not a building, we are His House. The people of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, are His temple. We are not to sit in a building inviting the nations to come to us, but we are commissioned to go out into every sphere of society in every nation and invite the people into the Presence of God. This is the hour that has now come upon us. The Father is launching His people into the 7 Mountains of society to reach every people, tribe and tongue. All the leaders of all the movements are being called to come together as one to accomplish this desire of the Father’s heart. Our greatest act of worship is to honor this desire of the One we love. Jesus paid the price for the salvation of all. Prayer, constant, intimate communication, with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the foundation of this work. He will direct and provide all that necessary to see it accomplished. We will succeed when we follow Heaven’s blueprint.
The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? Matt 16:1-3
Let us not miss the signs of the times. The harvest of souls is of utmost importance in the Father’s heart. He is shaking and awakening hearts, He is pouring out His Spirit, and He is calling up His army in the earth to go forth and make disciples of all the nations! We each have a part to play. Your prayers are so significant.
Please pray this week for this gathering in Kansas City, September 5-10. Go to http://ywamkc2016.org/ for more information and the schedule of events. Pray for perfect unity and the Love of Jesus to compel His Body to arise to her destiny. Prepare your heart to receive fresh revelation of your call, along with the faith and strength to complete it.