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Worldwide Prayer Emphasis Begins Today

Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden
Published 1/4/2012

Leaders at every level of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are urging members around the world to begin 2012 in prayer. General Conference leaders are promoting a 10-day prayer initiative called Operation Global Rain (OGR). Born out of a grassroots prayer movement that started in California and spread to 1,800 churches worldwide, OGR invites individuals, groups and churches to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit January 4-14. Register and download materials at

For their part, the North American Division published a prayer calendar that calls for members to lift up one or two conferences each week throughout 2012. “Pray for a spirit of unity to develop within and across the 58 conferences and nine unions that make up the North American Division,” says Dan Jackson, president. Members around the division will pray for the Columbia Union during February and March (see sidebar box).
Columbia Union Prayer Calendar

February 5-11 – Allegheny East
February 12-18 – Allegheny West
February 19-25 – Chesapeake and Mountain View
February 26-March 3 – New Jersey
March 4–10 – Ohio
March 11-17 – Pennsylvania
March 18-24 – Potomac Conference


Columbia Union Conference leaders are supporting both efforts. “The entire world church will pray together in one accord, and I want us to be a part of it,” says Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president. Read his prayer list on page 3 the January issue of the Visitor
Click here to see what Columbia Union Conference leaders will be praying about this year.