Seventh-day Adventist church leaders and members throughout the Inter-American Division connected to celebrate the first 50 days of prayer during a special Zoom video conference on May 13, 2020. The event drew 1,000 participants who connected to reaffirm and promote the 100 Days of Prayer initiative launched by the Adventist World Church back in March. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

May 14, 2020 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division

Seventh-day Adventist church leaders from across the Inter-American Division paused to celebrate 50 days of daily prayer during a two-and-a-half video conference program held last night. The meeting drew in 1,000 leaders and church members from the 24 union territories to pray, worship and share testimony on answered prayers at the mid-way point of the 100 Days of Prayer initiative launched by the Adventist World Church late in March.

“We have seen the marvelous goodness of our God through this prayer initiative,” said Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Sabbath school director and main organizer of the initiative in the IAD. The online meeting was meant to give praise to God for the first 50 days of prayer, affirm prayer initiatives and identify additional reasons for prayer for the next 50 days, he said.

Church leaders took turns reading verses from scripture, and took part in a series of intercessory prayers for those who have lost their job through the pandemic. They also prayed for government leaders, God’s protection for the church and membership, for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and guidance for additional mission opportunities in cities and communities everywhere.

Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Sabbath school director for the church in Inter-America and main organizer of the 100 Days of Prayer initiative in the territory shares the upcoming focus of prayer for the next 50 days. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

IAD President Pastor Elie Henry thanked all leaders and church members for their steady commitment to promoting the prayer initiative throughout the division territory. “It’s good to see that we are steadfast in prayer during these challenging times,” said Pastor Henry. He encouraged leaders to keep engaging members in praying to God in their homes and wherever they are.

Among the answered prayer testimonies shared included Dr. Tony Frankson of The Bahamas in the Atlantic Caribbean Union territory. Dr. Frankson shared how God sustained him through the time he spent in the hospital in intensive care with COVID-19. “God preserved my life,” said Dr. Frankson. “At no point was I afraid to die. I was consumed with using any opportunity to pass on the love of God. It is just amazing how God has been bringing me through recovery now five weeks after I was discharged from the hospital.”

Other testimonies of answered prayer were shared, including how God provided special funds in less than 24 hours to help feed an orphanage in Haiti funded by a project from ADRA Puerto Rico, a home provided for a pastor and his family in Venezuela, a student in the Dominican Republic who was able to take his exams on another day other than the Sabbath, and more.

Pastor Luis Aguillón of the El Salvador Union reads a portion of the Bible during the Zoom video conference, May. 13, 2020. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

Leaders also shared the success of the initiative throughout their local churches.

In North Mexico, all 11 conferences and missions, as well as institutions, have joined the prayer initiative, reported Pastor David Maldonado, coordinator of the initiative in the church there. “We start taking turns from 1 a.m. until 12:59 a.m. and this has brought great blessings in the midst of the pandemic crisis,” said Maldonado. “We have had multiple virtual prayer meetings and have received more than 1,000 specific prayer requests. These requests are literally prayed for every time they are sent in.”

In the Caribbean Union, prayer chains have taken place throughout the islands therein, 24/7 specific prayer to restore the family starting at 6 a.m. every day, reported Verna Francis of the East Caribbean Conference. “We know that wherever there is crisis, Christ is there, so we know that every hour is a time for prayer, so we have kept praying for specific requests, during special Zoom programs, and through prayer chats,” Francis said.

In Jamaica, pastor Dudley Hosien shared that the church has seen God working wonders through the prayer initiative across the nation. “Jamaica has been saturated with prayer. We pray for the nation, for pastors, for church members, for our finances, our hospital, universities, schools, frontline workers and we see God working,” said Hosien. So far, 23 new prayer initiatives have sprouted and 94 prayer lines have been opened during the first 50 days of prayer of the global church initiative.

Dr. Tony Franckson of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, shares his testimony through the COVID-19 illness that kept him in intensive care in the hospital two months ago in The Bahamas. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

Leaders were also encouraged to continue the global prayer initiative focus in prayer for the next 50 days with additional reasons for prayer in Inter-America, as follows:

  • Pray for Inter-America’s ‘I Will Go’ strategic plan focus on evangelism, education and community service.
  • Pray for health and economic concerns for members
  • Pray for financial challenges facing the IAD territory including its unions, conferences and missions.
  • Pray for pastoral families.
  • Pray for the Future of education in the IAD.
  • Pray for an explosion of intercessory prayer across the IAD.

“We would like churches to not only pray but to incorporate in their prayer ministries bible studies and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,” said Pastor Telemaque. “Bible study, prayer and ministry must be combined to bring transformation in the lives of those who pray and those praying for.”

Pastor Efrain Velazquez, president of the Inter-American Theological Seminary prays during the prayer initiative online event. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

In addition, a day of prayer and fasting in the IAD is planed for June 27, 2020. The plan is that during 24-hour period from sunset on Friday, June 26 to sunset on Saturday, June 27, each of the 24 IAD unions will take one specific hour to pray across homes.

Plans are underway for a celebration at the end of the 100 Days of Prayer initiative, on Saturday, July 4, 2020, with a special online program in Inter-America, organizers said.

To learn more about the 100 Days of Prayer in Inter-America, and to see daily video resources:

Click HERE for English

Click HERE for Spanish

Click HERE for French

For upcoming online events and activities throughout the Inter-American Division, visit us at interamerica.org

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