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Thousands Expected to Attend Prayer Event
TheCRY in St. John’s, Newfoundland, February 21st, may prove to be the largest prayer meeting yet in Canadian history.

On February 21st, Canadians from all across Canada will gather in Newfoundland for TheCRY St. John’s. St. John’s is the place where the very first explorers set foot centuries ago claiming Canada for God and for their king who had sent them on a missionary journey to the ‘new found land.’ Hundreds of years later, the cry of these explorers will be echoed by Christians from every denomination and generation as they raise their voices and claim this nation once again "for GOD and for King," declaring as our Founding Fathers did that, “[Jesus Christ] will have dominion from sea to sea...” (Psalm 72:8).

TheCRY is a grass roots interdenominational and intergenerational movement of those who are passionate for Jesus and believe in the power of prayer and fasting to impact Canada for righteousness sake. Over the past ten months, since March of 2008, there have been four CRY events (Edmonton, Ottawa/Gatineau, Iqaluit and Toronto). The estimated accumulative attendance of these four CRY is an impressive 10,000 (on site). Along with this, media outlets like 930 AM, The Light, Edmonton, Alberta, have streamed TheCRY live, adding several thousand participants virtually. TheCRY St. John’s will be the last of five CRY events in five Cities in a one-year period. Participants have said they believe Canada is in a very significant time of history when our prayers and actions will affect the nation for generations to come. Prayer is good any time, but especially so with the political and economic shakings both in Canada and globally in recent months.

TheCRY is unlike anything most Christians have experienced. It is a full day of dynamic prayer, worship and fasting with hundreds, or thousands, of other believers. Though there are always well known worship bands and ministers that are leading throughout the day, names and bands are not promoted. The leadership of TheCRY explains this saying, “Our desire is that people would not come because we have marketed big names or Christian celebrities (though we are not necessarily opposed to that in other settings). We want people to come to meet with one big name, Jesus Christ, and to CRY out for this awesome nation that He loves and is asking for…” (see Psalm 2).

Throughout the day participants pray for a variety of issues: harvest and revival, family and sexual morality, life, righteousness in government, the economy, unity in the Church and more. Answers to prayer have been documented and stunning. Participants testify that often results of prayer at TheCRY are reflected in news headlines in subsequent weeks and months. A Globe and Mail poll of voter intentions shifted on the day of TheCRY this past summer in Ottawa. Believers had gathered in front of the Peace Tower to ask God to move in the nation and government. The leaders of the CRY are full of faith and expectation concerning TheCRY in St. John’s. “We have seen too much not to be! Prayer works and God is real. When the church shows up in unity and faith, so does He. We believe He is just as exited for February 21st as we are....”

A new, and significant, element is being added to TheCRY in St. John’s: television coverage. GOD TV, that has a potential audience of 500,000,000 (half a billion) will be broadcasting TheCRY live throughout many nations. It may cause the February 21st, 2009, CRY event to be the largest prayer strike this nation has ever experienced. 

St. John’s, Newfoundland is strategic for hosting a national prayer event because of its history as the place where explorers first landed and its being the last province to join the Confederation. St. John’s pastor Dean Brenton said, “Newfoundland is the alpha and omega of Canada, the beginning and the end.” 

The Alpha and Omega of Creation, Jesus Christ, will meet His people there as they gather in faith believing that God has placed the pen of history into the hands of a praying Church.

In the words of Amy Good, a CRY team member, “Some things only come once in a lifetime. This is one of them. Be there.” Find out more at www.thecry.ca.

Originally published on the website, TheCRY, January 2009.

 

 
 
 
 

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