Highlights From Day 2 Of The Orlando Congress
Wednesday 30 January, 2008
Congress prays and discusses innovative ways to completely reach the world
The second day of Call2All commenced with a cutting-edge presentation of the latest technological tool for missions which maps the world into 4000 omega zones (4k). David Hamilton, International Associate Provost for the University of the Nations and architect of project 4k presented a new framework for seeing the world and responding to its needs.
“If we do not know the names, we cannot place them on the map, and we cannot pray, therefore we cannot go” said Hamilton
After the presentation, the delegates walked to room where a massive 70 x 50 feet map was uncovered on the floor. The instruction was for everyone to take off their shoes and possess the regions of the world through prayer-walking. From the North to the South, East to the West of the world, about 500 key leaders prophetically prayed, worshipped and declared the salvation of God, covering the entire face of the earth.
Building Church Planting Movements
In a late morning session, Bobby Welch (former president of the Southern Baptist Convention), spoke on “Building Church Planting Movements” cautioning the congress saying that “if we fail now, it will lead to the greatest collective sin of any generation."
Avery Willis (Orality Network) and Bill Fudge (former member of the International mission board) shared about exciting stories of explosive church growth movements in some oral cultures like India where laymen are rapidly reproducing churches.
Round Tables, Discussion and Strategy
After lunch, the congress met around 50 round tables where the topic of “reaching an unengaged people group” was raised. IAmongst the many discussions, “table 45” agreed that fear and lack of knowledge of who the unreached people are has been the major hindrance for reaching the unreached. Practical suggestions were made for how to better network the body of Christ toward targeting the unreached.
During the evening meeting, David Ash (Creator of YAAWAY online community site) shared about Web 2.0, which he describes as one level higher than basic emailing, where collaboration and sharing occurs between users. He stated that online social networks exemplify the concept. “A blog is born every second and 100 billion times a day a webpage is clicked by someone” said Ash.
Global Prayer Movement
The program shifted slightly to highlight the global prayer movements that are sweeping the planet. Mike Bickle (Director of International House of Prayer), Graham Power (founder, Global Day of Prayer) and Lou Engle (co-founder of The Call) testified how from Cape Town to Kansas City, powerful prayers are increasing every day in staggering numbers. The youth in the US are at the frontline of The Call movement of prayer, touching and transforming hundreds of thousands of lives and shaping the course of the nation.
“We have enough personality driven religion, we need God back in America” said Lou Engle.
Engle declared that the Church is in a “Joel 2” moment in history right now, and it is progressively moving towards a global awakening. He closed the session with a prayer for God to bring again the visitation of Acts 2.