Boundless...the Whole World Praying, the Salvation Army’s one year of non stop prayer, concluded with the International Congress Boundless the Whole World Redeeming in London from 1 – 5 July. Boundless prayers, however, continued throughout the event.
Every morning delegates had the opportunity to gather for prayer during the International Prayer Meeting under the leadership of The General, the Chief of the Staff and Lieut-Colonels Hervé and Deborah Cachelin and Stephanie Chagas-Bijl from the Centre for Spiritual Life Development. The main prayer topics were for the Congress, children and youth, revival and for a renewed vision.
Each day, members of the Congress Prayer Team, made up of prayer warriors from different countries such as the UK, Caribbean, Australia, United States, Nigeria, Brazil and Germany, persistently prayer walked the O2 in between the sessions praying for the delegates, the speakers, the logistics – that people’s lives would be impacted and transformed through everything that was happening.
In each session intercessors were at the ready in the prayer suite allocated for them in the O2 Arena. Lieut-Colonel Kathy Hobgood, Assistant Coordinator of the Congress said: “I felt the spirit of God in a mighty way every time I stepped foot into the arena and I know that others experienced that same feeling”. A flickering 'flame' reminded delegates of the continued intercession.
One of the concluding moments of Boundless...the Whole World Praying was marked by a feature in SAVN.TV’s final session post show (from 6 minutes). The CSLD team and Secretaries for Spiritual Life Development from Germany, Lithuania and Poland Territory, USA Eastern Territory and the Caribbean Territory shared how the wave of prayer made an impact personally and locally.
During most of the main sessions a public response time was made, whether it was the opportunity to move to the white cross located at the front of the arena, or to ‘tweet’ a commitment. Throughout the whole Congress, for delegates who were present or Salvationists watching via the website, an online response mechanism was available in which over 100 people registered electronically their decisions to either become a Christian; to recommit their life to God; to deepen their commitment to God through prayer or take a more active role in their corps or community or offering to become a soldier/officer.
These responses have already received a letter of encouragement from the CSLD and their details have been forwarded to their territorial leadership for local follow-up. They are obviously in addition to the many commitments made in the arena during the various sessions.