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The annual Global Day of Prayer event, held June 11, and broadcast worldwide via satellite, will originate from a U. S. city for the first time in its 11-year history.

According to a news release, the event unites Christians for worship through praise and prayer while mobilizing the church to become involved in social issues, such as redeveloping urban areas, feeding the poor, clothing the unclothed and supporting the oppressed.

Organizers say that last year more than 400 million people joined together for the Global Day of Prayer celebration, broadcast from Cape Town, South Africa. This year it is expected that one-half billion will participate, making it the largest prayer gathering in the history of the world.

“It is historic to have the center of this international prayer movement in the U.S. for the first time,” said Walter Bennett, Global Day of Prayer Conference Organizer, speaking in a news release.

He added, “In addition to the live satellite program, which will unite Christians worldwide, we’ve added two pre-conferences to this year’s activities, allowing the opportunity for individuals to join together in in-depth discussions regarding leadership, worship and prayer.”

The Foundations for Transformation Conference will take place June 9, focusing instruction on marketplace ministry, entertainment and leadership, followed by the Worship 1st Conference June 10. That will provide teaching and training in all aspects of worship, including vocals, song writing, dancing, and audio and visual production.

Each conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, will include evening concerts featuring acclaimed Christian singer and songwriter Don Moen, and recording artist Phil Wickham.

The news release reported that the Global Day of Prayer commemoration will conclude on Saturday, June 11 with a worldwide telecast beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT. South African businessman Graham Power, who founded Global Day of Prayer in 2000, will share milestones of the movement’s history, and conduct live phone interviews with a number of the individuals participating in their own country halfway around the world. The entire broadcast will be streamed live on God TV.

“It is amazing to see how God took this small vision he gave me and has grown it into such a powerful ministry,” said Power in the news release. “We look forward to what He will do this year and would love to have you be part.”

The Global Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement which started in Cape Town, South Africa in 2000. Event organizers hope for Christians to unite in repentance and prayer, and encourage them to work together as God’s servants for the blessing and healing of the nations.

For additional information, visit www.fcgdop.org

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