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London Mayor to attend West Ham Stadium Prayer Event

London Mayor Boris Johnson at GDOP London's Millwall Stadium event 2008

West Ham’s stadium Upton Park, which is normally used to the sound of football (soccer) fans cheering on their team, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson will join thousands of Christians from across the capital and the country for a national day of prayer on June 13.

Boris Johnson is a strong supporter of the Global Day of Prayer initiative, having attended their previous stadium event at Millwall in 2008.

The Mayor said: “I’m delighted to be joining thousands of Christians of all denominations and backgrounds, united in common purpose in the most important act of Christian worship – the act of prayer.

“So much of the good that is done in London is done by people of faith. I salute these acts of service, and commend all those who put their faith in action to effect positive change in our city and beyond.”

Despite still recovering from surgery after a stabbing attack, Stephen Timms MP will host a leader’s reception at the stadium prior to the event, also attended by London’s Mayor.

The MP for East Ham, in the constituency where the event will take place, said: “Global Day of Prayer is a fantastic event. It attracts a very large number of people coming together with tremendous exuberance and a very strong sense of prayer and worship as well.

“For me it’s the basis for future service to the community. What I want to see is more people coming to serve their communities from the starting point of prayer and worship. That’s the kind of celebration we will be taking part in at the Global Day of Prayer.”

Being a former Muslim from Nigeria, Global Day of Prayer London Convener Jonathan Oloyede is an unlikely candidate to launch this initiative. He believes his organisation’s prayer movement has helped make a positive difference in communities across the capital particularly in tackling gun and knife crime: “We believe it’s a result of the church rising up in united prayer, praying for our young people. It’s not all eradicated but that has changed dramatically.”

The event, which is expected to attract 25,000 people, will include performances from a wide range of Gospel artists and worship leaders including X Factor finalist Beverley Trotman, Graham Kendrick, Noel Robinson and the All Souls Orchestra, followed by prayers for some of the most pressing social need in the capital and the nation.

For further information contact:
Peter Wooding
GDOP London Media Coordinator
+44 7500 903067/
woodingpeter@hotmail.com
Dr Jonathan Oloyede: +44 8456 528 600 / +44 7956 237 266
Kim Dopson, GDOP Administrator: +44 8456 528 600 / +44 2088 539 529

Note: The Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP) is a movement of collaboration across the Christian Church in the capital towards Unity, Prayer and Transformation, and is part of a global network which began in South Africa at the turn of the Millennium. In 2009 over 250 million Christians united in 220 countries to pray. In London, GDOP has been a focus of prayer and Christian action since 2006 with prayer networks now in every London borough. West Ham Stadium 07, and Millwall Football Stadium in 2008, saw a combined attendance of 30,000 Christians attending. Organizers hold a vision to host the 2011 event at Wembley Stadium. www.gdoplondon.com

Peter Wooding is an award-winning TV, radio and print journalist and media consultant having spent 10 years as news editor with UCB Radio in the UK. He has traveled extensively reporting from countries including Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Dubai, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel and India. He reports regularly for CBN News, KCBI radio, ASSIST News and Sorted Magazine. Peter and wife Sharon live in North Wales, UK with their three children.
Passionate to see God’s Justice and Mercy impact lives, Peter is director of a new UK ministry Mercy Project International (www.mercyproject.org.uk) to help at-risk young people in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Kosovo, the Middle East and beyond. Contact Peter for consultation at woodingpeter@hotmail.com or tel. +44 1244 549167/+44 7500 903067.

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