Over 30,000 people from 100 countries gathered in Kansas City for the One Thing Conference hosted by the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in late December. The conference was also the launch of the first annual summit of the major leaders in the missions, prayer and Bible translation movements and a partnership with the Seed Company of Wycliff Bible Translators. “We want to see the Gospel preached and 24/7 worship and prayer in every tribe and tongue,” Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer said in the opening session.
Bickle added, “We’re believing for 10,000 prayer chains or prayer ministries across the earth. We’re hosting the first meeting bringing together the movements in church planting, missions, prayer and Bible translation. There’s one movement in God’s heart and some people think a call to prayer and fasting is a call to isolation and disengage. The missions movement needs the prayer movement and the local church needs to be filled with the glory of God.”
Over 500 leaders from around the world met for the first OneThing Leadership Summit. “We sent letters to 200 leaders inviting them to this summit six weeks ago,” says Daniel Lim, CEO of the International House of Prayer. “Over 80 percent of the leaders we invited said ‘yes.’ This is such a unique meeting because we have a common urgency that we need to pray.”
Mark Anderson, president of Youth With a Mission called the summit historic. “We are in a time right now where we are launching a new expression of missions and prayer.” Johannes Hartl, a House of Prayer leader in Europe and theologian, is hosting a conference in Europe on Friday that will attract up to 4,000 people. Hartl founded 50 Houses of Prayer in Europe. “Today’s meeting was mind-blowing and overwhelming,” he said. “I saw great unity and humility with all of the leaders. I’m also surprised at how far the prayer movement has come.” The IHOP conference in Europe will be broadcast on BibleTV.
IHOP leaders unveiled the results of a survey at the summit that revealed houses of prayer are in 18 nations on 6 continents. The main proponents of prayer are millenials with over 60 percent of the participants under the age of 35. Over 30 percent of the houses of prayers have 40 hours a week of corporate prayer.
Leaders at the summit also pledged to pray for over 300 languages that still need to be translated by Wycliff’s Seed Company. “Something historic that has never happened before is happening before our very eyes with the prayer movement joining hands with the Bible translation movement,” says Roy Peterson, CEO of The Seed Company.
“There are over 6,000 Wycliff Bible translators who go to places no one wants to, they are hated by locals and unsung heroes of the Body of Christ,” says Bickle. “They work 8 to 10 hours a day writing and translating the Bible.” Brian Kim, director of the Luke 18 project at IHOP added that 4 billion people had no Bible. “This is the ultimate injustice.”
Bickle sees the IHOP movement as a catalyst for missions, evangelism and Bible translation. “We’re just hosting the dialogue and providing the platform for new relationships, new ideas and new plans every year in Kansas City,” he said. “The prayer movement is the banner for all of these over movements.”
The IHOP movement has dramatically expanded in a city famous for its Prayer Mountain – Seoul, Korea. “We’ve been in Seoul for four years,” says Hojong Boaz Pank, leader of the House of Prayer in Korea. “We over 100 churches involved with 112 full-time and part-time staff. I came here in 2011 with my whole family – including my mother-in-law – from Seoul to receive training. Today’s meeting (with summit leaders) was very strategic and I’m expecting some great things to come.”
Source: CHARISMA NEWS.
Leilani Haywood is the editor of Spirit Led Woman and frequent contributor to Charisma. Leilani is a Kansas City, Mo.-based award-winning writer and columnist. She has been published in the Kansas City Star, Metro Voice and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @leilanihaywood.