- July 10, 2012
Southeast Region’s Event Ushers Presence of God to be Encountered
In April of this year, President/CEO Jane Hansen Hoyt announced Aglow International’s New Vision Statement establishing the current direction of the ministry. In her report, US Regional Director, Joy Green, shared God’s intentionality in uniting the city for HIS purposes and Aglow’s vision to work toward those ends. To learn more about Aglow’s Vision Statement, Tag Line, Mission Statement and Core Values, go to http://www.aglow.org/about/vision-and-mission.
Joy Green, Aglow US Regional Director for the Southeast Region, reported of God’s tangible glory during her region’s recent National Day of Prayer event in Tampa, Florida. About 3,000 people filled the George M. Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa, FL, for the National Day of Prayer which was held on May 3, 2012. The current and former mayors of Tampa, commissioners and senators, and many leaders from the area’s larger churches were involved in the gathering.
“We were to release the word, worship, and prayer over our city,” said Green of God’s vision for this event. Activities began 90 hours before the actual day of prayer by releasing the Word of God in worship and prayer over Tampa during a non-stop, Bible-Read-A-Thon on the steps of City Hall. Thirty churches were involved in the reading. Seven different prophetic worship teams led worship in a park across the street from City Hall. They also prayed over the seven mountains of influence, and gave meals to the homeless. An anonymous donor enabled extensive media coverage for the event including billboards, tickets, TV, radio ads, and two front page articles. A YouTube video was also made http://youtu.be/chehT9-Oeqk.
Green went on further to say, “There was a spirit of humility and honor, which were keys to the presence of the Lord. We felt that this was an opportunity for our city leaders to acknowledge their need for one another. Everyone left with the confidence of knowing that God is doing something in Tampa. We will continue to work together to cover our city for the Republican Convention – our mayor is asking for prayer. We are also meeting together to combat human trafficking in our city which can increase dramatically when large conventions come into town.”God’s confirmation for HIS VISION for this event came as Green learned her portion of the Bible reading would be from the book Ezra – the very book and scriptures He had given her for this year. “As I read about Ezra gathering the people, laying a foundation and standing on a platform to read the Word of God, I was weeping over my city and nation. May the Lord hear our cries as we weep between the porch and the altar and RISE UP to declare the word of the Lord over the church, our cities and the nation,” Green said.