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From Capetown to Cairo, Praise, Worship and Prayer
23 May 2005

CBN.com - The groundswell that led to the Global Day of Prayer came out of Africa. This year, organizers said about 40 million people prayed at 4,000 sites on the African continent!

It all started in Cape Town, South Africa in the mid-1990s, and it's grown every year. This year was the biggest ever.

A woman on the platform said with excitement, “Africa welcomes you!" and so began the GDOP prayer meeting in Cape Town. Cape Town, South Africa, is where this global prayer movement began.

For the fifth straight year, thousands gathered at the rugby stadium to celebrate their unity and to pray for the nations.

Graham Powers is the Founder of GDOP. He prayed, “From Fiji, where the sun rose this morning, until this afternoon where the Hawaiian Islands are, where over 200 million Christians are joining in this first-ever Global Day of Prayer, we thank you, Lord." The thousands who had gathered applauded in joy and praise of God.

At the other end of the African continent, Egyptian Christians gathered in Cairo's "Cave Church" to pray for a godly transformation in Egypt.

From Cairo to Cape Town, in nearly 4,000 venues, some 40 million Africans took part in this year's historic global prayer meeting.

Whether in Cape Town or Cairo, participants focused prayer on their countries' greatest needs. This included prayer for the children.

A young lady speaker, calling for prayer for children, said, "And it is expected that by 2006 20 percent of the children in some areas of Africa will be orphaned by AIDS."

All 56 African nations joined in the Day of Prayer, but in some places, it was a last-minute event.

Steve Martin, reporting from Monrovia, Liberia: Here in the West African nation of Liberia, the Liberian Council of Churches only found out a few days ago about the Global Day of Prayer. But the local church here had already planned a week-long prayer event.

Liberia is a country that is just emerging from over 14 years of devastating civil war, and the UN is now the main peacekeeping force.

But today, the local church here is united with the Christians all over the world, praying for peace upon the continent of Africa. But, specifically, the Christians here are praying for peace and unity upon the country, the church and the people of Liberia.

By Gary Lane - CWNews

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