On June 27th at Aldersgate Camps near Salem 30 of the 40 Pray Oregon area connectors gathered for our first annual statewide conference. It was a great time of united worship, fellowship, vision casting, and challenging teaching on hearing God’s heart and healing the land. It was also a time of preparation for an historic day on June 28th with the Decision America Tour, united worship at David’s Tent Oregon, and a great gathering of pastors and prayer leaders (to be reported in our next newsletter). Several Connectors mentioned afterwards that they “got it now,” meaning they had a much better grasp of what we are doing together in Pray Oregon. We continue to have monthly conference calls for each of the 9 regions and look forward to our next gathering.
One of the reasons Pray Oregon Connectors gathered in Turner, OR, the day before Franklin Graham arrived, was to pray for hearts and minds to be prepared for the message Franklin Graham brought. We asked for God to rebuild our nation and restore hope to His people. David’s Tent Oregon was directly in the center of the Capitol Mall.
Pray Oregon leader Peter Carlson, shares, “Friday, June 24 through Monday, July 4 Complete Joy Ministries, Pray Oregon, Salem House of Prayer, and Mid Valley Women of Christ hosted 10 days of day and night worship and intercession. Teams from all over the state, and even WA. took their time at their own expense to travel to Salem, leading 2-hour sets, with people coming and going as they were available.
At the beginning of June the Lord showed us to have a Tent of Healing alongside the Tent of Meeting. The Tent of Healing was staffed 10am – 10pm each day with teams from healing rooms, churches, and individuals who the Lord has raised up to pray with a steady trickle of people coming and asking for prayer for all sorts of healing in body, soul, and spirit.
Following the rally on Tuesday we held a gathering for pastors and prayer leaders to fellowship and connect at Salem House of Prayer to foster ongoing prayer in our state with the connectors from our 9 regions of Pray Oregon serving as a point of communication. The prayer room was packed out with about 70 of us worshipping and then getting on our knees and faces before the Lord calling out for the move and work of Holy Spirit to continue increasing in Oregon and beyond.”
There are many testimonies of the Lord touching people’s lives and our prayer teams ministering to those who came to the Tent of Meeting and the Tent of Healing throughout this event. In the photo above you can see the white peak of David’s Tent rising above the thousands of people in attendance. “It was a powerful representation”, as Lynn Ferder says, “of the humble government of God influencing the government of man.”
The Oregon Tabernacle Tent is available through Complete Joy Ministries throughout the Old Oregon Territory (WA, OR, ID, western MT, and southern B.C.) as needs arise for worship & intercession. The next deployment is planned for Medford, OR, the first week in September. David’s Tent Oregon is expected to be an annual statewide gathering of the body of Christ dedicated to worship and prayer for the purpose of humbly seeking the Lord and turning our hearts to Him.
Lynn Ferder, Director of Roseburg House of Prayer and a Pray Oregon Team Leader shares, “Franklin Graham visited Salem Oregon on Tuesday, June 28th. Oregon was his 30th stop on the 50 state tour. The tour is to challenge believers across the nation to live out their faith at home and in public. And get out in November and vote! The Statesmen Journal, a newspaper in Salem, reported that more than 4,000 people attended this event at the state capital.
Franklin led the people in repentance prayer for the sins of the nation, for our own personal sins, for the sins of our fathers, and the Oregon government and political systems. His voice was clear and strong in its urgency to, pray, pray, pray! To commit to pray, and to get involved locally and vote. We need to be the godly influence in our communities and cities. Franklin challenged us to remember Daniel in Scripture. Daniel was willing to step up and commit to all his convictions while also serving in political roles. He was able to be the godly influence in his time. Franklin also gave an invitation to those who do not know Jesus to repent of their sins and invite him into their heart. He made it clear that there is only way to God, not many ways, only one way, and His name is Jesus.”
The message Franklin gave was sober, urgent and clear. “Our nation is at a tipping point.” He urged the people to vote and to pledge to get involved. On his website you can read the pledge that he read to us, and sign it to make your statement that you will get involved in your community. You can read this at his website, www.decisionamericatour.com. Or text to 21777, then type in the word, “America”.
It has been a month since the tragic,deadly shooting at the college in Roseburg which claimed the lives of 9 Christians who made a stand for their faith in Jesus. There were also 9 additional who were shot and lived. Of these, only 1 remains in the hospital in Springfield. Julie Woodworth, age 19, was shot 5 times.
The Roseburg community rallied immediately following the shooting providing counseling and pastoral care all over the county. Counselors and pastors worked side by side to aid the frightened and devastated families through the initial hours and days of the shooting. One week before the shooting, local law enforcement and mental health personnel had just finished a course in Crisis Intervention and Team Training. In the days after the initial shock, benefits and fundraisers for the victims were held by businesses, groups and individuals, while at the same time funerals were held for those who died. President Obama, was here for a few hours to offer support for the families of the victims. Signage is still up all over the city declaring love, support, and prayers for the community and UCC, the college. Conversations are still heard in town regarding the loss we suffered and our determination to stay knit as a community, and become stronger and closer as a result. Pastors and churches are still offering counseling and support.
On October 18, our ministers fellowship held a county-wide memorial service, complete with a choir made up of members from many area churches, at the fairgrounds for the victims. Billy Graham’s Rapid Response Team was in Roseburg for two weeks providing invaluable training and support for those reaching out to the hurting, as well as being on campus for the students upon their return to class. In the third week since the shooting, the First Responders were encouraged to attend area counseling spots for comfort, support and a healing. October 30 Pastor Wayne Cordeiro from Hawaii, will be at UCC with a team from Hawaii bringing a message of hope and healing. On November 5 and 6th, Norman Wright will be in town offering further healing and understanding of the grief, crisis, and trauma healing process.
As we move toward healing, please continue to pray that we would go through the process of grieving as a community. Pray for those who were closest to the incident and are having traumatic nightmares; including the First Responders and students on campus that day. Pray that when the shock wears away and the depth of loss settles in deeper, that we would remain tender, compassionate, generous, and loving to each other. Especially as the holidays come, pray that the families who had their loved ones taken from them would find strength and comfort in the Lord and the community. What the enemy intended for evil, may it be turned to goodness and salvation, glorifying the name of the Lord Jesus.
In May 2015 we changed the name of 24/7 Oregon to Pray Oregon. We still have the same vision that has developed and is being implemented in the 3 years since we began working together across the state. We still have 9 regions of the state that work together to cover our state in prayer. We are in a season of expansion and invite you to connect and pray together in Oregon!