Pacific Union Conference Prayer Ministries held a “10 Days of Prayer” event via Zoom with its seven conferences from January 5 to 14, concluding with a Day of Celebration on January 15.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for people to be a part of something bigger than praying alone at home or in small groups,” said Karen Martell, event organizer and prayer leader for Pacific Union and SECC. “Our goal was to deliver messages of hope and healing. Given the events around the world, many people are desperately looking for love and connection to anyone, especially those who can pray and praise God with them.”
The event drew over 6,000 virtual attendees throughout the 10 days, including entire church congregations tuning in across SECC, as well as participants from North America, Canada, and the Philippines.
Dylan Santoyo, a teenager who attends Los Alamitos church, shared what prayer has meant to him and his family. During his testimony, Dylan explained how God had answered many prayers for his father, who has been dealing with chronic leukemia. For Dylan, the key was seeing how God was present even in the midst of a crisis and how the prayers of his church family impacted him.
“I was just thrilled to hear how Dylan felt that God was personally taking care of him and his family,” said Martell. “Everyone was deeply moved by what he shared with us.”
Following the nightly meetings, attendees joined small group discussions through Zoom breakout rooms to share prayer requests and pray for themselves and others.
“Those smaller breakout rooms were a very holy place,” shared Anita Roberts, event organizer and member of the SECC and Pacific Union prayer team. “It was a deeply moving experience. I witnessed people from all walks of life—that I’ve never seen and likely will never see again—interceding on behalf of one another and praying for those who shared their burdens openly.”
On Saturday, January 15, the 10-day event concluded with a Day of Celebration. Jonathan Park, SECC president, spoke and reflected on the event. As the celebration drew to a close, organizers sensed that attendees were eager for more, and they invited everyone on the Zoom call to participate in praise to God for all He had done.
Given the overwhelmingly positive feedback and high attendance throughout the event, the SECC and Pacific Union prayer teams are looking to organize another event in the coming months.
“It was Spirit-led and Spirit-filled. God used this time to listen to the prayers of His people and bring them together,” said Martell. “We are grateful to every single person and church who attended.”
For archived videos of the event, visit the SECC Facebook page.
By Danni Thaw