Organizers of a Christian prayer ministry are expecting over a million people will fill the National Mall in Washington, D.C, on Aug. 16 for a 12-hour assembly of fasting and prayer for the country.
-- From "1 million plan to bring prayer to Washington" © 2008 WorldNetDaily 8/2/08
The group is called TheCall, and according to their website, volunteers are working hard to gather people from every state in the country to fill the massive park between the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol on one day to fervently ask God for his undeserved mercy on the nation.
Originally inspired by the 1997 Promise Keepers "Stand in the Gap" assembly at the same location, TheCall held its first D.C. prayer rally on Sept. 2, 2000, counting over 400,000 attendees. Since then, the group has held rallies in several cities in the U.S., including a rally of 70,000 in Nashville and 85,000 in New York City, according to the group's website. The group has also held prayer gatherings oversees, but told television broadcaster GOD TV this year's TheCall DC will surpass all previous gatherings in size.
According to the group's website, their "divinely initiated, multi-racial, multi-generational, and cross-denominational" gatherings are not festivals or conferences, but solemn assemblies of worship and prayer. The site makes it clear in several places that though the event will be attended and led by well-known Christian leaders and artists, the group refuses to publicize any personalities.
For the two days prior to the prayer gathering, however, the group does host a pastors and leaders conference that will feature speakers Ron Luce, Tony Perkins, Mike Huckabee, TheCall founder Lou Engle, and Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney.
The focus of TheCall's prayer gatherings is repentance and change, praying corporately for spiritual renewal, both in the church and in the society at large.
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