On behalf of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, we want to take a moment to share with you some of the exciting ways God has been expanding our ministry and increasing America’s awareness of the significance and power of prayer. Seeds have been planted and lives changed. Indeed, the Lord is moving in this great nation, and we are privileged to be a part of His ongoing work.
Each year brings new opportunities to champion the cause of prayer and much of the credit goes to a dynamic network of volunteers. Their dedicated efforts within their communities, coupled with a greater focus on the impact of social media, brought the NDP message to more than 700,000 people per week! Approximately 43,000 gatherings resulted. From churches, parks, and civic centers to the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., millions of men and women raised their hearts and voices before the Lord in a public expression of their religious freedom…and this was just the beginning of one incredible year!
Annual Prayer Events
On Thursday, May 7, 2015, over 43,000 prayer gatherings took place from coast to coast. It was the largest National Day of Prayer in U.S. history and it continues to gain momentum. In fact, 4,000 Korean churches joined with the NDP Task Force to pray for America - adding to our growing international efforts with gatherings in Australia, India and the United Kingdom.
The National Observance in Washington D.C. was a powerful time of prayer and featured keynote addresses from Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Jack Graham (2015 Honorary Chairman), Dr. James Dobson and Alex Kendrick (film producer of War Room). This special event lasted 3.5 hours in duration and was broadcast from our nation’s capitol into 90 countries with more than 450,000 people tuning in live via web-stream and cable television.
Pray for America Bus Tour III
On September 9, 2015, the National Day of Prayer Task Force and its many ministry partners began a 56-day trek around the country, traveling 5,915 miles through 26 states to mobilize prayer on more than 50 college campuses. The tour concluded on November 4, 2015, in Washington D.C. at the Department of Education. Already the stories coming in are powerful and we look forward to sharing the impact of what God is doing across the nation. After only a few days on the road, our team collected 15 pages of testimonies and over 120 recorded videos. Many of the top schools in the country hosted the National Day of Prayer staff for times of prayer and intercession – including Harvard, Yale, MIT, West Point and many others. Conservative estimates indicate that our team was able to engage 8,000 students and 900 administrators, faculty and campus ministry leaders, which equates to 159 people for every single day of the tour.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force, with your help, was able to print and distribute over 2 million prayer resources over the past 10 months and counting. In addition, our staff has trained and equipped 807 new prayer coordinators (volunteers) to mobilize communities to intercession for our nation. The ministry now reaches more than 700,000 people each week through its communication channels.
Because of your generous support, the National Day of Prayer Task Force has undertaken an extensive effort to move all data systems into a more secure and robust system – taking 29 databases from various systems and migrating into one comprehensive content management environment. This includes a new partnership to handle all resource fulfillment and a revitalization of the National Day of Prayer website. These efforts will enable the NDP Task Force to mobilize the network in new and exciting ways.
Leadership Summit 2015
The National Day of Prayer Task Force hosted 260 leaders, October 15-18, from all 50 states to challenge them through powerful ideas, stirring discussions and biblical models. Our speakers engaged them with life-changing principles that will serve as a roadmap for effectual prayer as we educate and equip them for the challenges that lie ahead. With the 2016 elections forthcoming, it is absolutely critical that we mobilize God’s people to prayer and action to create a catalyst for a course correction in our nation before it is too late.
There has never been a more crucial time for people of faith to come together before God on behalf of our nation. May we ask you to consider making a financial contribution to undergird our efforts? These past few months have been lean, so we humbly seek your prayers and support to continue the momentum. As a partner, you understand the costs involved in an endeavor of this magnitude. Though it involves a sacrifice of time, talents, and resources, the investment bears eternal fruit.
God is doing great things here at the National Day of Prayer headquarters, and we hope you’ll catch the excitement about the plans He has in store for the coming year as you read this impact report. For more information on how you can support our efforts, please visit our website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org/donate. We have set aside this portion of our site to detail ways in which you can get involved as a prayer warrior, financial contributor, or volunteer. It would be a privilege to have you partner with us once again.
Mrs. James C. Dobson (Shirley) John Bornschein
Chairman, NDP Task Force Vice Chairman, NDP Task Force