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A Global Mapping International Newsletter Summer 1999


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Light the Window map

Let's Focus on Strategic Towns

Mike O'Rear,
President, Global Mapping International

The focus of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement's Praying Through the Window IV campaign is "Strategic Towns." Previous global prayer efforts focused on the 10/40 Window, whether countries, cities or peoples. This year's target is places.

Why places? Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, a Strategic Town of his day: "The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia-your faith in God has become known everywhere" (1 Thess. 1:8). Thessalonica was a busy sea port of its day, the capital of its province Macedonia, with a population numbering 200,000. In this passage, the Apostle notes how the early believers welcomed the gospel and became a model of faith to both those in and beyond their region.

In this decade of harvest the Holy Spirit has been leading the church to pray with greater power and focus. During October of '93 the target was the 62 nations of the 10/40 Window. In '95, prayer focused on the Gateway Cities. In '97, millions prayed for 1,739 significant unreached peoples, grouped in 130 People Clusters. Now in 1999, the focus is on some 3,900 Strategic Towns, those largest cities within a nation that, if reached for Christ like Thessalonica, could potentially influence up to a million people in their county, province or state. During October '99, both home-based intercessors and prayer journey teams will minister specifically to these Strategic Towns.

Whereas an unreached people often shares a common heritage, Strategic Towns often share a common "sense of place." Through Christ, this shared landscape and its shared mindscape can become a highway to heaven. So the prophetic call to Strategic Towns is the same cry of Isaiah for the Holy City, "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God" (Isa. 40:3).

AD2000 United Prayer Track leader, Dr. C. Peter Wagner writes: "This is by far the most exciting and potentially the most effective prayer initiative we have ever undertaken."

Global Mapping International is glad to assist in this global prayer effort by producing the "Light the Window" Prayer Map (see page 5 and the GMI Resource Catalog). We hope you will find this to be an inspiring tool you can practically use to pray for the world's towns to become lighthouses of the gospel. For much more information and resources, see our Praying Through the Window IV Resource Center on the Web at: www.gmi.org/pttw4


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