Across the Southern Asia-Pacific region, Adventist young people are gathering to pray.
To embrace the prayer revival brought about by the 100 Days of Prayer initiative, the Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD) Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM) Committee has voted for the organization of prayer networks.
Prayer networks are an aggregation of Seventh-day Adventist young people distributed across 14 countries within the SSD territory. Their goals are to pray for each other, embrace a prayerful life until Jesus comes, emulate Jesus Christ’s prayer lifestyle, and intercede for the church’s ministries and mission.
Leaders said all young people across the SSD territory are invited to join the network.
In its regular meeting on June 5, 2020, via Zoom, the SSD AYM Committee approved the creation of the AYM Prayer Ministry to oversee the creation and activities of the prayer networks throughout the division territory. The AYM Prayer Ministry envisions strengthening the prayer life of young people. It is tasked with inspiring the youth to develop a close relationship with Jesus, leaders said.
“Regions across the SSD where prayer networks have already been organized are taking the lead in impressing the prayer habit among the young people in their territories,” leaders said. “The aim is to have a youth prayer network in each local church.”
Southern Philippine Union Conference (SPUC) president Roger Caderma said he recently prayed for God’s blessing on the formation of youth prayer fellowships.
“The youth is not the church of tomorrow but the church of today,” he emphasized.
Bangladesh Union Mission youth director Milton Das added that young church members felt assured in knowing that there are prayer network teams who are praying.
“They are excited to pray because of the prayer network. They are requesting more and more prayer fellowships,” Das said.
Pakistan Section youth director Kamran S. Sadiq agreed.
“We see people gathering in homes for prayers and worship more regularly than ever,” he said. “There is a sudden change in the atmosphere. Prayer has brought changes in the attitude of many people. The youth are praying for those who are in need.”
Beulah Vidayo, a Prayer Network leader from the North Philippine Union Conference, explained that through the prayer network organization, young people in his region are enjoying more the privilege of praying.
“It is not just because it feels good to talk to God and surrender everything to Him, but also because it feels good to pray with a group or at least with a partner,” Vidayo said. “Through a prayer network, we have fellowship with God, and also with other youth. We are blessed and amazed by how God answers prayers.”
Vidayo said that he has personally experienced God’s miracles in his life and finds it a driving force in his experience going forward.
“I am moved to help other young people to experience claiming God’s promises through this Youth Prayer Network,” he said.
During the first fellowship of the SSD Prayer Network leaders, Jonathan Walter, Adventist Church Ministerial Association media and communications manager, said he appreciated the participation of SSD young people in intercessory prayer.
“It’s a huge blessing to be connected to the SSD prayer group that is starting among young people,” Walter said. “I am so thankful for you, for participating in this important work of intercessory prayer, united prayer, which I believe will bring true revival and reformation.”