Across the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, the world church program is driven by youth.
A total of 1,477 young people registered as initial members of ‘100 Days of Prayer’ when it launched in the church’s Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) region on March 26, 2020.
This was in direct response to Seventh-day Adventist youth director Gary Blanchard’s call for young people to support the initiative to pray 100 days in a row, from March 27 to July 4, 2020.
The number of people who registered for 100 Days of Prayer, mostly young people4-30 years old (70.2 percent), has steadily increased to 1,775 as of April 6, 2020. Statistics show that young adults (22-30 years old) top the prayer warrior list at 46 percent.
100 Days of Prayer is an initiative of the world church to let its members experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, revival in mission, and, for this season especially, protection and an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
“There has never been a time in the history of the world where the world needed Seventh-day Adventists more than it needs them now,” Blanchard said in his online appeal at the launching of the initiative. “Dear young people, the world needs you badly.”
SSD executive secretary Rudy Baloyo appealed to all the prayer warriors, telling them that during this time, church leaders and members hope to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Second, Baloyo said, the initiative is a way to experience personal revival in mission. And third, to experience the saving power of God from the coronavirus.
Baloyo also gave a biblical reason for the need to pray for 100 days. He reminded listeners that God speaks in 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Balayo thanked all the young people and others for joining the prayer initiative.