Upward Challenge Global Edition

 Announcing Upward Challenge: Global Edition! 

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24, 2020

Deadline for Registration: Saturday June 20, 2020

 

Yes, it really is happening!

Obviously, 2020 will be different from previous years, but not entirely different.  These leaders have managed to find some brilliant ways to preserve the core experience of UC, even though we can’t gather in tents as we normally would.

Stephanie McClain is PRMI’s Coordinator for Youth and Young Adults.  Read her description of this year’s event for more information.

What You Can Do

Upward Challenge: Global Edition is the only one of PRMI and DFC’s events that has not been cancelled so far during the lockdown.  God is up to something with our youth this summer!  Here is how you can be part of it:

  • Pray! Truly, we need your prayer support…lots of it.   We have a LOT of work to do, since so much of this is brand new.  Please pray for God’s blessing and protection for the campers, for the leaders, and also for the technology.  We need your prayer support not only during the event, but also right now, as we prepare for it.
  • Spread the word! Youth Pastors and Youth Leaders, tell your youth groups. Young people, tell your friends.  It seems that many of us—especially our young people!—suddenly seem to have a bit of extra time on our hands this summer….
  • Register! If you’re planning to join us, then please register sooner, rather than later. We have an upper limit on how many participants we can take. The deadline for registration is Saturday, June 20.  That’s not a lot of time, but it’s enough time to click a link and fill in some information. 

Make sure to read Steph’s description of UC: Global Edition, because it’s packed with important information about this summer’s online camp.

PRMI Global Prayer Call 

The Lord has been moving globally throughout this year of 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt and created space in people’s lives. Many of the cultural idols of Western society were suddenly taken away.

In this new space, history shows that either good or evil could fill this space. Stepping into a gap to pray in the reality of the Kingdom of God is part of the work of intercessory prayer.

The Shalom Prayer Calls

The Shalom prayer calls were PRMI’s response and provided a place for people to pray and ask God to advance His reign and rule.

These weekday prayer times started in the time leading up to Easter 2020 focused primarily on the themes of repentance.

2 Chronicles 7:14 was a key verse.

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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Between Easter and Pentecost, the Lord guided us to shift the focus of our prayers a little.

While we continued to return to the theme of repentance and confession, we added prayers which focused on the word “reset.”

These prayers coincided with the Jewish tradition of counting the Omer. The counting of the Omer is a time of growing anticipation for harvest.

Our prayer focus has been that the Lord would reset the global Church and position her for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Every day from Monday through Friday at noon eastern, people from around the world joined in this daily prayer.

Preparing for Pentecost

As part of responding to the guidance from the Lord, we shifted the daily prayer themes to start praying for the Church’s preparation for Pentecost.

This call began on Ascension Day (May 21, 2020).

As the calendar begins to move past Pentecost, we believe that God is guiding us to the theme of restoration and kingdom expansion.

The role of intercession is vital to praying this into reality, as it has been throughout the year.

Global Prayer Call

Beginning Monday, June 1, 2020, you are invited to join a global PRMI prayer call for an hour each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The prayer time begins at 12:00 noon Eastern US, (adjust for your timezone).

This season has been an opportunity for intercessors to come out of their prayer closets and connect through PRMI’s virtual prayer gatherings.

We shall continue this general work of meeting together to pray as the Spirit continues to lead, and at the same time, seek to develop networks of prayer that can pray more specifically for the restoration of various elements within our society.

To connect to the PRMI Global Prayer Call use the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/464198533

Meeting ID: 464 198 533

We need the Holy Spirit in our own individual lives to empower us to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

But we also need the Holy Spirit to be at work in our churches, communities, denominations and nations.

Since PRMI focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit and as a ministry we prioritize prayer, we want to use the ten days between Ascension Day (Thursday May 21, 2020) and Pentecost (Sunday May 31, 2020) to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

So, we would like to invite you to join us in this exciting and important work of prayer.

Times:

You can gather with us in an online prayer room where we all can pray together.  Calls will last about 1 hour each.

This should provide at least one opportunity for anyone to join in praying at a time which is reasonably convenient for them.

We choose these particular times to accommodate the various regional expressions of the Dunamis Fellowship International.

Prayer
Time
Eastern
United States
Alaska United
Kingdom
Korea
Time 1 12:00 noon 8:00 am 5:00 pm 1:00 am next day
Time 2 4:00 pm 12:00 pm 9:00 pm 5:00 am next day
Time 3 9:00 pm 5:00 pm 2:00 am 10:00 am next day

During Time #3 (9:00 pm Eastern US) we shall join with and lead the prayer for the “10 Days” gathering, a 24/7 Global Upper Room of Prayer & Worship for Pentecost/Shavuot.

They are organizing a 24/7 zoom prayer meeting for the ten days from May 21-31 with various ministries and prayer leaders taking one-hour slots each day.

How to Participate:

Find a time of prayer that works for your schedule. You are not expected to be at all of them.

Calls are expected to be about 1 hour in length.

You have liberty to join in as many calls on as many days as you wish.

A designated leader will be in the virtual meeting room to focus the time of prayer.

Sign into the online meeting at the right time using the following link:

Prayer
Time
Eastern
United States
Alaska United
Kingdom
Korea
Time 1 12:00 noon 8:00 am 5:00 pm 1:00 am next day
Time 2 4:00 pm 12:00 pm 9:00 pm 5:00 am next day
Time 3 9:00 pm 5:00 pm 2:00 am 10:00 am next day

You are welcome to attend as few or as many of the prayer times as you are able. Below you can download a short guide with the Scripture and prayer prompts which will be used during the ten days.

If you are new to PRMI, you are welcome to join. You don’t have to have been at one of our events, a member of the Dunamis Fellowship, or even on our e-mailing list.

What Are We Praying About?

Each day we shall have a daily prayer focus and will spend time in listening prayer, then share discernment before moving into group prayer based upon the themes.

Please consider joining us as we exalt Jesus Christ and pray that our lives and our churches would be ignited in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Learn to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Our unique calling in helping fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission is equipping Christians to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, who is the director of church growth, missions and evangelism. Our programs aim to grow spiritual leadership for the movement of the Holy Spirit. We’ll teach you how to discover your spiritual gifts, grow in them, and experience them as you do whatever ministry you are called into.

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Fulfilling the Great Commission is an impossible task, apart from the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told his disciples, "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what my Father promised, which you heard about from me. For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:4-5 NET).

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth." (Acts 1:8 NET.)

Dunamis Fellowship Canada helps equip believers by providing biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit, and practical applications of the teaching. It also provides a community of Spirit-empowered believers who support each other in their spiritual development.

What is Dunamis Fellowship Canada (DFC)?

'Dunamis' (doo-nuh-miss) is simply the Greek word that is translated 'power', from which we get such words as 'dynamic' and ‘dynamo.'

DFC is a ministry with charitable status in Canada with members across Canada. We are part of a world-wide move of the Holy Spirit, rooted in the Reformed stream of the church of Jesus Christ. We share a vision statement with Presbyterian-Reformed Ministries, International (PRMI):

Exalting Jesus Christ!
Igniting the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit
under the authority of the Holy Bible as the Word of God
Through Prayer, Leadership Development,
Growing the Church and Mission Outreach

So that the Church may be empowered to do all that Christ commands
For the glory of God the Father!

We fulfill our vision primarily through multi-day events which include a unique combination of systematic teaching, active participation, inspired worship, dynamic prayer and intentional debriefing. All of these components are focused on helping you keep in step with the Holy Spirit.


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