Savannah, Georgia in 1986.
In 1987, it was part of the Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization sponsored by NARSC in New, Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1988, it was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 1989, it was in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In 1990, it was part of the Congress for a Decade of World Evangelization sponsored by NARSC in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Larry Eddings (1991-1994) was a pastor and a General Evangelist in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. He pastored and led churches into renewal in Silverdale and Woodinville, Washington, before answering God’s call to full time evangelistic work. He and his wife Audrey minister together through their evangelistic organization, Wind of the Spirit. They are pioneers in the area of healing ministries and exercise of spiritual gifts.
Larry was elected as the 3rd President at the Board and Council meeting that preceded Aldersgate ’91 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served from 1991-1994.
General Conference (GC) was scheduled in Louisville, Kentucky in 1992. I had never been to a GC of the UMC. The GC convenes for two weeks every four years to set policy and direction for the denomination. It considers legislation related to the Discipline and order of the church. I felt the Lord leading me to attend in 1992. Since I had no official status or any reason to attend, I thought, “What would I do for two weeks?” The Holy Spirit answered with one word, “pray!”
Larry made plans to attend with me. in Louisville, Kentucky. Cecil Williamson, another evangelist and then serving as a vice president of ARM, joined us the second week as he was hosting the bishop and a delegation from Nigeria.
We prayed. We prayed for Bishops. We prayed for delegates. We prayed for the pending legislation. We prayed for God’s will to be done in the issues that threatened to divide and destroy the denomination.
Several Bishops suffered heart attacks and other health issues during the conference. A friend’s wife died while he was in Louisville as a delegate and he had to return home. The church needed prayer. The delegates needed prayer. The delegates needed a place to go for prayer. But, there was no prayer room anywhere to be found. In fact, there was no visible evidence of prayer anywhere to be found. So, we simply engaged delegates and observers who seemed to be distressed and prayed for them in the hallways.
While we were in Louisville, God birthed a vision in me to work toward visible, on-site prayer at future General Conferences. I didn’t have a clue what that looked like or how to go about facilitating it. Margie Burger had just been elected to our Board of Directors to serve as our National Prayer Coordinator. We covenanted to do two things:
To establish a national network of intercessors who would pray for the renewal of the church and who would intercede daily for the Bishops and other leaders of the UMC.
Begin formulating plans to rally a group in Denver for the 2006 General Conference who would come at their own expense for the sole purpose of praying “on-site with insight.”
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