Two events draw people from across the globe to Jerusalem

Rev. Robert Stearns at the Haas Promenade overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem (http://www.daytopray.com)

Jerusalem was the center of world attention last week as leaders from many nations came to pay their respects to former Israeli president and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres, and believers from several countries converged for the annual global Day of Prayer for The Peace of Jerusalem (DPPJ).

In an event hosted by Rev. Robert Stearns of Eagles’ Wings ministries and recorded live at the Haas Promenade, worshippers from many nations held Israeli flags and prayed for the peace of Jerusalem with the Old City as a backdrop. Among the speakers who addressed participants was Knesset Member Yehuda Glick who survived an assassination attempt in 2014.

“We are seeing the Word coming out of the Book as we sit here; what was, is now happening. Each of us need to be a flame in a menorah and burn bright to Jerusalem,” he challenged the audience. Glick also cited Zechariah: “When you see the children playing in the streets of Jerusalem.”

During the event, Stearns presented a $10,000 check to an Israeli organization that provides food to the needy in Israel.

“Year after year, we continue to see Christians rising up and standing with God’s covenant with Israel, and agreeing with God’s promises for the seed of Abraham, both Isaac and Ishmael,” Stearns said. “Pastors all over the nations are leading their congregations to support and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all her inhabitants.”

The DPPJ was broadcast on Sunday by the Jerusalem-based GOD TV which reaches some 300 million people in 192 countries.

This year, the DPPJ itself occurred on Oct. 2, the eve of Rosh Hashana. Nearly 600 people prayed during 24 hours, in a conference call hosted by Greater Calling. Social media venues played an important role in uniting people from around the world, through the app PRAYWITHME, which had a record of more than 700,000 people praying for the peace of Jerusalem in one single day.

Stearns, Jack Hayford and Paul Cedar started the DPPJ as a global movement in 2002, calling believers from all continents to pray on behalf Israel’s capital, interceding “for the city God calls His own,” speaking blessing and provision upon the people of Jerusalem.

A mix of Christians and Jews addressed the DPPJ including Joshua Reinstein, executive vice president of Israel Allies Foundation and director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus; David Nekrutman, executive director of the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC); Faydra Shapiro, director of the Galilee Center for Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College; Pastors Matt Benson, Daniel and Amber Pierce; Rev. Peter Tsukahira, director of Or HaCarmel Ministry Center; Steve Carpenter of Highway 19 Ministries; and Jürgen Buhler, director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

According to Stearns, the DPPJ is the largest prayer initiative in the world that has Jerusalem as its main focus, with tens of millions of believers joining each year from over 175 nations.

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Rachel (Rachely) Scapa, studied journalism at the Open University TLV under Yedioth Aharonoth's journalist Dudi Goldman. Rachel served as news correspondent for various radio stations abroad, including BBC 3 Counties and Voice of America, both in English and Portuguese, giving the best reports from Israel. Currently she has two radio shows - one in Portuguese, which she has had for more than 13 years, presenting News from Israel and the ME. In the other, in Hebrew, she presents Brazilian music, on an Israeli radio station. Rachely is also a columnist for a Christian newspaper in Brazil, distributed over the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.