Cry Out America Draws Thousands of Participants
September 11, 2012, was a day of united, consecrated prayer commemorating 9/11 through the participation of more than 1,700 churches and 2,600 interdenominational, public prayer events involving city and county officials, first responders, and committed laity. Cry Out America (COA) events took place across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in all 38 U.S. counties with populations of more than one million. Gatherings averaged an attendance of 100 people and represented 250,000 intercessors crying out for a spiritual awakening in America.
Dr. Billy Wilson, executive director for the Awakening America Alliance, says, “There is hope for America! That hope has been exemplified across the nation at more than 2,600 prayer points with 900 countywide services as Christian believers gathered to pray for the spiritual condition of our nation. Without fanfare or glaring lights, these believers simply united their hands and hearts across denominational lines to cry out for God’s mercy on our nation. If the only hope for America is a deep, transformational spiritual change that begins at the grassroots—and it is—then Cry Out America signals that hope.”
Positive, moving reports are pouring in from the various COA 9/11 prayer gatherings. Kay Horner, COA national coordinator, says, “Our hope is that the Cry Out America 9/11 prayer gatherings will be an ongoing effort across our nation throughout the year. Many counties are already planning continued united gatherings that will ultimately lead to cooperative evangelism and service initiatives in their communities.”
Peggy Scarborough, South Carolina state coordinator, adds, “This is the third year that South Carolina has had all of its counties participating. I desire to see every county in America in prayer on 9/11/13. Prayer is the only thing that will save America. I’m here to stand with Cry Out America and serve our state and nation until America has a real revival and a return to God.”
Dr. Wilson concludes: “As we move from 9/11 and a presidential election, we believe that our trust does not lie in the economy, not in military might and not in politics. Many Christians are lured into thinking that politics are the answer, but the one and only answer is Jesus. Cry Out America comes at a crucial time in our nation’s history.”
Cry Out America preceded America For Jesus—a national call to prayer on September 28–29 at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PA. This launched 40 days of prayer and fasting leading up to national elections.
To read more reports or to learn how to get involved in Cry Out America 2013, go to awakeningamerica.us
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