An Invitation to Adopt a Nation
We are seeking 70 prayer groups in Australia to each adopt and pray for one of the 70 Commonwealth nations who will come to Australia for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast 4-15 April 2018. Your regular prayer group can do this! You just need to commit to pray for one of these nations from now through April 2018.
Prayer for the Commonwealth Games is being organised by the Gold Coast House of Prayer. See Beyond Gold GC for dates of the Baton Relay, Prayer Points etc.
See details below on how to register in Jamie’s letter. Below Jamie’s letter there is a list of the nations – and those needing prayer. When you register you will receive information on each nation.
We encourage you to contact our office to register your prayer group and nation, or register through Trybooking via www.trybooking.com/PJFO.
To see the YouTube clips of these nations go to www.prayercast.com.
We would love to hear feedback from you and especially from those prayer groups that adopted nations at the beginning of this strategic assignment.
Weekly Prayer Online
Each Friday from 11am-1pm Sydney time you can join in or listen to us pray for the two Commonwealth Nations that the Queens Baton Relay is passing through. If you cannot be on the call for the full two hours you can join for part of it. This is a good experience for us all to learn more, from experienced global prayer leaders, about intercession and praying over nations.
QUEEN’S BATON RELAY PRAYER WATCH
The Queen’s Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held before the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The Relay traditionally begins at Buckingham Palace in London as a part of the city’s Commonwealth Day festivities. The Queen entrusts the baton to the first relay runner. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads the message aloud to open the Games officially.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games, commonly known as Gold Coast 2018, will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018. The baton left Buckingham Palace on March 15, 2017, and will travel through each of the Commonwealth Nations, spending 2-6 days in each.
As the host for the games, prayer leaders from Australia were invited to put together an initiative whereby the nations could join in to pray for each country of the Commonwealth in the months preceding the games.
Over 2 billion people live in the Commonwealth of Nations. They represent ¼ of the world’s population and ⅓ of the world nations, spread over every continent. The Queen’s Baton Relay Prayer Watch aims to strengthen and connect the people and nations through prayer focusing on their redemptive gifts.
Our vision is to find 70 houses of prayer throughout Australia who would be willing to pray for the 70 nations/territories that are participating in the Commonwealth Games.
Besides the specific prayer assignments we hope that this will help catalyse connections between the various Houses of Prayer around the nation.
With this letter we would like you and your House of Prayer to take on one nation to pray for during the rest of this year. What we ask for is that your House of Prayer will pray weekly for the nation you have selected as well as have a specific prayer meeting for that nation while the baton is in that nation.
We plan to communicate once to twice a month and will make available prayer guides progressively for all the nations/territories in the relay. Communication is being coordinated through the office of Australian House of Prayer for All Nations which is overseen by Ps Jenny Hagger.
We invite you to sign up your House of Prayer by registering at the following link.
Alternatively, you can phone our office on 08 8370 1256 and register that way. If you would like more information please Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0883701256 .
To see the YouTube clips of these nations go to www.prayercast.com
We would be most grateful if you would pass on this invitation to any other Houses of Prayer that you are aware of who may be interested.
May God’s richest grace and peace be with you all.
Ps Jamie Pryor
Also on behalf of Ps Jenny Hagger (SA), Rudi Bam (Qld) and Ros Curry (NSW).
Nations expected to compete in Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Australia (host nation)
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Cook Islands
- England – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Falkland Islands
- India – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Isle of Man
- Kenya – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Mozambique – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Namibia – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- Northern Ireland – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Helena
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Scotland – Contact Sue for introduction to ‘Pray for Scotland’
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- South Africa – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Sri Lanka
- Tanzania – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Tonga – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Vanuatu – There is a House of Prayer praying for this nation.