Benji and Erica Jenkins are missionaries in Papua New Guinea who serve in a variety of ways but have a focus at Christian Union Bible College and with Christian Union Church. This story, told by Benji, focuses on the power of prayer and how God moved in big ways during the 50 days of prayer leading up to a revival.
“In January of 2014, the Christian Union Church of Papua New Guinea celebrated its 50th Anniversary. It was in 1964 that the first missionaries arrived and started planting churches in the Southern Highlands Province. To celebrate this, World Gospel Mission and the Christian Union Church planned a five-day revival. This revival took place in an area called Embi, one of the places the early missionaries had gone into. Although the country has progressed in the last 50 years, Embi is still a very remote location with no electricity or running water and very few permanent houses. Housing and feeding the couple thousand people who would travel in as well as the former missionaries who visited and the guest speaker, Hubert Harriman, required several months of planning.
“Knowing that this was a huge undertaking with lots of room for problems to arise, the missionaries in PNG decided to start a prayer campaign leading up to the revival. The ‘50 Days of Prayer for PNG’ Facebook page was created. Each day for 50 days a different missionary, church leader, ministry, or visitor was highlighted with prayer requests. Many people responded to those daily requests by saying they had prayed or even by reposting the requests on their own Facebook page. There were days when over 1,000 people saw those prayer requests and prayed for the different needs that were listed!
“As a result of those prayers, the 50th Anniversary Celebration went on without any major problems. In a developing country, there are always issues with vehicles, trouble getting supplies, and many other things. But when the day came to start, Embi was flooded with people from four different provinces (states). And everyone found a place to sleep and food to eat. Hubert Harriman preached many of the services and his sermons were translated into two different languages so that everyone could understand. Many people came to the altar during each service to seek the Lord. Some of them told how they had gotten saved and some told of being sanctified. There was even a service where the pastors were challenged to grow deeper, and the altar was lined with pastors seeking God’s touch.”
There is no way that any of this could have happened without the enormous prayer support that lasted for 50 days before and during the five-day revival.