The Lake Union is beginning this new year with a call to all of our members to be part of a very special journey of seeking God in prayer. This year marks the first time since 1990 that a General Conference session will take place in our Union, specifically Indianapolis, Indiana. The officers of the Lake Union and the presidents of the five conferences are inviting our members to join together to seek the Holy Spirit. Here is some information we would like to share with you, which we will present in a question-and-answer format.
What is this event called and what is the purpose of the event?The event is called “Our United Cry,” based on the following quote from Ellen White: “Could there be a convocation of all the churches on earth, the object of their united cry should be for the Holy Spirit. When we have that, Christ our sufficiency is ever present, we shall have every want supplied. We shall have the mind of Christ” (Manuscript Release Vol. 2, p. 24).
In light of the times in which we are living, and especially in light of the upcoming General Conference Session that will take place in the Lake Union this year, the purpose of the event is to see a prayer movement begin in our Union by inviting you to come to this event and pray in a united way for the Holy Spirit.
Who is encouraged to come?Anyone passionate for the finishing of the work. This will be a multicultural, multilingual and multigenerational event so we are asking people, of any age and culture, to be part of this one-of-a-kind prayer conference.
Who will be speaking?We will have short messages on prayer presented by the following individuals:
Jerry and Janet Page, General Conference Ministerial Department; Melody Mason, author of the bestselling book, Dare to Ask for More; Mark Finley, renowned evangelist and assistant to the President of the General Conference; James Black, Prayer Ministries director for the North American Division; Gem Castor, Prayer coordinator for ASAP Ministries; and Tony Anobile, vice president for Multicultural Ministries for the North American Division.
Keep in mind that, like the early church, we are inviting the Holy Spirit to be our very special guest.
What will be the format? Our idea is to have people seated at round tables as we listen to the short messages, followed by sharing and praying together.
When and where will it be held? Join us March 6 and 7 at the Embassy Suites Event Center located in Plainfield, Indiana, which is next to Indianapolis, the city where the General Conference will be held.
How much does it cost? The regular cost is $65 which is available through January 28, after which it will be $75. This fee covers attendance at the meeting lunch, hor d'oeuvres served at the close of the meeting, and a 40-day prayer/devotional/journal book specifically designed for this event.
What about housing? We invite you to make your room reservation as soon as possible at the Embassy Suites or any number of hotels near the event location.
How can I register?Simply go to our website: www.ourunitedcry.org. We encourage you to register now and be a part of this very special journey together.
Carmelo Mercado is vice president of the Lake Union Conference.