CinAMI Legacy of Prayer

Sixty years of Christians in Action Missions International (CinAMI) success sharing the Gospel, around the world, is built on the solid foundation of prayer. The first CinAMI president, Lee Shelly, established not only regular days of prayer and fasting, but also a prayer command center manned by CinAMI staff who interceded every hour of every day on behalf of CinAMI missionaries. Following in this rich tradition, last November our new president, David Ingerson, gathered our staff, board of directors, and friends of CinAMI as well as various fielded missionaries for a three-day prayer summit. Armed with prayer requests from across the globe, we sought to inquire of the Lord.

Nearly thirty dedicated hearts joined us in prayer as we focused on the theme: “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord Reigns,’” Psalm 96:10a. Drawing near to God, we sensed His voice encourage us to repent from sin and apathy, seek Him wholeheartedly and thank Him for His steadfast love not only for us but also for those Jesus sees as harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Ultimately, we sensed the Holy Spirit encourage us to recognize His heart for the lost and ask Him to send forth laborers into His harvest.

Our brethren in Sierra Leone, under National Superintendent Issa Kargbo’s leadership, inspired us to celebrate God’s mighty power as we asked Him to seal “…the next generation [that they] might come to know…[and] not forget His works, but keep His commandments.” Psalm 78:6-7. The team in Guatemala, with Area Director Miguel Toledo leading, rejoiced with the CinAMI vision to reach the next generation as it resonated with their burden to see their youth move beyond complacency.

They further encouraged us to engage in spiritual warfare by praying against enemies of complacency, crime, idolatry, and various dangerous addictions. CinA Ghana President Julius Nangai urged us to pray that they will reach not only Ghana but the entire African continent and beyond!

Believe with us that God will answer those prayers by sending laborers into His harvest. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15. As our new president says, “Keep on praying.”