ATCU  Begins The New Year With Prayer

ATCU  Begins The New Year With Prayer
Communication Department, ATCU

The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) is set to begin 2014 with an intentional focus on prayer as it launches its annual prayer initiative and joins the Adventist world church in its “Ten Days of Prayer” program.
The ATCU Prayer Initiative, which will enter its third year on January 1, 2014, is a corporate prayer experience that invites the ATCU membership and other interested persons to answer the call to prayer and devotion to Jesus Christ issued by the program “Revival and Reformation. “Revival and Reformation,” formulated by the Adventist world church, aims to encourage members to develop and maintain a close relationship with Christ through prayer, Bible study, and sharing their faith with others.
During 2014, the ATCU Prayer Initiative will center on the spiritual virtues listed in 2 Peter 1:5 – 11 where the apostle Peter sets forth the divine plan for the development of Christian character.
In addition to praying for special groups, union initiatives, and local and regional concerns, each month will be dedicated to asking God to intertwine one of these virtues into one’s moral tapestry with the aim of becoming more like Him every day.

The “Ten Days of Prayer” program (formerly called Operation Global Rain) was adopted by the Adventist world church in 2010.  Throughout the ten-day period,  each member will be praying through the Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6:19-13 and Luke 11:1-4.   The theme is “Teach us to Pray.”  
Below are important dates to be observed in January 2014.
January 4, 2014 - Day of Prayer and Fasting
On this day, ATCU members will be praying for all pastors and elders in Adventist churches throughout ATCU and for the success of the Vision One Million Initiative.  In addition, each local church is encouraged to include its own special needs and reasons for thanksgiving and praise. 
January 8 – 18, 2014 - Ten Days of Prayer
Pastor Peter Kerr, prayer coordinator for ATCU, in anticipation of what God will do as the ATCU membership unites in prayer at the beginning of the year said, “It is my sincere hope that God will pour out His Spirit in Pentecostal power just as He did after the early church prayed for ten days in the upper room. He will do it again.”   You can find resources for the “Ten Days of Prayer” at www.tendaysofprayer.org while the ATCU 2014 prayer booklet, with the weekly prayer focus, can be viewed at atcunion.org, or one can be obtained from any Adventist church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, or the Turks and Caicos Islands.