We honor this day in coming together in remembrance of those who passed on the day of September 11, 2001 in a time of silence and prayer for their families. We thank God for all the fellow American’s who came to the aid of many victims of this tragic and terrible day.
Arizona State Coordinator
National Day of Prayer
ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL
Coordinator – Lorilea Hudgins
Attendance – Approximately 200
This event is held on the lawn in front of the Arizona State Capitol each year. Lorilea reported this year’s event was “awesome”; that it hit the mark, named the name of Jesus and gave honor to His name. Lorilea stated there was good representation from government and youth leaders. She said she was very impressed with the prayers offered by the Phoenix Chief of Police, and by the young man who appeared with her and gave a mighty, powerful, and prophetic prayer. Moms in Prayer participated for the first time this year, and Teen Challenge also assisted with the event. Lorilea stated there was a good turnout, and she felt this year there was a better connection with the public.
Coordinator – William Simotti Assistant – Al Garza
Attendance – 28
The event was held in Sierra Vista, Arizona; 28 people were in attendance – this was the lowest turnout in many years. The temperature was close to 90 degrees on May 4th.
Bill Simotti and his wife Carmen have organized the National Day of Prayer in front of City Hall since 1984. This year a crowd numbering 28 gathered under the noontime sun on the lawn in front of City Hall where people were invited to pray for government leaders. “Most of the people who come pray, but they don’t speak,” said Bill Simotti. Evangelist Al Garza lead the group in prayers for local, state and federal officials, and five people approached the podium with messages of hope and calls for spiritual guidance for elected officials.
Coordinator – Lois Johnson
Assistant – Carla Abraham
Attendance – 436
Lois Johnson reported that this year she asked the local churches to open their doors on May 4th and request that their members come and pray. There were 20 churches in Gila County that participated – 17 in the Payson area and 3 in Globe. In addition, an event was held at the Payson High School, one at the Payson Christian School, and one at a local rehabilitation facility. There were also three events held at local adult care facilities, and one event was held at Oasis Christian Bookstore in Payson.
Coordinator – Pastor Bob Sainz
Attendance – 40
Pastor Bob reported there were four churches present. Each church had representatives pray according to the NDP’s directives and spiritual climate of our Nation. They began with worship, a simple introduction, and then allowed each church to pray during a time of corporate prayer. The event ended with corporate prayer and worship by the worship team.
Coordinator – Angela Privitt and Lon Privitt
Assistant – Pastor Jerry Green
Angie Privitt reported there were 10 to 12 churches in the Anthem area that participated, and that the churches are taking on the event themselves. Angie stated, “It was not a heavy burden this year.” She also reported there was definitely a move of the Spirit over the preparation and event itself, and that it is obvious the churches are coming together. Angie said approximately 10 churches in the North Valley participated. Angie also reported that Jerry Green, former Gila County Coordinator now living in the Phoenix area, is becoming active in NDP and has encouraged many churches in Mesa with many who attended.
Coordinator – Valerie Heflin
Attendance – Approximately 300
Valerie reported that she and her team learned that God works His plan. The team had invited a special speaker three months prior to the event, and three days prior to the National Day of Prayer this person called and cancelled. Valerie and her team contacted DJ Scott Herrold of Sounds of the Spirit radio station in Las Vegas, NV, who cleared his schedule so he could come and speak at their event. Valerie said he was fabulous and all were blessed! They rented the Mohave High School Auditorium for the event. Valerie stated the praise and worship was fantastic. They also had ministry booths from various agencies which were well received. Valerie reported that she and her team made the decision to add an eighth point to the seven pillars – the persecuted church. They had a Southern Baptist pastor, who had served overseas, and had been persecuted and shot twice, pray for this point. She stated it was an incredible evening that truly honored the Lord.
Coordinator – Catherine Mark
Assistant – Rosalie Ibarra
Southern Pima County Coordinator – Pastor Bruce Van Sickle
Attendance – 1,276
Catherine stated there were 16 events held in Pima County. A 24-hour prayer service, with 11 churches participating, started on May 3rd and continued through May 4th. In addition, a Youth Rally was held on Friday, May 5th at Kennedy Park Fiesta Area in Tucson. Catherine said it is imperative to reach the youth now, not wait for the future.
Representative – Pastor Stan Rios
Pastor Stan Rios reported he went to the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation and, with the approval of Chief Judge Harvey, he and his team were allowed to pray in the courtroom for forty-five minutes on Thursday, May 4th. A time of repentance of sin and injustice was held, forgiveness was asked for, and the name of the Lord was proclaimed in the courtroom for the Tohono O’Odham Indian Tribe. Pastor Stan stated he hopes to be allowed to bring teams into the other tribal courtrooms in the future.
ARIZONA UNIVERISTY AND COLLEGE INSTITUTIONS
Coordinator – Daniel Briscoe
Daniel Briscoe stated this year he was not able to hold all the events he usually did due to a heavy school schedule. He was able to organize events for See You at the Pole and Collegiate Day this year. Daniel stated there was success in a community service the Sunday prior to May 4th. He is building a team at Grand Canyon University and is looking forward to next year. Daniel expressed his appreciation for being able to participate with the Capitol Event by live streaming the event.
For your Great name sake oh Lord!
Please be sure to mark your calendar for National Day of Prayer Youth Rally, Friday, May 5 th , 2017. You and your organization are a vital part of the community in Tucson. Let’s unite together and pray for God to bless this nation and restore our city!
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7
Prayer is a high calling and an amazing privilege. A person of prayer is one of the most important callings our lives as a Christian. Just think about this for a moment: We can talk with the God of the universe! And we can know that not only does He listen attentively and with great affection, but also He responds by revealing His Heart, giving us direction, blessing our circumstances, releasing justice, and much more.
Reverend Lois Blei
National Day of Prayer, Mountain States
Regional Prayer Shield Coordinator
With Joyful Expectations
“If you want to change the world, invest in helping another person to reach his or her potential.”
What is the most strategic thing you could do to improve the life of others? Ask yourself what can I do the rest of my life to build a life of significance. John decided he wanted to add value to 10 people, he wanted to intentionally come into their life and compliment, complete, and add value to them. They never knew what John’s intention was; only that he was pleasant to be around. He soon discovered what his joy was and to do it.
Giving up your game and in a selfless way, begin to pour into the life of others. This was greater than personal success. I know what I can do, but what can I do for others, with others.
THE BIG IDEA is that if you want to change the world, invest in helping another person reach their potential…
Change the world through, with, or beside someone…
Ask yourself…who could that person be?
Think: Who in your life could benefit from your life experience? Who could you invest in to help reach his or her potential? Now..Think of everyone you know in every area of your life.
How could you combine what you are passionate about with a person who can benefit from your experience in that area?
Do: Once you have identified this person, offer to become a mentor. Plan to come alongside this person for a season of time, months or even years — and meet periodically.
Set the time to meet once or twice a month, however works for both of you. Ask the person to come to the meeting with questions.
As long as the person is working to grow and as long as you are able to be helpful, continue to meet.
Tell: After you’ve identified someone to mentor, tell others about it. If you use social media, post using the hashtag #IntentionalLiving.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Read, Think…Then Ask Yourself…Who Could That Person Be?
Jann Durst, The Arizona National Day of Prayer Coordinator
Governor Doug Ducey has just signed a proclamation stating that May 4, 2017 is protected by the First Amendment to come together publicly to pray. This is a tremendous victory in the fight for the Christian values our Country was founded upon.
The Arizona National Day of Prayer is approaching fast. Now is the time to register your event. Visit our locations page to find a prayer event in your city. Lets bring prayer back to America!
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2017: If you are just reading this in March – or later, it’s still possible to pull together a community or church prayer event! Keep it simple: REMEMBER – PRAYER IS THE FOCUS
March: It’s not too late to begin!
• Officially invite local officials, police officers, chaplains, firemen, city council, etc
• Take posters to all local churches, houses of prayer, Christian schools, malls, coffee shops, (wherever people gather)
• Post your Event details on the NDPTF Website
• Keep committee informed; get updates
• Update with your leader coordinator; join national prayer call interceding for NDP coordinators • PRAY
April: Press On!
• Continue to promote with Continue to promote with radio, press releases, posters
• Secure proclamation (possible public signing), take pictures and post brief for blog, social media update or local media use
• Early in April, email your speakers, participants and musicians a program with schedule.
• Meet with team for progress report. Adjust as needed.
• Mid April, reconfirm speakers with date, time and location of your event and their time limit/topic. Review audiovisual needs with suppliers; confirm details.
• Review the web Media Section in the NDP Resource Manual below; inform media of your event date, time and location.
• Water bottles for presenters
May: Enjoy the Fruits
• Meet with your team for a last-minute review of needs and confirmations and who will be filling those needs.
• PRAY TOGETHER
• Send thank you notes to your team, speakers, public officials, volunteers and anyone who contributed to the NDP event.
• Submit your event report online national website and send a short email report to your State Coordinator about your event.
• Complete event survey to help us learn what God has done and share the testimonies
• THANK the LORD, REST
June: Prayer and Thanksgiving
• Update database from event posters, people who purchased resources, new contacts
• Debrief with core team: praises and improvement
• Reserve space or secure permit for next year for public venues
• Join the azndp.org and nationaldayofprayer.org conference calls. To inquire | contact us: email@example.com (available am and evening)
On February 21, 2017, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, present the National Day of Prayer Proclamation 2017, to the City of Tucson: Receiving the Award Presentation is our Reverend Lois Blei, National Day of Prayer Mountain States Regional; and Paul Parisi, with 4Tucson