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    > PRAYER VIGIL _ BACKGROUND
Prayer-Raising
Preparing for the mission field involves raising funds, but even more critical than that is prayer support. Our dream is to raise enough prayer support (and we're almost there) to have someone before God's throne on behalf of the team and the Czech people sometime during every hour of every day for the next 10 years. This is not a new idea...
Moravian Background
Before the Reformation in Europe in the 1500s, a reformation had already occurred in the Czech Lands, led by Czech hero and martyr Jan Hus (John Huss, 1372-1415).

The reform movement sparked by Hus crystalized into the Unitas Fratrum (Unity of Brethren), which made its home in Moravia (the eastern half of modern day CR). Eventually exiled from Moravia by repressive Catholic monarchs, many members of the Unitas Fratrum found asylum in Saxony in 1772 on the estate of a well-to-do Pietist, Count Zinzendorf. There they became known as the Moravians and named their community Hernnhut, "The Watch of the Lord."

In 1727, they experienced revival and gained a missionary zeal which has hardly been matched in church history. Twenty-four men and twenty-four women covenanted to pray hourly intercessions, thus forming a 24/7 prayer chain which continued uninterrupted for 100 YEARS! By 1776, they had sent out 226 missionaries from their community at Hernnhut!

What an inspiring story! And how appropriate, as we move to Olomouc in Moravia, to form a prayer vigil in a similar vein. They were committed to seek the face of the Lord day and night, and with your help we hope to do the same. They did it for 100 years straight on behalf of their missionaries, surely we can do it for 10. And it will make a difference: "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16)."

How It Works
If you would like to join this prayer vigil, please find an hour(s) that is still available on the schedule below (US Central Standard Time, add 7 hours for Central European Time) and then fill out the form that follows. Be sure to include your contact info so that we can send you reminders and requests. We'll also be posting prayer requests and updates under the 'requests' tab above and on our blog.

We're not asking you to pray the entire hour (though that would be wonderful), but please at least pray sometime during the hour, and do so on a weekly basis. Please be diligent in this. We've made a serious commitment and we ask you do the same. If, however, your schedule changes and you become unable to pray during your hour, please let us know and work with us to find another hour for you and a replacement person for your slot.

You're welcome to sign up for more than one timeslot and, of course, you're also welcome to pray for us anytime. Thank you!

NOTE: We realize most of the good hours are taken. So, please consider taking a slot that's still open, but if that's impossible for you, don't let that stop you from signing up for a time that's already taken.

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    > PRAYER VIGIL _ PLEDGE FORM
Here is our lovely pledge form.
name:
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address:
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