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79 countries, but there are probably more. Those are only the ones we are aware of.”   Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, says the prayer line has become a movement. “We realize that the ministry of the kingdom is bigger than a local assembly and so New Birth is excited because we’re bringing pastors and churches together who understand that there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, with one mission and that is to restore that which was lost and what was lost was our dominion, our kingdom dominion. That is why this ministry is so important,” said Long. “For almost 20 years, New Birth has impacted around the world through our broadcast ministry. This prayer call has reunited and reignited the believers and those who have been touched for years through our broadcast ministry. Now, we’re tying countries together in strong prayer, praying for their people, praying for the government and praying for education.” Bishop Long says there was never a goal to reach a million connections. There was no goal number in mind, in fact. “This prayer ministry has become an effective form of evangelism because in its original conception, it was only intended for a week. It has been extended a couple years and it has grown from a couple of a hundred to well over 5,000 a morning and a million calls around the world with evidence of salvations, with evidence of miracles, with evidence of breakthrough,” said Long. “It’s become a great evangelistic tool to invite others that are unsaved, that don’t know the Lord, that they get an experience with the Lord and a super natural encounter with people daily from around the world. It’s been fantastic.” New Birth says one of the reasons for its success is the frequency of the call. A number of other prayer lines, such as the one at Nashville’s Mount Zion Full Gospel, are weekly prayer calls. New Birth’s prayer call takes place daily. “Every day, thousands of people call in from all over the world,” said Elder Stokes. New Birth says the daily prayer line is a way to address the needs of people daily by uplifting, encouraging, and praying for their needs to be met. “We have to meet people where they are, physically, financially and emotionally,” said Long. “That approach is working as we take on callers with all sorts of issues. One recent prayer call was for supernatural healing for a young man who just signed a full scholarship to play football at UGA and is scheduled to have surgery for an injury, to a woman who is fighting cancer at St. Jude Hospital.” New Birth hosts the prayer line every morning, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. at 559-726-1050. The overflow line can be reached at 530-881-1050. If you would like to connect to the prayer line, via the web, your tablet device, or smart phone, visit events/742. You can also connect via the Internet or e-mail a prayer request or praise report to morningprayer@ CHURCHES Now | 47

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