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Today (November 11, 2010) is Veterans Day, which is also known as Armistice or Remembrance Day. It commemorates the agreement signed to end World War I. It took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. It became known as Veterans Day when, in 1954 under President Eisenhower, it was expanded to celebrate all US Veterans. If you have served in the armed forces, thank you so much for your service. It mattered when you served, and it still does. Reflecting on Veterans Day caused me to remember and be freshly thankful for some of the “Prayer Summit Veterans” I am aware of. It was 20 years ago, this month, that I attended the first Pastors Prayer Summit for the Pierce County, WA pastors. That event changed my life and is still changing it. At the risk of missing some I should also mention, I want to remember some of those who, with their lives, signed an agreement, not to end a conflict, but to “fight the good fight” of seeing the Church of Jesus Christ experience renewed for greater impact across the Pacific Northwest and eventually, around the world.

DrJoe_webOf course, it starts with Dr. Joe Aldrich. When he became president of Multnomah School of the Bible in 1978 (now Multnomah University) he had a burden to bring a greater sense of renewal to the Church of the Pacific Northwest. This caused him to ask the question, “What would it take to see a move of God initiated and sustained in a geographic area?” This question eventually led him to invite pastors to get away for four days just to seek God for what His desires were for them and their communities. In February of 1989 the first Prayer Summit took place. Within a few short years it spread not only across the nation but around the world.

Terry DirksTerry Dirks was with Dr. Joe from the beginning. As a staff member of Multnomah, he helped implement and shape the movement until his death in 1999. Joe had given him responsibility to oversee the movement and under his sensitive direction both before and after Dr. Joe’s retirement in 1997, it continued to impact thousands of pastors.

Dick Palmer, a retired dentist (and Navy Veteran) with a great heart and calling to come along side pastors heard about what was happening. He volunteered his time to serve Joe, Terry and the growing movement. The first time I facilitated a summit was with Dick, in February of 1993.

Bob Cryder and Dave Cetti soon became an integral part of the team as did Lee Brase. These men not only traveled and facilitated summits, but they also met and prayed often to help discern how God wanted it to proceed.

Don Stern, a friend of Terry’s from his days in Yakima, was asked to come and join the team. For more than 10 years Don not only provided administrative service, but became well known for his love for Jesus and heart for pastors.

Tom White heard about Prayer Summits, attended one, knew he was called to this kind of ministry, and began facilitating summits in both the states and in many other nations.

Dave Halbert responded to an invitation from Terry Dirks to begin to facilitate summits and soon found himself traveling not only the states, but in other countries sharing the vision and equipping future facilitators.

jody_web 2 3 As the pastors were blessed at summits, there became both a desire and need for women’s summits. Jane Brown (Dr. Joes’ sister) and Jody Mayhew were called upon to provide leadership in this realm. Thousands of women have been blessed because of the groundwork they laid and their ministry since.

These “veterans” planted sees that are still sprouting. They forged a path that many people are still walking. Their stories have produced many other stories. The questions asked years ago are being answered in some wonderful ways. People are still encountering Jesus in personal and powerful ways. They are not only understanding the power of unity, they are walking in that power.

I am grateful to all those “veterans” who have and are still serving the King!


Thanks again for your prayers. If you click here I will know that you have taken these requests before the Throne. (This will take you to a page thanking you for your prayers and we will be able to see who clicked on this link)

Many blessings,

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As you pray this month, please take some time and express thanks to the Lord for who He is and all He has done! This could well be the most significant part of your time of prayer!

I would also ask you to pray for the other summits that have just completed or will be taking place soon. See the IRM Calendar for details.

When you receive this note, I will be a few days into a 10 day Israel trip. If I have a title on this trip, it would be “spiritual director.” I will be facilitating prayer at several sites to make the trip more as personal as possible. I would appreciate your prayers so that our prayers will be most effective.

From Nov 18 – 25 I will be teaching on individual and corporate prayer at Holsby Brun (a Bible School in Southern Sweden). Please pray that the 40 students plus staff (as well as myself!) will be greatly impacted as we interact with the Holy Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit.

Finally, please pray for the 8th annual Pacific Northwest City Impact Roundtable, Dec 6-7.

Upcoming Prayer Summits/Events


Pastors Prayer Summit

November 3 - 5

Birmingham, AL

Pastors & Ministry Leaders Prayer Summit

January 31 - February 2

For a more complete list of both upcoming and past Prayer Summits/Events please see the Calendar on our website.

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