Hi guys! We're so excited to tell you about an incredible opportunity that we feel called by the Lord to pursue and step into! It's called Awaken The Dawn (ATD), and in a few words, it's a gathering of lovers of Jesus from all 50 U.S. states, gathering day & night for 4 days, with one purpose: to lift up the Name of Jesus and cry out to Him for His mercy on our nation and the world, and for revival!
So what's the history behind this event? There is much more than I can say here, but in short, there is a movement called David's Tent that's been slowly catching fire and is now coming to fruition with this event. Several states now have their own David's Tent events once yearly, as we do here in Oregon, which call together the WHOLE Bride of Christ from around their state for a short time each summer. David's Tent DC has a more permanent presence: they are a 24/7/365 prayer and worship tent which is ON the Capitol Mall, and has been for about 4 years!!! Best of all, they are there with the government's permission! Yes, you read that correctly. And no, this is NOT the kind of thing you will normally hear about on CNN, NBC, ABC, or any other major news network.
David's Tent is modeled after the tabernacle of King David in the Bible, where he relieved 288 singers of all other work duties, and paid them to sing God's praises 24 hours a day, in shifts. This is but a shadow and type of the 24/7 worship happening now in heaven around God's throne! King David was called a "man after God's own heart", so we know that this kind of intense, focused, never-ending worship, where we can connect with Him intimately and move His heart, is true Kingdom business! King David's tabernacle is also the model for our work at the Salem House Of Prayer, where I (Jenn) am an intercessory missionary, and where David and Gabe are also involved and connected.
We want to warmly welcome and invite you to participate WITH us!! There are several ways that you can be involved--as all missionaries, we are in need of 3 kinds of partnerships--those who desire to partner with us spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Please pray about which of the these the Lord might lead you to do:
1) Pray for us!! We need a team of people lifting us up before the throne of God, during our preparation stage, and during the week that we travel. Many things need to come together for this trip to work out, and it is too much for us in our own strength! Please write us a note here on our GoFundMe wall if you want to commit to do this, and we will add you to our prayer team list and send you updates with our specific needs.
2) Give!! Maybe you don't feel called to intercession, but do have it on your heart to support God's Kingdom work with finances, or in practical ways, like food, coupons, or other things that will be a support to us physically . Ask the Lord what He would have you to give, and then let us know! We will need approximately $2600 total for 2 of our plane tickets, transportation in DC, and room and board. Those of us who have paying jobs will also be working and contributing as we're able, but we will need a lot of help to reach our goal, especially since we need to secure housing and pay for the plane tickets as soon as possible.
3) Encouragement!! Humans are body, soul, and spirit, and as missionaries, we need partners who will partner with us in each of these areas. Maybe you would like to go or give, but aren't able; you could be part of our emotional support team and send us encouraging facebook mesages or texts, or maybe even call us with a Bible verse the Lord put on your heart for us during your prayer time. Planning and executing such a big trip can get stressful at times, and your uplifting words will really bless us!!
4) Go!! Many, many worshipers and intercessors are needed to cover the Oregon tent at the Capitol day and night for 4 days!!! The three of us plan to pray and worship in the tent twice a day, for a 2-hour shift each time, but many more are needed! Maybe YOU are called to come join us...it's not too late! You can sign up here: http://www.awakenthedawn.org/ :)
Thank you so much for reading about this exciting adventure we're embarking on, and for prayerfully considering how you can be a part! <3
- Cynthia Shaver
- Susan Nickeson
- Gabe Tzeo
- Sarah Sabino
- Nanda Van Houten
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