Carnaval Prayer Strikes in Bolivia

Crown of Bolivian intercessors

By Dan Fick

Carnaval Took Over Tried to Take Over Latin America

All across the con­ti­nent, peo­ple were begin­ning to cel­e­brate Carnaval, bet­ter known in the States as Mardi Gras. It’s a Catholic fes­ti­val with pagan roots, and in Sucre, is a time for drunk­en­ness, vio­lence, sex­u­al immoral­i­ty and idol­a­try.

Oftentimes, drunk par­ents will parade around town with their bewil­dered chil­dren in tow. Sucre’s Christian com­mu­ni­ty usu­al­ly takes advan­tage of the extra-long week­end to go out of town on a spe­cial retreat. But this year, God led us in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion.

Line of people praying over city
Rather than turn­ing tail and run­ning while the city went wild, we orga­nized inter­ces­so­ry prayer strikes.

Prayer Strikes

On Wednesday night, around 50 peo­ple gath­ered at church for a night of prayer and wor­ship. God’s pres­ence was pal­pa­ble. Then on Saturday morn­ing, near­ly 40 peo­ple from church came togeth­er to pray at a plaza that over­looks the city.

Sunday morn­ing, we had our usu­al Celebration Service, where I preached about being a church full of mis­sion­ar­ies. I chal­lenged every­one to be “salt and light” (Matt 5:13–16) for Jesus in Sucre. Monday and Tuesday, we had two more prayer strikes in strate­gic loca­tions.

A Long Time In Coming

Fifteen years ago when I was fresh out of Bible School, God gave me a vision and strate­gies to mobi­lize the Local Church in Bolivia to impact the com­mu­ni­ty specif­i­cal­ly through dis­ci­ple­ship, wor­ship, prayer and evan­ge­lism. Fast-for­ward to the present, I’m amazed at the plat­form God has giv­en us. Now, we tru­ly are mobi­liz­ing the local church to impact the com­mu­ni­ty. I can’t begin to describe the deep sense of sat­is­fac­tion and won­der that floods my heart!

Dan moved to Sucre, Bolivia, in 2003 to work as a youth pas­tor and wor­ship leader of Piedra Viva Church. There he met Aylín and they mar­ried in 2007. In April 2011, Dan and Aylín assumed the role of lead pas­tors of the church, over­see­ing a vibrant, grow­ing body of believ­ers. Their heart is to see peo­ple touched with the life-trans­form­ing pow­er of God’s Truth and to raise up a church to reach every sphere of soci­ety for Christ.

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