A Valley ministry that encourages people to pray will present a two-day citywide prayer conference in Fresno.
Operation: Heal Our Land is offering the event — "Lord, Teach Us to Pray" — from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Saturday at the Cornerstone Conference Center, 1525 Fulton St.
The event is designed to guide participants through God's word and give them practical ways to seek God daily.
The speaker is Daniel Henderson, author of "Transforming Prayer: How Everything Changes When You Seek God's Face." Cost for the weekend is $25.
The conference is sponsored by the Men's Citywide Prayer Network, one of three programs within Operation: Heal Our Land.
"They all play together for the good of the community," says KC Dickie, executive director of Operation: Heal Our Land.
The Bee recently caught up with Dickie to learn more about the ministry.
Question: When did your ministry get started and what is its purpose?
The goal of OHOL is the realization of God's promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14. Three different ministries make up OHOL, and are integral in achieving this vision:
Mighty Men of Prayer, which is encouraging men's weekly prayer groups in churches.
Men's Citywide Prayer Network, which has a vision of inspiring 10,000-plus men of God to partner in prayer and service for the needs of the city.
CityWATCH, which is an alliance with the Fresno Police Department, men of the church who are patrolling neighborhoods, praying over them and engaging neighbors as salt and light.
As the person in charge, what is your background?
Five years as men's ministry leader at New Covenant Community Church. I founded Mighty Men of Prayer in 2001, Operation: Heal Our Land in 2008, and CityWATCH in 2013.
Why should others care about your ministry?
Because 2 Samuel 10:12 states: "Be courageous, fight for your people and the cities of your God." The battle we fight is one of a spiritual nature, and one fought from our knees in prayer. We want the power of prayer to protect our cities.
A recent article from Promise Keepers stated that the one troubling thing they are seeing nationwide is prayerlessness in men. When men pray and find intimacy with God, they become better fathers, husbands and leaders. Our whole community benefits.
Your citywide prayer summit will focus on touching a "culture of prayer" in the church. Why is this important?
Everything starts with prayer. If it gets relegated to anything less than top priority, how can we expect the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives and to awaken the church?
This is an important event that can impact churches and our community in a powerful way, at a critical time in our city. We encourage pastors to bring some key people who can be a catalyst for this "culture change."
Why does your ministry's leadership team meet regularly with a pastor or an influential person to pray for them?
As we network with pastors through the Men's Citywide Prayer Network, we want every pastor in this city to know we care deeply about them and the churches they lead.
What role does the Holy Spirit and Scripture play in awakening people's prayer life?
Intimacy with God equates with time spent with God. As we experience the mind of Christ through His Word, and experience the heart of Christ through seeking His face in prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit begins to stir and awaken our prayer life.
Intimacy is experienced, compassion increased and Christ's perfect love compels us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
What is your ministry's biggest need or concern?
Our biggest need is for the men of our city to commit to partnering with us in prayer and service; to truly impact our community for Christ. 1 Timothy 2:8 states; "Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing."
Best ways to reach you?
The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6304.