CCSM New Zealand takes teams to China in July and October. Usually for two weeks.
God is moving powerfully through many cities and provinces of China, with thousands of Chinese being saved every day. However, some provinces are still very much strongholds of the enemy with little or no Christian presence. Minority groups such as the Huis, Uighurs and Tibetans are part of the 2000+ people groups throughout the world yet to be reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Himself spent 40 days of fasting and intercession before He began His ministry.
The apostle Paul reminds us that, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).
To attempt to evangelise without first accomplishing a measure of spiritual breakthrough can only lead to frustration and futility.
--JOHN R. MOTT
Once we decide to follow Christ we enter into the battle for the Kingdom and souls. It is our responsibility to pray and learn and as we become more faithful in our prayer we mature in our walk.
Rather than going to God about yourself, intercession is going to God on behalf of the needs of another person, place or situation. It’s what Jesus did for us, He interceded for us in that He gave His life and still intercedes for us in heaven. It is prayer for the desire of God.
Intercessors spend time in the Word of God, worship Him and develop intimacy with Him. They develop a desire to know the heart of God and pray for others, preparing their heart to become an intercessory prayer warrior.
Spiritual warriors are grounded in the Word of God. They know how to enter the throne room and they understand the battle is in the heavenlies. They have developed intimacy with God.
Many of the results accomplished by intercession teams will only be revealed in eternity. However, we can and frequently do experience some amazing things.
"On one trip, following several hours of worship and intercession, we met two young men who had come to burn joss sticks in order to seek inner peace. As we engaged them in conversation and answered their questions, each in his own time met Jesus. They threw their joss sticks upon the ground and stomped on them, signifying that they no longer needed these to have peace in their hearts.
They must have spoken of their experience straight away, for when we were on our way again, we met two men who asked us: “Where are the little booklets you have to tell us the truth? We heard about them from the two young men who were speaking to you earlier in the day.” You can imagine our excitement as we had an opportunity to share with them too about the love of Jesus."
Prayer operates in the heavenlies and while it's not necessary to travel, there are strong reasons to physically go to china. Being in china gets you away from your everyday worries and concerns, allowing you to concentrate on prayer and intercession. When drawn out of your element you may be more dependent on the Holy Spirit's leading. Being in china allows you to see first hand the needs of the Chinese people and better identify with them.
Men and women of all ages are encouraged to apply for these teams, although a reasonable level of fitness is necessary as walking and some climbing is involved. Ideally we require most of the team to be those who have a proven intercessory ministry. However, we also encourage those who have little experience but desire to develop in this ministry, so long as they are spiritually mature, willing to work as part of a close team, and operate under the authority of the team leaders.
A previous team member commented:
“I never believed prayer could be so exciting and spiritually rewarding.”
If you have a group of eight or more people who would be interested in making an intercessory team, please let us know and we’ll contact you about putting together a trip just for you!
Or join with others on an upcoming CCSM Intercessory Team.
CCSM will organise the team's in-China travel and accommodation. Airfares to China are not included in the team cost but CCSM will assist with advice on making your travel arrangements.
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