Yesterday, September 29 2012 saw the fulfilment of the vision for Wembley. This is becasue around 20 years ago, 1991/1992, Jonathan Oloyede, the Convener of Global Day of Prayer London had a vision of Christians gathering togther at Wembley stadium to pray. In that vision he saw a new Wembley stadium although it was the old stadium that existed then. He saw different Church leaders and Christians from all over gathered together but the platform was empty. As everyone was waiting and wondering why the platform was empty, Jonathan in that vision was instructed by the Spirit that when Christians come together in unity it is God that speaks! Those of us at Wembley yesterday experienced this as various streams and network of Churches all across the UK came together in unity to pray!
An estimated 50, 000 (the official count says 32, 649) Christians from all over Britain gathered together to pray, repent and celebrate Jesus at Wembley stadium. The day started with about 1, 500 Church leaders gathering at the leader’s reception. This historic event witnessed different Church leaders prayed and fellowship together. The leaders’ reception was also to inspire Church leaders about fresh mission initiatives developing across the UK one of which is Crossing London 2013. The reception was followed by the National Day of Prayer (NDOP). This event broke down all barriers because it was ecumenical, intergenerational and multicultural in attendance. It was an inspiring gathering as Christians prayed for Church unity in this country, prayed for youth crime to reduce, prayed for children in poverty all over the world and prayed for the UK government. The event also saw the profiling of initiatives such as Crossing London 2013, Hope 2014, Teafund relief projects in poorer parts of the world and the children’s initiative by Samaritans Purse. The event was not about profiling one Church leader as different denominational leaders and Church organisations led prayers. This was being through to the vision of celebrating Jesus!