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A New England Convocation at the Moody Center, Sept 20-23 2018

Last year’s Restore and Revive gathering surprised and delighted all those who attended, exceeding our wildest dreams. Seeing the Moody Auditorium filled nearly to capacity with passionate worshippers was absolutely incredible, and that wasn’t even the best part. There was such a sweet spirit of unity and freedom. Many professed faith in Christ for the first time, and there was a major focus on evangelism in the main sessions. On the drive home, people began sharing their faith and people made professions of faith in Jesus Christ in restaurants and even outside of Jonathan Edward’s church in Northampton.

Restore&ReviveConferenceFlyer4_SIDEA-RevisedAs many described it, Restore and Revive was a taste of Heaven on earth. In the 1880’s and 90’s, Moody’s contemporaries described Northfield as “Heaven on Earth”. The fact that that is once again being said again after all these years is nothing short of a miracle and is a sign of what God is doing in New England. We are beginning to see a significant move of God to both Restore and Revive the church of New England before our eyes!

THEMES FOR 2018

This year, 10 Days and Restore and Revive will serve as the kick-off for a regional, 2 year focus on evangelism. We believe that God is inviting us, as His people in New England, to enter into a time of His favor and a season of harvest leading up to 2020 and the 400th anniversary celebration of the Pilgrim’s landing. Themes for this year include:

  • N.E. Evangelism Strategy launch and 40 Days of Love (Sep9-Oct18)
  • Reconciliation of races, nations, ethnicities and recapturing the church’s inheritance from the 2nd great awakening and the abolitionist movement
  • Student Missions and the legacy of the Student Volunteer Movement

The New England Alliance, conveners of Restore and Revive together with our many partners, believe that God’s Holy Spirit is bringing together a set of meetings which will not only honor what God has done in New England and Northfield in the past, but also will help open the way for a new work.

Restore and Revive is set amongst the fall feast days each year. It is the culmination of the 10 Days of Prayer being held from September 9-19 in venues across New England and around the world, including the Northfield Campus. The 10 Days of Prayer (from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur) are a yearly cycle of God calling his Church to repentance, fasting and mourning. Restore and Revive is also purposefully and prophetically connected to the Feast of Tabernacles (feast of the ingathering) as it relates to the great end-time harvest and the Lord’s return. We expect that many will participate in 10 Days in their own city before joining us in Northfield for Restore and Revive. Many also will continue on with Awaken The Dawn (September 27-29).

Guest speakers currently include Randy Clark, Chuck Pierce, Paul Jehle, Clive Calver, Jonathan Thomas, and Grant Berry with many others to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to the personal inspiration and anointing we expect participants to receive, we look forward to working with the Moody Center to see how God will use our special time apart at Northfield to bring forth life and abundance to the church-at-large, and to a waiting world.

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There is a strategic prayer movement catching fire across the USA called America Prays. As part, New England Prays and Connecticut Prays are all implementing a 24/7 canopy of prayer over cities and regions across the country. This is the same strategy pioneered in Whatcom County, Washington called “1 Church 1 Day” coordinated by Jason Hubbard, originating with founder Tim Taylor (Operation Rolling Thunder).

The vision is to see all across New England, the 1 Church 1 Day model (24/7 virtual house of prayer). Each church takes one day (or half day) a month. We call this New England prays, and you can sign up as a church here.

A part of New England Prays is Connecticut Prays. If you are in CT, you can also see the CT calendar and sign up there as well.

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Brian Alarid, the founder of America Prays and is coming to Bridgeport Connecticut August 28 and 29th to speak about the strategy and how to use the 1 Church 1 Day model to help bring a culture of prayer to your church. You can register for this event (either session or both) below (no cost):

www.eventbrite.com/e/connecticut-statewide-pastors-rally-tickets-47583927809

We want to see ceaseless prayer come over the whole earth until Jesus returns!

July 23-28, 2018

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BEFORE WE CAN GO, WE MUST BE SENT

John 15:5 says “He who abides in me and I in him bears much fruit, for without me, you can do nothing.” God has great plans for this generation, there are great exploits to perform, injustices to be righted, but this adventure has to begin in the secret place with God, in the place of communion with Him. Before we go on mission with Him, we must first learn to abide in Christ, to hear His voice. We need the Holy Spirit to teach us and remove entangling sin from our lives. We need Him to tell us who we are, and to send us out on mission.

The Northfield Student Conference is an opportunity for students to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and to discover and grow in their callings.

We want to get away for five days with like-minded believers to be with Jesus together, as His family, in a beautiful place where we can commune with God and with one another. This gathering is sponsored by many different ministries in New England who are working in unity. There will be amazing men and women of God there from the New England region, fathers and mothers who want to come along side you in your journey with the Lord.

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DL Moody and the Student Volunteer Movement

In 1886, 251 young men gathered for the first Northfield Student Conference. At the end of the conference, God had supernaturally broken in. 100 of the students committed themselves to world missions and what became known as the Student Volunteer Missions Movement was born. In a generation, this movement sent 20,000 missionaries overseas. Their watchword, “the evangelization of the world in this generation”, was a cry to fulfill the Great Commission in their lifetimes.

In 1886, a movement was born with a dream that every person on earth would hear the gospel. They died without seeing the promise—this is an invitation to join in and, Lord wiling, be part of completing their story. It’s simple: We need to know Him, sit with Him, learn His ways and His heart. Everything else will flow out of that. Join us this July 23-28 for the Northfield Student Conference.

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Make Disciples

Before He ascended, Jesus left His disciples with this mandate: “Go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples…” Nearly 2,000 years later, that mandate remains unfulfilled, with an estimated 3.1 billion people in 4,500 people groups on earth who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus Christ, we all have a role to play in seeing Jesus’ Commission fulfilled.

We believe it is time to finish what the Volunteers began, to raise up a new movement of college-students who will give up their lives to see the Lamb of God receive the reward of His suffering. Building on the legacy of the past, we see on the horizon a new Student Mission Movement to bring to completion what our forebearers began.

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By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation.

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.

We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer.

And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

Washington, D.C.
March 30, 1863