In northern Iraq, the region of Kurdistan, an amazing gathering has taken place!

Five hundred plus believers in Jesus came together, and had a prayer gathering that left everyone of the believers changed forever!

The Christian church in Iraq has been divided just like the country itself, yet in the midst of a countrywide war and collapse, the body of Christ is brought together by the Holy Spirit.

The mountains of Kurdistan attracted pastors and believers from many different congregations. Pastors taught the gathering about humility and deep surrender to Jesus. The common prayer was for the healing of Iraq and the unity of the church.

Many of the followers of Jesus in attendance had experienced torture, kidnapping, beatings and loss of everything they owned in the years of war. Many people needed deep healing and a new perspective on their walk with Jesus.

As I read the report about this prayer gathering, I had to reflect on my years as a prayer organizer here in America. Three to four decades ago, we had little problem getting a crowd out to a prayer meeting.

Spirituality in America has changed. I have struggled to get people together to pray for the persecuted church or some other cause.

Many, no, most churches in America no longer have weekly prayer meetings. Why schedule one when you will be the only one to show up? Most churches today just hold a weekly Bible study, and the numbers are usually a small fraction of the Sunday morning attendance.

In Iraq, years of war and total destruction brought a wide variety of believers together to pray. The fruit of unity, healing, and deeper commitment highlighted this wonderful Holy Spirit gathering. What will it take in America?

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at pastorkimwenzel@gmail.com or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.