Before announcing his run for President, Rick Perry called for a national day prayer, which was held on August 6th in Houston, Texas at an event called The Response. A week later Perry officially entered the presidential race. Now similar events are being planned in the early nominating states of Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida.
Below is a press release sent out by Rick Tyler, a former Gingrich aide who also has strong connections to Perry.
The Response calls the Church in Iowa to pray for the nation Christians to gather in advance of elections
WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of the Iowa Caucuses next month, a gathering of Christians are meeting in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday to pray for the nation. Organizers of an effort they are calling “The Response Iowa” say they will also simulcast the event to venues throughout Iowa.
This year and next, The Response will hold state-wide solemn assemblies to gather people from all ages, denominations and backgrounds in prayer and fasting on behalf of our nation. Future venues include South Carolina, Florida and Arizona.
Cedar Rapids is the second in the series of regional prayer events calling the church to a historic response to what organizers say is a historic crisis. The event seeks to awaken the church to reclaim its biblical role in America.
“We believe that America is in crisis,” said The Response director Luis Cataldo. “We’re excited to see churches from across Iowa and other states gather in prayer to Jesus in response to this call for a righteous revolution in America.”
In August 2011, Governor Rick Perry issued the call to the first Response event in Houston, Texas where over 40,000 Christians gathered in Reliant Stadium for a day of prayer for the nation. During that event over 100,000 unique visitors participated via internet.
While some controversy arose from a sitting governor calling a public prayer event, it was not without historical precedent. Presidents, governors and other officials have called for days of prayer and fasting and days of thanksgiving throughout American history. While the Cedar Rapids event was not called by an elected official, organizers are encouraging elected leaders to issue similar proclamations.
The Cedar Rapids Response event at River of Life Ministries will be a smaller gathering than Houston. The venue can accommodate about 1,000 attendees. But like in Houston, organizers are asking Iowa churches, small groups, and individuals who cannot attend to participate by logging into the simulcast. The two-hour event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Attending the event is free but organizers are asking people to register on their website www.theresponseusa.com/iowa as space is limited.
THE RESPONSE IOWA
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CT)
River of Life Ministries
3801 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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