Under the theme “Holy Spirit, Rain Down,” more than 150 attended the third annual Greater New York Conference (GNYC) Prayer Convention, October 25-27, at Camp Berkshire in Wingdale, New York. This year marked an increase in attendance and many experienced an uplifting weekend filled with testimonies, prayer, and seminars.
Guest speakers for the weekend included Pierre Omeler, Atlantic Union Conference executive secretary; Manuel Rosario, GNYC Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director; and James Mangum, pastor of the Old Westbury church in Old Westbury, New York.
“This year, we had more diversity,” says Angela Beras, GNYC Prayer Ministries director. “We had a larger representation of both genders. The unity and integration that was experienced in this convention was truly revolutionary.”
Attendees participated in early-morning prayer sessions, as well as additional sessions facilitated
by Yvonne Knight, Atlantic Union Conference Prayer Ministries director. Prayers were written on a designated prayer wall and/or placed in a prayer request box. The weekend culminated with burning the prayer requests—leaving them only for God to know—and a ceremony where names of loved ones were inserted into balloons that were released after each name
was lifted in prayer.
Many who attended testified and shared evidence of God moving in their lives to bring them to the prayer convention.
“I am glad I was a part of the celebration. I’m already planning for next year!” said Jean Brown, who also provided special music during the weekend. Several commented on how much they enjoyed the weekend and were leaving with joy in their hearts and encouragement to keep pressing on as they continue to ask the Holy Spirit to rain down blessings and guidance into their lives.
Tania Mangum, Prayer Ministries administrative assistant, Greater New York Conference