What's so special about 10:02? Have you heard the rallying cry to set an alarm for 10:02?
What is this all about anyway?
Let me tell you about what we experienced in France. We saw God double our team in France over eight years! The GEM France team consisted of around 25
missionaries in 2008, when we made a commitment to pray daily at 10:02 AM for the lost and for God to send more workers. God graciously answered those
fervent and frequent prayers and now there are over 50 missionaries serving with GEM in France.
It all started at the Camp of the Peaks during our Annual Field Retreat in 2008. The Annual Retreat is a time for the missionaries to get away, have fellowship,
be inspired by great teaching, and enjoy God's creation in the French Alps. The guest speaker that year made a positive and lasting impression when
he told us about the 10:2B virus. A prayer commitment we eagerly want to be contagious and pass on to others based on Luke 10:2b - "The harvest is
plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
Afterwards, the team made a commitment to pray daily for the lost and for more workers. Day after day, month after month, and year after year the team
turned to the Lord at 10:02 AM. We would pause (as appropriate) to pray for the lost and for more workers. We know that God answers prayers and so
in obedience to Jesus' command we prayed. We were excited to see what God would do. Slowly we saw God answering our prayers: Interest in France as
a mission field was rising, we had more inquiries about coming to join our team, and more workers began arriving in France. By 2016, we realized that
God had doubled our GEM France team. Amazing!
During this same time period we also saw the number of Christ followers growing in France. When my wife, Amy, and I first went to the field in 1998 there
were only about 0.6% evangelical Christians in France; along the way by 2008 it rose to 0.8%; and then in the past few years it has gone beyond 1%.
It has been so encouraging to see more people open to spiritual things and to the Gospel, more people coming to Christ, more churches being planted,
and more young people sharing their faith with friends and being called into full-time ministry. Only God! This too, we know is in answer to the prayers
of God's people. Over the past years, there has been a movement of prayer, "Pray for France", (https://prayforfrance.org/ ) happening each spring with
people from around the world committed to pray for the advance of the Gospel specifically in the country of France. God is answering prayer!
One of the unexpected benefits was seeing God use this 10:02 initiative to further strengthen the culture of and commitment to prayer on the team. God truly does "far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).
As a result of how the Lord worked in France because of persistent and intentional prayer, GEM and its leadership are now believing that we are to initiate a prayer movement and trust the Lord to do the same across all of Europe! And because of the deep spiritual need we see we believe He is specifically calling us to double our mission force. Please join us and invite a friend to pray with you daily at 10:02 AM for the lost in Europe and for God to double the number of workers throughout Europe!
You can sign up here: http://www.gemission.org/pray