Greetings!

Sometimes, we get the sense that God only cares for and loves those of us who faithfully attend church and try our best to serve Him on a daily basis. We lose track of the reality that we are all trophies of God’s grace . “ But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,   he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (Titus 3:4-5)

Scripture makes it clear that God loves every human in the world. I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made FOR ALL PEOPLE   for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who WANTS ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED AND TO COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. (I Timothy 2:1-3, emphasis added)

It undoubtedly is God’s heart for the unsaved that prompted 91 year-old Rich DeVos to desire that his friend Luis Palau (who led a crusade here in 1994) return to West Michigan and proclaim the truth of the Gospel ideally to every man, woman and child in West Michigan.

Rich is now the Honorary Chairman of CityFest West Michigan, culminating this September 8 and 9 when Luis and his son Andrew Palau will proclaim the message of salvation at Ah-Nab-Awen Park here in Grand Rapids.

But how can we best prepare for that time?

The answer is simple: we must pray! You might reply, “What difference do my prayers make?” The answer: Much! Scripture and history both confirm that God ALWAYS responds to the desperate, united and expectant prayers of His people.
Samuel Chadwick said this about the importance of prayer: “The only concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”

Jesus set the example for us by Himself spending so much of His life on this planet in prayer to Our Father in heaven. Can we do less?

We are seeking at least 10,000 people who are willing to pray daily for God to move powerfully in West Michigan to awaken His Church and bring thousands into His Kingdom for His glory. Will you join us? Go HERE to sign up today!

Rich blessings in this year of our Lord 2018!

CityFest Prayer Team Co-Chairs,
Randy and Marcia Hekman and Mary Sterenberg
CALENDAR OF EVENTS. All events begin at 7:00 pm.

  • January 4 -- CityWide Prayer Gathering at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • January 16 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • February 1 -- CityWide Prayer Gathering at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church. CLICK for directions.
  • February 20 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • March 1 -- RE:NEW with Luis Palau and Phil Wickham. CLICK for details.
  • March 20 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • April 5 -- CityWide Prayer Gathering at Christ Memorial Church in Holland. CLICK for directions.
  • April 17 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • May 3 -- National Day of Prayer. Details to be announced later.
  • May 15 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for good weather for CityFest on September 8-9
  2. Pray for the pastors gathering at the Pastor’s Prayer Summit on Jan 15/16 – that pastors all around West Michigan would seek God’s move and His presence.
  3. Pray for the upcoming RE:NEW Gathering on March 1st – that many people would be renewed in their passion for Jesus and others.