London Soccer Stadium to Be the Focus for Mass Christian Prayer

Since its conception five years ago, the Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) has reached over 400 million Christians worldwide from 198 countries. This year’s GDOP, to be celebrated 27 May 2007, will have its UK hub in West Ham football stadium in London, England.

“London is a world-class city; it contains people from every nation of the world,” the Bishop of Barking, David Hawkins said. “Many people around the world look at London as an iconic city. I couldn’t imagine a better place to host the 2007 Global Day of Prayer.”

According to Pastor Jonathan Oloyede of Glory House, “We are asking Christians to pray for London, for east London in particular and West Ham football stadium, where the Global Day of Prayer is held this year.” Christians will be focusing on the spiritual, physical and economical growth of east London ahead of the Olympic Games in 2012.

“Churches from almost every borough in London are getting involved in this year’s Global Day of Prayer,” said Peter Kerridge of Premier Christian Media. “Premier is particularly excited as we have a very strong radio audience based across the whole of London and we’re hoping many of them will turn out for this internationally recognized event.”

An official partner of the GDOP, Premier is asking churches to pray regularly as a lead-up to the big day. “As a multi-denominational Christian media group, it’s our aim to reach as many people across London as possible, to share our dream about the 2007 Global Day of Prayer and a positive future for the capital,” Kerridge said. “I am proud to be a Christian living in London. Already, the speed of which people have taken up this vision and challenge is impressive.”

The Global Day of Prayer takes place 27 May 2007. Further details can be found on

Premier Christian Media consists of a radio station, IPTV channel and three magazines. Their studios are based in Victoria, London.

(This article is edited from an ASSIST News Service release.)