Pentecost: Christians Observe Global Day of Prayer

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Hundreds of thousands of Christians around the globe are gathering in their churches and homes to pray to God for their countries Sunday, May 23.

The annual Global Day of Prayer has been held on Pentecost Sunday for the last 10 years. Thousands of people are expected to gather at the Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, which was the site of the first Global Day of Prayer in 2001.

"People just have such an expectation," Founder Graham Power told Charisma Magazine. "I have such an expectation that God is going to do something really dynamic."

"I don't know what God's timing is," he added. "But He has shown that Africa would be a light to the world, as crazy as that sounds...I am very expectant that there's going to be something very dynamic that will develop from here."

This year's prayer focus includes the HIV/AIDS epidemic, crime, government corruption, and the world financial crisis.

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