Early Risers Bringing Spiritual Awakening to Cartegena

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When the sun rises in the coastal city of Cartegena, Colombia, most folks are still sound asleep.

However, hundreds of Colombians are choosing to get out of bed in the pre-dawn hours to walk the streets and pray passionately for their city.

These early risers are bringing a spiritual awakening to Cartagena.

"I got up at 3:30 a.m. The Holy Spirit was stirring me and His presence brought me here, seeking Him," one participant said.

"Being an early riser changes your life, intellectually, physically, and in your workplace. Being an early riser is a blessing, when you covenant with God," another participant said. "In my case, I made a covenant to never miss even one early rising, and here I am, up since 3:30 a.m."

The vision for the early risers came from Esteban Acosta, pastor of The Anointing Church. Acosta wanted to do more to touch the hearts and lives of his city's people..

"What is the outcome of all this? It is causing people to grow spiritually. People who don't have work come with their resumes and they receive employment. It's something amazing, what God is doing among these early risers," Pastor Acosta said..

"I have seen this restore my home and since then I said I would never miss any early rising and here I am," one woman said.

Cartagena's pre-dawn prayer walks began 10 years ago. Walkers come out twice a week and end with a time of worship and celebration.

"The people get up as early as 2 a.m. to come and plead for this city. They pray blessing on the government, even on our whole country. This has produced a great revival. The churches are growing," Pastor Acosta said.

These early risers are convinced that God will heal their city's problems, including one of the highest levels of child prostitution in Latin America. They believe God will use them to change this tragedy.

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