Congress delegates heard, via video presentation, numerous testimonies of how God used prayer rooms around the territory to ignite a spiritual flame in the hearts of adults and children. Here are just a few of those testimonies.
'The prayer room was just part of the whole week,' said Carol Jaudes of the Territorial Arts Ministry (TAM) conservatory prayer room. The TAM director continued, 'because we had set our theme as prayer, we were able to connect it to everything we did.... And I believe that had great benefit.
'I know having 24-hour prayer impacted every moment and every person there.... I know prayer will be an important component from now on.'
Major Christine Rock said, 'The kids were so eager to grasp [the prayer room concept]. And when I saw them in there crying with each other and going through these really intense spiritual breakthroughs, I thought, "I'm done worrying, I'm not going to worry about them anymore." '
'This is certainly something that we wouldn't have done on our own,' said Captain Philip A. Lloyd, youth & candidates secretary for the SWONEKY Division. 'But we realized the incredible blessing it was, that God would give us something that we had no idea that we needed or wanted. People looked forward to this time in the prayer room [at Camp SWONEKY]. I certainly did.
'Being able to see the history of who had been in the room before you, whether it be the prayer journals, messages nailed to the cross, or postings of favorite scripture verses, you sit in there and realize that you are part of a greater community, a greater body, and you are able to draw from that history and leave some history yourself as you come and go.'
'As soon as people walked into the prayer room, they could sense God's presence in an overwhelming way,' recalled Mary Parks of the Philadelphia (Pioneer) Corps.
Anthony Latorre agreed: 'When I first walked in, I felt comfort and warmth and I knew that [the prayer room] was a place of God.'
'This prayer room won't be going anywhere for a long time,' said Parks. 'We know that there are even better things to come. The impact it can have on the people and the corps can be amazing.'
Major Susan Wittenberg, corps officer, said, 'Someone yelled from a window from across the street 'Thanks for praying on us!' "