Missionaries request daily prayer for Johannesburg

IMB missionaries Kurt and Janna Kay Holiday have served in Johannesburg for 21 years. They are passionate about moving toward local leadership of the missionary task.

Kurt is part of a collaborative of other like-minded organizations that have gotten together to pray for Johannesburg for the past two years. The collaborative has hosted two prayer events. Last year’s prayer event involved more than 500 people from 58 churches.

The collaborative recently set a goal to see 200,000 people saved by 2030—this means 56 to 57 people will need to commit their lives to Christ each day.

Kurt is asking pastors and church members in Johannesburg to pray at 2:47 p.m. each day.

“In Acts 2:47, it says the Lord added to the church daily, those who were being saved, so our heart is to see evangelism as a normal daily activity for the believer,” Holiday said.

The invitation is open to churches in the U.S. to pray for both their city and for Johannesburg.

“Set your watch, or your phone, for 2:47 p.m. and pray that somebody would be saved today,” Holiday said. “We’d be honored, and I think God would bless those prayers. We’d love to partner with anybody that would do that with us.”

Holiday said that even though he has been working as the city leader in Johannesburg since 2009, the Target Cities cohort gave him tools, and the opportunity to dialogue with other IMB leaders about their strategies was a blessing.