Ongoing prayer and worship altars sustain the transformation

We see the Kingdom come every day only because we pray – individually and corporately. Therefore, we have a House of Prayer in Gulu, Uganda that functions as the headquarters for all ministry operations, and likewise our House of Prayer in Juba, South Sudan. 

The House of Prayer ministry team fulfills a wide range of community and staff functions. The activities of our Houses of Prayer (HOP) enable Christian influence to permeate all other aspects of these societies in order to pave the way for restoration and sustainable transformation by grounding entire communities in the truth and values of Christ.

To gain a glimpse of the routine of the HOP teams, this is what a given day may look like. The teams begin in city streets with door-to-door evangelism and spread throughout the region with the good news of the Gospel. Often, prisons are added into the schedule because of how key the prison programs have become. Testimony after testimony prove the fruit of ministering to prisoners. The prisoners are reached through regular Bible studies and the provision of basic necessities. For our hospital outreach, teams share the Gospel, pray for the sick, and give gifts to patients without means to afford food or sanitation. In government halls, our staff host dinners that serve elected officials through prayer, Bible distribution and training. Local military forces are engaged with the Gospel message through targeted outreach. Their plates are continually filled with various types of ministry, which demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has led us to implement empowering prayer throughout all facets of the ministry. In addition to all this, our HOP teams annually conduct evangelistic crusades strategically targeting communities and regions with little to no Christian influence. This is just a glimpse of what our prayer teams accomplish in their normal structure and routine.

Here is a list of other impactful responsibilities the HOP teams hold:

  • Lead noon hour prayer for the whole city every weekday 
  • Provide a neutral, stationary ground for guest speakers 
  • Provide a 24/7 prayer covering for new believers
  • Serve Favor staff with worship and morning devotions every weekday 
  • Launches local and rural outreaches 
  • Coordinates community unity initiatives. 
  • Launches large-scale prayer mobilization events

“I didn’t come here to sow a seed; I came here to sow my life.”

— Carole Ward

The Power of Prayer

Through these activities and more, hundreds of believers from communities near and far come to hear from God. The Word of God is preached by many voices that sound like their own. National leadership is crucial in order to connect and lead the community to apply the Word together. God frequently brings miracles and answers prayers very specifically. Many people discover Jesus’ love for the first time in these houses of prayer in Gulu and Juba, and more from the outreaches that are operated from them. 

An encouraging story from the early days of Favor that exhibits this core idea of prayer is the radical Prayer Gathering at War Memorial Stadium. The ministry was growing exponentially and impacting more and more of the culture of Gulu and other rural areas of Uganda, but the team knew there seemed to still be this wall of darkness. Despite the crowded prayer houses and revivals, there was a sense among leadership that it was still not enough to push back the enemy of the land. As our founder prayed for guidance, she felt the Holy Spirit remind her of this old, abandoned stadium. It had been used as a war memorial stadium, which was literally a graveyard for British and Acholi soldiers during colonial wars. It’s no bigger than a football field and surrounded by a stone wall. As she prayed, the Lord continued to prompt her to arrange a prayer gathering that could unite the whole city and nation. This would have been the first time the grounds would be used by the government for prayer. And, at first, when Favor asked permission to use the stadium, they were denied, but the team didn’t relent. Through prayer the ministry was able receive permission to hold the meeting there.  

Carole said, “I knew a revival of prayer was needed! Not only of prayer, but united repentant prayer coupled with the authority of God’s Word … This is what we began praying and fasting for across Gulu.” And so, they planned for a three-day prayer meeting set for the December of 2005 in this war memorial stadium. Radio stations were contacted to spread the news of the gathering across the broadcast frequencies. Word spread like wildfire. Well-known prayer leaders and political leaders agreed to join the effort. The day finally approached and over 1,000 people gathered inside this humble stadium to join in intense, radical, united prayer. It was a turning point for war-torn Uganda! 

As a result, many significant stories of radical transformation followed. It seemed to be a water shed moment for Northern Uganda. Pastors reported that they sensed heaven opening in a new way. Government officials called and testified of a strong sense that the spiritual climate over the area had changed. Some even openly admitted that this prayer gathering paved the way to the end of the war. Miracles were occurring in local churches. It even led to inaugurating the month of January as the month of prayer. 

As evident, prayer will never be replaced by any highly structured organization or lucrative financial plan. Heavenly power will always be funneled through humble, submitted prayer.

Current House of Prayer Initiatives

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Building a New House of Prayer in Gulu, Uganda

We are moving from a rented facility to one owned by the ministry, which will reduce operational expenses and increase the quality of the building for House of Prayer needs. The rented site we have used for 13 years since God ended the war is scheduled to be repurposed by the landlord.

Our dream is to build a 4-story structure, with provision of rooms for multiple printing services, a bridal shop, a stationary shop, and parking facilities.

Renovating the House of Prayer in Juba, South Sudan

The House of Prayer in Juba was bursting at the seams since it opened in 2018. We are renovating the property, which Favor owns, to increase seating capacity. Temporarily, we are holding services out in the street to accommodate the community’s interest in praying.

Establishing a New House of Prayer in Yei, South Sudan

Because of Favor’s reputation, a government agency donated four compounds to the ministry to expand the reach of our ministries to the whole nation. While we now own the titles to the buildings and assets, the land titles are stuck in South Sudanese law. To expedite the process, and because the compounds are more than we need, Favor is splitting the ownership with other like-minded ministries so that we all together can obtain ownership of the land and begin investing in the local communities.

House of Prayer, Gulu, Uganda

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A Word from Favor

“You want God to do the impossible? Put your feet into the impossibility, and watch God divide the water… You watch God do the supernatural, but go step on it. Go step on it.”

— Carole Ward

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You can support a House of Prayer missionary leader for only $400 monthly, or a group of four friends can support a whole worker’s wages for only $100 monthly each! These funds provide the provision for national leaders to serve full-time in the House of Prayer and evening and weekend outreaches. It takes many workers to corporately lead 200+ people in daily prayer, plus the teams that travel for outreaches and prayer mobilization events. The result will be miracles that bring many to faith in Jesus, new believers discipled, and all of Favor’s ministries (and partners) supplied by the power and favor of God.

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