Commitment to Prayer Builds Momentum in Finland

Several 2005 prayer events spark spiritual interest on college campuses.

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Shortly after Hannu Hatanpää got involved in Logos Ministries, Campus Crusade for Christ in Finland, God gave him a desire to see prayer cells and a network of intercessors spring up around the University of Turku.

"We will pray until everybody knows somebody who is truly a Christian," says Hannu, who studied management and leadership. "I'm really convinced that if something big is going to happen, like many people getting a personal relationship with God, the Holy Spirit will have to come. We need a spiritual breakthrough."

So Hannu and others organized a week of prayer and fasting in February 2005, a week of 24-7 prayer in May 2005 and 5 weeks of non-stop prayer that Fall.

As the prayer movement snowballs, the Holy Spirit is indeed showing up, and students are getting excited about Jesus. For example, when Anssi, a student in Turku, explained the gospel at a meeting, 14 of 20 people present indicated decisions to receive Christ as their Savior.

The next step will be a nationwide prayer and fasting conference in Fall 2008. Hannu, now a staff member, hopes God will bring a representative from every town and village in the country, in order to pray for the nation.