Under insightful and inspired direction from Pastor Mike Hayes, Covenant Church is breaking in new territory with a dynamic strategy for mission work. Up to this point, the church of Jesus Christ has been incredibly effective in changing the spiritual landscapes of Central America, South America, and Africa; winning these areas for Christ. Pastor Mike and our leadership believe that it's now time to turn our focus to other spheres of influence in order to continue spreading the revelation of God's love around the world. We have prayerfully and purposefully selected three cities each in four different regions (The United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.) These cities were chosen under specific criteria:
- historical significance
- spiritual significance
- artistic influence
- technological or economic influence
- population of at least one million
We believe that cities with great influence on our world are the ones with the greatest need for influence from the Kingdom of God.
So, we have sought out God-inspired direction in deciding how to influence these key areas. This is our approach:
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonized Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation's center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, economics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia. Covenant Church currently has missionaries on the ground in this city, working to overturn its infamous reputation as a global center of human trafficking.
Shanghai is the largest city by population of the People's Republic of China and the largest city proper in the world. It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology and transport. China is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. We believe this city is a gateway to the Continent of Asia, and to the world.
Kochi, formerly Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea. The city of Cochin is the second largest city in the Indian state of Kerala, and is part of an extended metropolitan region. It is the most densely populated city in the state. Cochin ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala. The hugely popular "Bollywood" movies of the Eastern entertainment industry come from India; media that shapes an entire culture in this part of the world.
Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. It was founded in the year 969 A.D., making it 1,042 years old. Nicknamed "The City of a Thousand Minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life. With ministry partners already stationed in this city, Covenant Church has great opportunity to be a blessing to Egypt. Through political and social unrest, we have committed to pray for peace and hope in this city.
Tehran is the capital city and largest urban area of Iran. This city and nation are in the “10/40 Window”, the area of the world with the largest population of non-Christians. Seventy percent (over 55 million) Iranians are under the age of 35. Iran has the highest drug addiction per capita in the world and one of the highest rates for suicide. This younger generation is searching for answers and change. While political and governmental issues have shed an anti-Christian light on Iran, countless Iranian Christians pray for God to restore hope and freedom to their nation. God is working! Contrary to secular media reports, Iranians are receiving Christ in record numbers. In fact, Iran has the fastest growing evangelical population in the world!
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education. Los Angeles has been ranked the third richest city and fifth most powerful and influential city in the world - it is undoubtedly a gateway. Covenant Church has already partnered with dynamic ministries in Los Angeles, and we believe that impacting this city for Christ will change the course of our nation.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, but its tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of "Sin City." This image has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs. Las Vegas is world-famous, for all the wrong reasons. We are praying for a revival in Las Vegas that will turn this city's evil reputation upside down.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District. Washington, D.C. hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many financial and governmental institutions. This city is obviously one of the most powerful in the world, but also one of the most difficult in which to build a church. We purposefully pray for D.C., for God to direct those in power to guide our nation towards the will of Christ.
London, England/Edinburgh, Scotland
London is the capital city of England, and has been a major hub for two Millennia. London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. London has been described as a world cultural capital.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a 30 square mile rural area. Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city is one of the historical major centers of the Enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh, helping to earn it the nickname Athens of the North.
Once the birthplace of revival for the early Christian Church, Europe has now become one of the darkest regions in the world, spiritually. Our vision is to forge a new path in this continent for revival to spread once again.
Istanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city of Turkey. Istanbul is a megacity, as well as the cultural, economic, and financial centre of Turkey. It extends both on the European and on the Asian sides of the Bosphorus Strait, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. Istanbul is a designated alpha world city. Given its influence and its historical significance, we believe that Istanbul is spiritually important as a gateway city.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary, it is the country's principal, political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. Budapest became a single city with the unification of west bank and East Bank of the Danube river, Buda and Pest, respectively. It has been the focal point of several Hungarian revolutions and political movements, and it has been cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. After a handful of prophetic dreams about Budapest, our leadership at Covenant Church feels strongly connected to this gateway city.
We encourage you to choose one of these cities that you feel called to pray for. Maybe you know someone from there. Maybe you've visited. Maybe it's just a feeling. Whatever the case, we invite you to choose a city and commit to cover it in prayer. Research your city and discover new ways to support God's work there. If possible, plan a trip. Go to your city, meet the people, and pray over that region.
For more information on how you can get involved e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.