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Our ministry began back in 2004 here in Indiana. It began with a campaign of tracing back and forth across all of Indiana's 92 counties where two things were accomplished. A relationship was formed with a man who would later become our Governor and a team of prayer leaders were established in every county of our state.

Months later a new Governor was elected to our state and I received a call from one of his staff simply asking if I was the guy or if I knew someone who could offer an ongoing prayer covering for the Governor. I explained that this was something that we had already begun for him just as we had done for the previous office holder.

Weeks later we had a revelation. While all the Governors and staff of our nation were attending the National Governor's Conference a staffer from Indiana shared with several other Governors’ staffers that a prayer team had been established for them here. They told of the blessings that the prayer team’s intercession had brought to them and to their state. The surprise came later that same day when our office phone began to ring with requests for similar teams in other states. Admittedly I found myself feeling reluctant about being in the midst of what would later be realized as a nationwide ministry being born that day. I was simply trying to do the right thing for my state and its leaders and I did have a national ministry mind at all.

Over the years we have hovered around 22-25 states never feeling rushed to grow or to possibly outgrow our infrastructure. That all changed for us earlier this year when we received the leading from several intercessory groups to pursue leadership in all 50 states. In just the past few weeks we have moved up to 31 states. We need your help to fill the rest. Below is a list of the needed states and what follows is the position description and closing thoughts.

States Needed - Please pray & help us as God leads.

Arkansas (replacement) Little Rock
Connecticut - Hartford
Delaware - Dover
Florida (replacement) Tallahassee
Idaho - Boise
Iowa - Des Moines
Louisiana - Baton Rouge
Maine - Augusta
Mississippi - Jackson
Nebraska - Lincoln
New Hampshire - Concord
New Jersey - Trenton
New York - Albany
North Dakota - Bismarck
Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
Rhode Island - (replacement) Providence
South Dakota - Pierre
Utah – Salt Lake City
Vermont - Montpelier
Wyoming - Cheyenne

State Prayer Leader - Governors’ Prayer Team:

State Prayer Leaders hold weekly one hour statewide prayer conference calls and also participate in a one hour national prayer call weekly. Our National calls are typically attended by veteran intercessors and prayer leaders from the prayer ministries that we come in contact with throughout the nation. Calls range from 8 to 40 participants. The State Prayer Leader is encouraged to invite guest Prayer Leaders from the various prayer ministries across their state to participate in their statewide prayer calls (Every joint has something to supply). Each guest Prayer Leader is encouraged to invite those from their networks to participate in the call as well. This offers the cross pollination of prayer focuses and resources.

State Prayer Leaders are also encouraged to raise up county Prayer leaders ultimately for each county seat (or
Borough & Parish) in their state (yes we understand this could take sometime and might not be completed during your term and that's OK. We have been slowly building up to 29 states since 2004). County Prayer Leaders are encouraged to raise up City and Town Prayer leaders and so on. Each holds conference calls or small groups of prayer lifting up all those in authority.

We are also very supportive of special projects and programs developed by our state leaders. That would include things like prayer gatherings or prayer walks in or around state capitals or county courthouses. Another example is sponsored bible studies led by State Prayer Leaders, recruited pastors or laypeople taking place in business or government offices. We have also been involved in the reestablishment of chapels and places of worship in our state capitals and county court house buildings.

This is about an 8 - 10 hour a week commitment for those not already involved in prayer mobilization or leading others to pray. Two of those hours are spent on prayer calls and the rest is time used networking with the body, preparing for a special outreach or prayer focus like the ones I mentioned above.

Closing Thoughts:

This is more than just a simple appeal for volunteer leadership. When those who God has placed the mantle on their heart to begin to lead in intercession in their state and they lift their hand and say "yes Father pick me. I am the one". No matter if it's two or three gathered under this mantle or thousands these prayers are set to "availeth much". That's when we begin to realize the collective strength in the blessings of the intercessors who being guided by the Holy Spirit deliver their supplications to our heavenly Father via Christ the one mediator between God and man.

This is when the blessing of 1 Tim 2 becomes reality in the neighborhoods and towns across America and is
collaterally realized across the globe.

Our Charter Verse:

1 Timothy 2:1-7, NIV

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men— the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

I am grateful you took the time to visit my blog today and look forward to praying with you soon.

May God bless you and all those you love,
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Blessings of Prayer in WV

I wanted to begin to share with you all some of the stories being shared with me by our State Prayer Leaders here at the National Governors' Prayer Team. This is one from Pastor Ron Thaxton. I will let the story speak for itself through it's writer.

"Amazing!" This was Gov. Joe Manchin’s response to the reading of Proverbs 16:9-13 from the New Living Translation. As I read this passage I inserted the word governor in place of king. In part: "The (governor) speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly."

My mobile phone had buzzed with the urgency of a text message last Wednesday as I participated in the monthly board meeting of Believe in West Virginia. As I glanced down I saw that it was from Nancy. The Governor’s Office had called to request prayer on Friday at 9AM in the reception area of his office - in 48

At Governor Manchin’s request we had been bringing prayer to him on a monthly basis, but my last offers to come had met with silence. I had assumed that this time had come to an end - apparently not.

With the network of prayer relationships in our state it is not difficult to galvanize a team of intercession at a moment’s notice. The reception area was set up for the announcement that was to come later that afternoon as to who was to temporarily fill the vacancy left by the departure of our long-standing Senator Robert C. Byrd. We gathered in the area closest to his office which would be at the back of the room. As Gov. Manchin came out he led us to the front of the room and asked us to form a circle surrounding the podium from which he was to make his announcement. He told us that the podium had been hand-made for him by two residents of the Davis Juvenile Correction Center.

It was at this point that I read the passage of scripture to him. He asked for prayer for the decisions that were being made even right then in the Legislature. Turning to the lady on his right he said, "You begin praying!" And we went around the circle sharing in intercession and prophetic insights. Some of the members of the team have shared what they heard and saw - expressing a desire that these be made known for agreement. Here are their partial observations.

I believe...a ‘fullness of time juncture’ for West Virginia. We believe this is ‘new territory and new frontier’ for West Virginia. Byrd left a mantle for another to now pick up. It stated over and over in the newspapers – he stated it himself – that he laid the foundations and now we were to build on those foundations. The one that picks up this mantle or that the Lord allows to pick up this mantle will be like it was with Elijah and Elisha; he will not only step into what Byrd was doing but will now need to take WV farther or move/advance her farther to reach her destiny. God is continually moving and we must move with Him. So I believe the Lord will position WV to ‘build’ – we are ‘living stones’ that are supposed to ‘rise’ to move forward His plans and purposes for WV.

...prayed about the tipping moment in history. How Esther was put here for such a time as this. And she was so committed to the cause, to not backing down from what she felt was right, that she said if I perish, I perish. Open heaven right now.

"...the blood, the blood of Jesus over the Governor and his family..."

"...prayers crying out from under the ground. Reminded him of his time at TD Jakes service last year and the destiny that was spoken over the state. Time of birthing. This is it!"

"We are here for such a time as this."

What stood out to me most was Governor Manchin's heart. He spoke about how bad things were in Washington and he didn't understand how people could do things to intentionally hurt others. He said that although everyone may not agree with his decision as governor, but he can go to sleep at night because he strives to 1) PROTECT 2) PROMOTE and 3) HELP the people that he serves.

And then Governor Manchin closed, "Since I was a child, I have sought you. I want to be in Your will, serve where you want me to serve."


"May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5-6 ESV

Pastor/Mzee Ron Thaxton
The Church In The City/SmileUganda!
Mission America Regional Associate
5002 Big Tyler Road
PO Box 7551
Charleston, WV 25356-0551
Phone: (304) 776-5907
Fax: (304) 776-0751
Cell: (304) 542-8824
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