Christians Mobilized to Pray for Toronto During Dalai Lama's Visit

June 18, 2004

Source: Christian World News

On June 18, 2004 Christian World News reported, "When the news broke that the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leader, was planning to visit Toronto, Mission GTA kicked into gear. Mission GTA is a network of Christian pastors and leaders representing a variety of denominations and cultures. They saw this event as serious cause for concern. 'The prime mission of the Dalai Lama's visit,' recalled Rev. Richard Long of Together Ministries, 'was an 11-day Tibetan Buddhist initiation ritual.' 'This is something,' he added, 'many Christians feared would have a negative impact on the spiritual climate of Toronto, as well as the rest of Canada.' What emerged was an unprecedented 12-day, 24-hour round-the-clock cross-denominational prayer and worship initiative called The House of the King. Alone, or in groups, Christians prayed as they walked the streets, rode the public transit and visited some of Toronto's historic landmarks. As the prayer initiative gathered momentum, national as well as international prayer groups came on board. With the help of modern technology, literally tens of thousands of Christians around the world rallied together to pray for Toronto."