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Prayer Initiative

Nehemiah Prayer Initiative: Nehemiah 1:4-11 - “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.

On February 19, 2023, nine churches and ministries kicked off Nehemiah Prayer initiative. The purpose of the initiative was to cover the city of Council Bluffs and surrounding area with prayer and to pray for outreaches.  We believe prayer is key in preparing people’s hearts to receive the good news of the gospel.


We separated the city into 9 separate zones or areas. There are four Zones south of Broadway and four Zones north of Broadway, Zone 9 covers areas outside of Interstates 80 (to the south and east and I-29 (to the north and west).  See Zone Map in the pdf below.


The hope is that Churches located within each zone would take responsibility for their area to pray earnestly for every household, business, school, government office, hospital, place of entertainment etc within their zone. We are encouraging churches to both pray and do outreaches in the zone where their church resides.  We are suggesting that pastors raise up a prayer team to pray regularly for their zone and to ask their congregation to lift up their zone consistently before the Lord. Monthly prayer drives are also encouraged, as well as targeted prayer for schools and other areas of influence within zone.


We are specifically praying for all the outreaches this summer.  We believe that as we are tearing down strongholds of the enemy and releasing the Spirit of God into every home, business, school, government office, etc within our assigned zone, that we will see many salvations, healings and deliverances. We know many testimonies will come forth of God’s goodness.  Pastors/churches that are covering their zone with prayer are:


Zone 1: Pastor Joseph Hall - Crossroads

Zone 2: Gail Behrens - First Nazarene

Zone 3: Pastor Don Bates - Highpoint Church

Zone 4: Rich Lewis - Gideons

Zone 5: Pastor Deb Sinkevich - Midwest Worship

Zone 6: Pastor Lonnie Parton - Victory Fellowship

Zone 7: Pastors Randy Fontaine - Christ for the City and KC BeDunnah - Southside Christian Church

Zone 8: Pastors Rick Sweenie and Bruce Kuenning - First Baptist and Chuck DeVetter - Whole Heart Ministry

Zone 9: Pastor Joe Pacheco - Hazel Dell United Methodist Church


Our goal is that every church within each of the nine zones would join us in order that every household (business) within each zone would be bathed with prayer…please contact us if you would like to participate. Below is a list of Christian churches in Council Bluffs and the zone that they are located in.  This is the Word file.

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