At the end of 2002, prayer leaders from all over the world were invited to attend an International Prayer Leaders Consultation in Cape Town, South Africa. The event was hosted by the International Prayer Council with a vision of “Globalizing Prayer, Transforming Our World”. Through that gathering, delegates from South-East Asia, many of whom met each other for the first time, saw the need to unite together in prayer in a more cohesive manner. Cambodia took up the faith challenge and hosted the first South-East Asia Prayer Consultation in 2003. Since then, Consultations have been held annually in different locations in the region.
Through each of these meetings, we have felt the burden and needs of the Body of Christ in Southeast Asia as we move forward in fulfilling Christ’s mandate for the Great Commission. Breakthroughs are needed in the areas of governmental restrictions against the spread of the gospel, outreach to unreached people groups, Buddhists and Muslims, poverty, persecution, diseases, terrorism, trafficking of drugs, women and children, and natural disasters. All of these are at the very doorsteps of Southeast Asia.