A time for confronting

Witnessing the daily White House drama is exceptionally disturbing. It should be to all Americans. This “people’s home” is a symbol for hope and freedom and a beacon of much earned respect to the watching world.

To say the conduct we have been witnessing recently is unacceptable and not representative of the “spirit” of America is a gross understatement. The current occupants are found wanting with their leaks, double talk, defense of the indefensible, vulgarity, and their lack of overall respect for each other and, most importantly, their embrace of the people’s sacred trust.

Freshly appointed Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci recently stated that a fish stinks from the head down. I agree. This is why President Trump must take quick and decisive action to preserve the legacy of our great republic. The issues of health care, border security, infrastructure, and the economy are no longer the most pressing issues. It is now honor, integrity, trust, and the restoration of decency.

Yes, the world is watching. And, more importantly, our children are watching.

Mr. President, it is time to look in the mirror, accept responsibility, apologize to the American people, and declare an end to this behavior immediately. While what I’m urging may not be the “Trump” brand, it is the brand of a leader. We need a leader. You must lead!

I suggest you lead by first washing out Mr. Scaramucci’s mouth with a bar of soap. After a thorough rinsing, strip his credentials and escort him personally off the White House grounds

You frequently reverberate your campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again!” I’d suggest we keep America great by applying the lessons of my dad’s generation, the World War II generation, the greatest generation.

His generation didn’t become great by bombastic and slanderous vulgarity towards their enemies and, for sure, not their family, friends, and fellow patriots. They became great due to their sacrificial leadership by putting the cause of their mission above themselves while standing in the gap for others … with humility, honor, integrity, respect, and genuine love. This is their legacy.

So, Mr. President, if you desire to be a great leader by keeping America great, I encourage you to model these attributes.

And, to my fellow faith leaders: I urge you to fulfill your calling to be the prophetic voice to the king – in this case, President Trump. Your silence is an assent of approval.

The prophet Nathan confronted King David by saying, “You are the man, and you do wrong.”

Nathan fulfilled his calling, and David repented.

There’s no guarantee President Trump will repent and change his ways. This said, it is still our duty to privately and publicly confront, so our testimony is not compromised to a culture that hungers for true hope.

We must also be fervently praying President Trump embraces the high calling of leadership. America desperately needs it!

For the family,

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Quick response: Trump tweets military transgender ban

On July 26, President Trump announced via Twitter that “the United States Government will not accept or allow … Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

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President Trump states his case in terms of military effectiveness. To that end, we must recognize that redefining gender cannot be our military’s top priority. If embracing transgenderism in the ranks compromises the safety of the American people, then, as politically incorrect as it may be, President Trump made the right call.

But our response to this issue cannot end there. As Christians facing one of the most publicized issues of our time, it is important that we learn what God’s Word actually says about transgenderism and what a Christian’s response should be to people facing the very real struggle of gender dysphoria. For more on those topics, please see the links below:

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  • For resources on transgenderism from Focus on the Family, click here.
  • For more on what the Bible says about transgenderism, click here to read a column from Robert Gagnon, New Testament professor and author of “The Bible and Homosexual Practice.”
  • For more on a Christian response to transgenderism, click here for a column titled, “What Christianity Alone Offers Transgender Persons.”



FLS17: Are YOU in these pictures?

If you were at the 2017 Family Leadership Summit, you were encouraged and inspired to be among friends with a love for God and a heart for America.

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Two new speakers added to 2017 Family Leadership Summit

The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation announces two additional speakers have been confirmed for the 6th annual Family Leadership Summit at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines on Saturday, July 15.

Rafael Cruz, father to U.S. Senator and Iowa 2016 Caucus winner Ted Cruz, will be joining the Summit lineup again in 2017. Pastor Cruz returns to the Family Leadership Summit, where he was a very well-received speaker in 2013. Cruz will be representing Conservative Action Network.

Dr. Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, will also be joining the Summit. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”

Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview.

Myers holds a doctor of philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through CollegePlus and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

Cruz and Myers join a list of nationally prominent leaders already confirmed to speak at the Summit, including: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, author and pollster George Barna, the Benham Brothers, U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, Steve Scheibner, Pastor Jim Garlow, Bob Vander Plaats, and more.

“The 6th annual Family Leadership Summit is growing into the ‘can’t miss’ event of the summer,” says Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation. “It’s a rare opportunity when we in the Midwest get to hear from such an impressive lineup of speakers, and the Summit’s themes couldn’t be more timely or needed today.”

The theme of the 2017 Family Leadership Summit is “Principle over Politics,” challenging Christians to engage in government while “thinking bigger” than individual politicians and elections. The theme also challenges attendees to “think bigger” than partisan divisions toward standing instead for a Christ-centered cultural transformation that impacts not just government, but churches, families, and individual lives.

Learn more, then reserve your tickets to The Family Leadership Summit by clicking here now!




Des Moines violence meets more powerful force

Iowa’s capital city is reeling from a wave of violence over the past year, including the killing of police officers and a historic spike in homicides.

Which is why some of the state’s leading prayer and transformation advocates, including If 7:14 and Regenerate7, are uniting believers at this year’s DM 1 Cry event to confront the violence with the power of prayer.

Attend DM 1 Cry on Sunday, June 25, and be a part of the change we need!

“As a community, our conversations have been addressing the wave of violence in our city,” said Regenerate7 founder Al Perez. “However, we know that we need to take our conversations to prayer with the Lord as the city Church if we want to see our city transformed. This is the challenge we are facing, like Goliath in the face of David.”

DM 1 Cry unites believers across racial, political, and denominational lines to come together to pray for the city.

What: DM 1 Cry, crying out to the Lord together in prayer for Des Moines
When: Sunday, June 25, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Reconciler’s Worship Center, 920 31st Street, Des Moines
How: It’s free! Additional parking is available at Callahan School, 3010 Center Street, and a shuttle will be provided to the event, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

“How we steward these moments when we put a DM 1 Cry together is critical,” Perez said. “Wouldn’t we glorify God together if the media showed up to report a prayer meeting rather than another crime scene? Right now city leadership is scrambling for answers. Do you believe we have them? We are meeting for a massive prayer rally. … Please make it a priority.”

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He narrowly escaped 9/11 … to come to Iowa

On Sept. 10, 2001, First Officer Steve Scheibner packed his suitcase and waited for the phone call finalizing his assignment to fly American Airlines Flight 11 the next day from Boston to Los Angeles.

The call never came. Scheibner had been “bumped” from the assignment.

The next day, American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked … and became the first plane to fly into the World Trade Center.

Now the The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation is excited to introduce Steve Scheibner will be sharing his testimony at this year’s Family Leadership Summit on July 15, as he explains what it feels like to have someone die in your place.

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You can see a highlight of his story here:

Steve is a retired Navy pilot. After leaving active duty in 1991, he was hired by American Airlines and currently flies the Boeing 757 and 767 out of Boston’s Logan Airport.

In July of 2000, Steve, Megan, and the family moved to Georgetown, Maine, where Steve founded Cornerstone Baptist Church. The church has grown over the years, and current attendance tops 225 per Sunday service. Steve remained active in the Navy Reserve. In 2001, Steve was asked to design and teach a course in Navy Core Values. The course has found broad acceptance, and Steve is a highly sought after trainer and motivational speaker. More than 10,000 service members have attended his Core Values seminars, since its inception in early 2002.

Steve and Megan are instrumental in the lives of young parents. They have developed a parenting course entitled “Parenting Matters: The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent.” They travel extensively, teaching weekend parenting seminars. Steve recently adapted and taught his Navy Core Values training to the entire student body and faculty of Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. He is also the author of several books and studies.

In 2011 Steve retired as a commander from the U.S. Navy. He is currently a first officer for American Airlines. He recently retired as senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Topsham, Maine to become president of Characterhealth Corporation, a non-profit conference ministry aimed at equipping parents to train the next generation of character-healthy leaders.

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STATEMENT: Last-ditch effort to make Iowans fund abortion providers

According to a Des Moines Register report, the governor-appointed Council on Human Resources held a vote to reject a new state-financed family planning program created by SF2, a law designed to stop taxpayer dollars from funding abortion providers.**

According to the report, even the council was unsure if its vote holds the authority to block SF2 – a law supported by over 30 Iowa pro-life organizations – from taking effect.

The FAMiLY LEADER’s president and CEO Bob Vander Plaats insists no unelected committee has the authority to reject SF2:

“We have elected legislators and an elected governor who have passed this legislation. An appointed executive committee doesn’t get to overturn it,” said Vander Plaats. “The only executive branch body with veto power is the governor. And the governor has signed this legislation. We expect the law will be carried out as written, and Iowan taxpayers will be protected from being forced against their conscience to fund abortion providers.”

**UPDATE** After receiving a call from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, the Council on Human Resources unanimously reversed its vote, reportedly convinced it did not have the authority to block implementation of SF2




Bob and Darla go back home to lead prayer for life

Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the The FAMiLY LEADER, will be returning to his native town of Sheldon, Iowa, on Sunday, June 18, to speak on the sanctity of human life.

“It’s an honor to be asked to return home to speak,” said Vander Plaats, “but it’s a duty – for all of us – to speak up for those who have no voice. Because that little girl in her mother’s womb? She’s a baby.

“And in light of the millions of babies who have died in this nation through abortion, it’s only right that we turn to God in prayer,” he continued. “We absolutely need to humble ourselves, repent, and pray, seeking His mercy – not only on the mothers and babies harmed through abortion, but also on our nation.”

Darla Vander Plaats, director of The FAMiLY LEADER’s If 7:14 prayer ministry, will join Bob in Sheldon and lead a prayer for children and people with special needs. Bob and Darla’s son, Lucas, is uniquely gifted with special needs and just celebrated his 24th birthday.

The Immanuel Christian Reformed Church’s prayer team is organizing the “Prayer for the Sanctity of Life” event, free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 601 Union Street in Sheldon (for additional information, please contact Lorna Kraayenbrink, 712-635-7754, or lmmanuel Christian Reformed Church, 712-324.4523).

Bob and Darla were born and raised in Sheldon, Iowa, and both graduated from Western Christian High School and Northwestern College. Bob continued his education earning a masters and specialists degree in educational leadership from Drake University. Currently, Bob and his wife, Darla, live in the Des Moines metro suburb of Grimes, Iowa.

The FAMiLY LEADER, in cooperation with over 30 other pro-life organizations in Iowa as part of the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, has been instrumental in touching hearts and minds through the powerful “She’s a Baby” campaign. “She’s a Baby” has become the rallying cry for Iowans who share the conviction that every preborn child is not just an “it,” but a baby worthy of protection. The “She’s a Baby” video has already been seen by over 214,000 people.

Visit ShesABaby.com and click “I agree, she’s a baby” today!




Sen. Chuck Grassley joins Family Leadership Summit

The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation announces U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley will be joining the already great lineup of speakers – including George Barna, Kellyanne Conway, The Benham Brothers, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, Pastor Jim Garlow, and more – for The Family Leadership Summit 2017!

The Family Leadership Summit will be held Saturday, July 15, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly known as “Vets”) in Des Moines.

Reserve your tickets to the Summit by clicking here now!

“We’re excited to welcome Sen. Grassley,” says Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation. “The senator brings a wealth and diversity of experience to our discussion of what it means to stand on principles in a culture increasingly divided by politics.”

The theme of the 2017 Family Leadership Summit is “Principle over Politics,” challenging Christians to engage in government while “thinking bigger” than just politicians and elections, to a Christ-centered cultural transformation that impacts not just government, but churches, families, and individual lives.

“This year’s Summit includes leaders from government, entertainment, and church circles, each of whom has faced firsthand the clash between principles and politics,” Vander Plaats continued. “Attendees are sure to be challenged and inspired to embrace a greater vision for America, toward a revived nation that honors God and blesses people.”

For more information about The Family Leadership Summit, visit Thefamilyleadershipsummit.com.

For more on Chuck Grassley, see his official bio below:

Senator Grassley has earned a reputation in Iowa for keeping in touch with the people he represents and in Washington for standing up for common sense and holding government accountable.

Chuck Grassley does his job with a work ethic that can be traced to the Butler County farm where he grew up and still lives today, and to his days as a young father of five who worked three jobs.

Today, Senator Grassley holds the record for the longest record of not missing a vote of any senator in office, showing respect for the public trust he holds. Senator Grassley also has conducted at least one meeting in each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year that he’s served in the United States Senate, to encourage participation in the process of representative government. Grassley stays connected by responding to every phone call, letter and email from Iowans, and by communicating with Iowans extensively online via Facebook, Twitter and his own website, as well.

In Washington, Senator Grassley has been a leader in shaping legislation to improve the quality of life for Americans and to expand the economic opportunities for individuals, families and communities.

Grassley serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he works for a competitive marketplace with antitrust enforcement and tort reform, to reward innovation and invention with an updated patent system, and for legal immigration that will help America’s economy grow. Grassley has led a campaign to open up the federal judiciary by allowing cameras in courtrooms, and he is unmatched in his legislative and oversight work to protect whistleblowers, both in and out of government, who speak up about wrongdoing for the public good. Grassley is an advocate for victims of crime and a leader in the fight to keep illegal drugs out of the hands of young people. He leads efforts to safeguard America’s freedom with effective anti-terrorism and domestic security policies.

Previously, as Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Senator Grassley led through Congress $2 trillion in tax cuts, leaving more money in workers’ pockets, making the tax code more progressive, and spurring economic growth and activity. Grassley is an outspoken advocate for free trade agreements that expand opportunities for job-creating U.S. exports in manufacturing and agriculture. He’s a leader in the development of wind, solar, biodiesel, biomass and ethanol as domestic, renewable energy sources to help fuel America’s future. Senator Grassley authored the Senate bill that created the Medicare prescription drug benefit, bringing the program up-to-date with the practice of medicine and better enabling treatment outside of expensive hospital stays. He’s a leading advocate to improve the foster care system and help more kids find permanent, loving homes through adoption.

Grassley also serves as a senior member of the Senate Committee on the Budget, where he applies his personal frugality to the public purse, and on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he brings real-life experience as a family farmer to farm policy.

Along with legislation, Senator Grassley commits tremendous time and energy to congressional oversight. He works to shed light on the federal bureaucracy. He champions transparency when it comes to the people’s business. Whistleblower laws authored by Senator Grassley are the federal government’s no. 1 anti-fraud tool. Thanks to Grassley’s ongoing legislative victories to protect whistleblowers, taxpayers have gotten back more than $28 billion that would otherwise have been lost to fraud. Grassley’s congressional oversight holds accountable those who do business on the taxpayers’ tab.

He’s leading efforts to make sure the Securities and Exchange Commission protects investors and America’s financial system. He weeds out fraudulent schemes that bilk billions of dollars from the Medicare program and rides herd on Medicare and Medicaid officials to ensure quality care in nursing homes and program accountability for both taxpayers and beneficiaries. He exposes federal farm payments made to deceased farmers and exorbitant payment mismanagement and oversight at the Pentagon.

Grassley also led efforts to oversee the unprecedented taxpayer-backed bailouts. It was Chuck Grassley who figured out that the now infamous claim by the Treasury Department and GM that a multi-billion dollar taxpayer loan that had been paid back in full and ahead of schedule was nothing more than a shell game being played with taxpayer dollars. Grassley’s pursuit of accountability has crisscrossed virtually every federal agency. When a federal law enforcement agent on the Southwest border was killed on the job, Chuck Grassley demanded information and accountability from the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives about its high-risk program, which allowed guns into the hands of the illegal aliens shooting at our agents. Grassley has called attention to the FDA’s approval of potentially unsafe foreign-made medical devices and refereed turf wars between federal agencies that compromise U.S. border security. He’s examined abusive practices by tax-advantaged non-profits and shut down offshore tax shelters exploited by corporate elites.

Chuck Grassley’s time-tested blend of pragmatism and integrity gives him a license simply to tell it like it is. He brings a refreshing, no-nonsense style that displaces Washington nonsense with Midwestern substance. Chuck Grassley served in the Iowa legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives before winning election to the Senate for the first time in 1980. Grassley’s creed of ethics and accountability gives Iowans strong and effective leadership.




Why would Christians support a ‘Jewish’ state?

Commentary by Denise Bubeck

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is showing bold leadership by backing an Israeli bill establishing Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people in [their] historic homeland.”

While it’s no surprise some say that’s wrong (such as a Des Moines Register Letter to the Editor from May 25, 2017), as an evangelical Christian, I fully support Israel and am in complete agreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Israel, as a political state, is unique for several reasons.

Having a homeland brings hope and security to Jewish people with a common heritage. They have a long history of physical roots and geography regarding the land of Israel.

The birth of Israel as a Jewish state in 1948 also fulfills God’s recorded promises, providing evidence of His hand in history. The recognition of a Jewish state gives Jews and Christians around the world a proclamation that God keeps His promises!

Israel also shines as a beacon of hope. People groups from around the world are being displaced because of persecution for their faith (i.e. Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Myanmar, etc.). Most displaced persons yearn for the opportunity to return to their homeland. Israel’s return is a promising example for all peoples, demonstrating that perseverance and tenacity can one day enable citizens to live in their native land where they can practice their faith freely.

Israel stands alone as the only state in the Middle East to protect religious freedom. Jerusalem displays diverse houses of worship throughout the city. The Jewish people are not striving for a state that only practices Judaism, but rather provides freedom for alternative religions in their homeland. We similarly are blessed in the United States to live where people of all faiths can worship.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset, last year on Jerusalem Day, promoting peace and freedom to all religions in the city of Jerusalem. He honored the remembrance of the Temple, linking it to the roots of their faith.

In 2014, I was blessed to stand, pray, and touch the Western Wall remembering the promise that God gave to Abraham to establish his people: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3). This experience inspired me to stand in unity with my Jewish brothers and sisters and to push back on the movement to delegitimize Israel.

The FAMiLY LEADER and I join with Israel in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War. The Sixth Day War on June 5 – June 10, 1967, expanded Israel’s territory just as Scripture prophesied. We are thankful God’s promises are always true!

Denise Bubeck is a regional church ambassador with The FAMiLY LEADER




If 7:14 hits milestone, unites 50,000 people in prayer!

“Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of Your name” – 2 Samuel 22:50

The FAMiLY LEADER’s If 7:14 prayer ministry is celebrating a milestone today, as 50,000 people have now downloaded the free If 7:14 phone app, uniting in a global rhythm of prayer for revival every day at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m.

But this is just one of the reasons If 7:14 is praising the Lord for what He has done!

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Praise the Lord for the partnership between If 7:14 and the Newsboys! Through their concerts, the Newsboys have proclaimed a message about praying for revival and have introduced well over 250,000 people to If 7:14.

Praise the Lord for the first birthday of our time-zone-sensitive app, which reminds people through encouraging messages to pray at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m. and allows them to share prayer requests with others.

Praise the Lord for 262 downloads in China and over 200 in Japan. We don’t know how they found it, but it’s amazing to think that we are praying in unity twice a day with people who don’t just live far away, but people who may be suffering for their faith.

170524chinese-christians-prayingPraise the Lord for people like Noe, and Patty and Peggy, who are faithful prayer warriors, lifting up prayers for the Body of Christ and leading all of us with the prayers they submit on the app.

If 714 prayer appCroppedPraise the Lord for the fact that people in more than 30 countries around the world have downloaded the app and are joining the prayer for revival!

Praise the Lord for opportunities we have had to share If 7:14 at conferences in North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, even in London and Rome!

Praise the Lord for all the opportunities we have through social media to talk about and encourage revival prayer!

Praise the Lord for our other partners, like Liberty University, Focus on the Family, National Radio Broadcasters, The National Prayer Committee, and many more.

On our own, none of this would have happened, but “with God, all things are possible!” (Matthew 19:26). Therefore, all of the praise goes to Him and our prayer is that we honor Him and give Him glory in all we do.

Download the If 7:14 app for your phone today!

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” – Psalm 150:6




International prayer warriors spark a ‘Heart-Cry’ for revival

“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” – Psalm 85:6

It is rare and wonderful when an opportunity arises to be inspired by the combination of natural beauty, biblical teaching, heartfelt worship, and rich fellowship. The If:714 team enjoyed such an opportunity in April when they attended the Heart-Cry for Revival – Fusion Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. Ashley Baker, Kathy Van Soelen, and Darla Vander Plaats were blessed to represent The FAMiLY LEADER’s If 7:14 prayer initiative at this incredible gathering of prayer warriors and revivalists.

The Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove is a conference center nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. The setting is beautiful beyond words. The wooded property is networked with walking trails and Scripture verses to guide and prompt prayer.

170518 cove2As Darla said, “It truly feels as if you have left the ‘real world’ with all its cares and distractions behind as you drive onto the property and begin to be immersed in the quiet, Spirit-filled atmosphere.”

This year’s conference was the 11th bi-annual “Heart-Cry for Revival Conference.” The purpose of the conference is to learn, share, be encouraged, be inspired, and pray for revival. There were numerous opportunities to join other believers from all over the world in prayer. It was encouraging to the If 7:14 team to know they were not alone. It was not only eye-opening to meet people from different states, countries and denominations, but also to hear their prayers echo our own prayers for revival. Truly, God’s Spirit is moving, calling His own to their knees.

The men and women who were called upon to speak at the conference were from widely diverse backgrounds, but the messages were woven together by a common spirit of passionate devotion to our Lord and a desperate desire to see a new spiritual awakening.

John Avant, a pastor from Knoxville, Tennessee, gave a compelling message about revival happening around the world and testified to God’s work in places like China and Iran. In fact, he said, “If you really want to see revival, if that is really what you want – my best advice is to buy a plane ticket.”

Michael Catt, pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Georgia, spoke about the famished state of much of the Church in North America. He said, “We have lived in famine for so long, we think it’s normal!”

Catt also quoted Vance Havner, saying, “The tragedy of the day is that the situation is desperate, but the saints are not.”

Download inspiring messages from the conference by clicking here!

If 714 prayer appCroppedTFL’s team was truly blessed to have had the opportunity to share If 7:14 with people who already have a heart for revival. Kathy, Ashley, and Darla helped some women from Mexico City, who have never downloaded apps before to download the If 7:14 app to their phones. These ladies were thrilled to not only have the prayer app, but also to have a new skill of downloading apps!

We invite you to join the thousands, in America, in Mexico, in China, in over 30 countries, who are already praying together at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m. for revival using the If 7:14 app.

Click here to download the If 7:14 app today!

We are thankful God provided the open door for The FAMiLY LEADER’s If 7:14 team to experience this revival-focused conference at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. Joining voices and a heart cry with others was truly a blessing!