Watch our video featuring Shawn-Marie Cole and Walt Kallestad. Then join the movement!
“...if my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health.”
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 (MSG)
In July of 2005, God woke up a 31-year old stay-at-home mom to give her a vision for His people, revealing that He was about to move in a mighty way. His call to humility, prayer, worship, seeking Him with all of our heart, and repentance of our own personal sins was a cry for us to turn back to Him. “I am HERE!” He said. “I never left you! It is time...time to put me back in the center.” He promised that as the Body of Christ gathered together in worship, prayer, and true repentance, He would reign down His blessings and miracles in an unprecedented way. The vision very clearly showed Michael W. Smith leading worship and former President George W. Bush repenting on behalf of the nation, culminating in a movement of God's hand across America to bring healing, restoration and unprecedented unity and prosperity.
That mom, Shawn-Marie Cole, began to pray. She asked friends, family and countless intercessors to pray, and the vision was confirmed many times over—a nationwide gathering of unity for the Body of Christ was to take place. God continued to show His favor to Shawn-Marie and her father, Walt Kallestad, Senior Pastor of Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona. In November 2007, God indeed called Michael W. Smith to lead worship for the event. In February 2008, Shawn-Marie and Walt were able to meet with President George W. Bush in the White House, where they shared the vision with him and extended the invitation to participate.
On April 26, 2008, from Washington, D.C. to the Capitol steps in Honolulu, every state in our country was represented by participants, and in at least ten other countries around the world, including Canada, Germany, South Africa and the Philippines, as simultaneously we worshiped our Heavenly Father and begged Him to return to the center of our lives and our nation.
Leading up to the four-hour event, a massive storm with life-threatening tornadoes, heavy rain and winds, and lightning was heading straight towards the gathering at the National Mall in D.C. The National Park Service issued one warning, saying that after three warnings—or the first bolt of lightning—they were going to pull the plug and the event would not happen. Realizing it was beyond their control, with less than an hour until the event was to start, ReignDown USA's leaders and intercessors knelt behind the stage and cried out for God to divert the storm to the North and the South. They called upon the power of the Holy Spirit for the winds to shift from the West to the East and blow the storm away. As they cried out on their knees and begged God to move…He did! The wind shifted! The Park Service, watching the weather radar, said that somehow the storm cell was shifting its course and heading to the North.
God held the storm back for the entire four hours. The moment the last song was played (aptly called "Rain Down",) the first drops of rain began to fall, and a massive downpour doused the area.
Though the call was extended to the President of the United States, he was unable to attend. But God, in order to fulfill His vision, sent a man of authority from the Capitol—with a tender heart for the Lord—to stand in the President’s place. Congressman Trent Franks would come not only to read a proclamation that the President made at the request of ReignDown USA; he would fall to his knees as tears streamed down his cheeks, repenting, putting the final brush strokes on the picture of God’s vision. Not only did Congressman Franks do this, he participated the entire evening. He knelt down in his suit to pray with children and spoke with many.
People from all over the world stood together on that day and participated at their computers and televisions. Coverage was provided by both a Christian and a secular network. People sent e-mails from all over the world as they watched in tears, saying that the power of the Holy Spirit was filling them, and they could only weep, fall to their knees, and repent.
What a mighty God we serve! In the months following that day, hundreds of stories poured in of His power touching repentant hearts, uniting families, bringing churches together, performing healing miracles, and most importantly, asking individuals to begin to deal with the logs in their own eyes and stop pointing out the specks in everybody else's.
Bonnie from Georgia said, "Thank you for ReignDown USA. I believe the effects of this event will be far reaching and are just beginning to show. I'm not the same. My prayer is that the changes in me will bring others to know Christ."
Pastor Jim from Mesa, Arizona said, "Everyday I see what God is doing for His people since that Saturday. To see God's people uniting and dropping the doctrinal barriers that have separated His children…Time is short. We have no time for these differences; we need to get about our Lord's businees, and bring the lost into the fold."
Linda, who participated at a venue in New Bedford, Massachusetts, said, "The Lord of Heaven and earth was present here as 650-700 people gathered to humble ourselves, to repent…this is recorded in the History of Heaven…we will continue as before to stay a people of repentance, obedience and humility…Our King was exalted and so we know the Father is well pleased!"
This prayer movement was birthed on that day as many gathered together with humble hearts, heartfelt worship, in true repentance. But on that night, God spoke: “The alarm has sounded, yet my children do not hear my call, for they are sleeping. It is time... WAKE UP! WAKE UP my church!”
That moment in 2008 was only the birth of what is now a national movement of repentance and revival in the Body of Christ in the United States. There was power in our unity that day, yet only a remnant of the Body heard the call and responded. Only a fraction of His people were represented. We must continue to wake up the Body of Christ to personal repentance, encouraging the laying down of separate agendas and calling upon the leadership of the United States to humble itself under God. As we fan the flame, revival will break loose in major cities in every corner of the nation, transforming lives, mending wounded relationships, restoring broken communities, tearing down false idols, and healing a thirsty, disaster-stricken land.
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.” - Revelation 3:1-3 (NLT)
It’s not too late! The invitation is now in your hands. Through ReignDown USA, God is calling you—the church leader, pastor, parachurch organization, worship band, community leader, follower of Christ—to help spread the word and join this mighty prayer movement, culminating again in unity, repentance, prayer, and worship in October 2013. This time, ReignDown USA is going to God's own heartland—Israel. You will be able to join this worship and prayer gathering through Dish Network or online.
Side-by-side, with political and denominational differences abandoned, our audience will be the One whose call we answer. In every state, around the world, at the exact same time—united, we will repent of our wayward lives and glorify our Heavenly Father. Please pray. Please spread the word. And please give your time and resources to help carry out the event.
The power and expression of God’s love that began on April 26, 2008 in Washington, D.C. and in venues across the nation struck a match that still burns passionately in the faithful remnant of the Body of Christ that joined in. Many people around the world heard God’s call and obediently responded. Help us continue to fulfill God’s vision for His children. The time is now.