(By Rev. David Chae) What is JAMA? People often ask. It stands for Jesus Awakening Movement for America (and All Nations). JAMA was birthed out of an unassuming prayer meeting, back in 1993. A handful of Americans with Korean Heritage (as Dr. John C. Kim, Founder and President of JAMA says) gathered, challenged by 2 Chronicles 7:14, to pray.
â€œIf my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their landâ€ (NIV).
It has been 18 years since the first band of Intercessors sought and cried out to God. Dr. John C. Kim, consumed with the vision of all Americans praying for repentance, renewal and revival, embarked upon 12,000 miles in 42 days prayer tour across America in 1994. Then once again, gripped by the holy passion, prayerfully, often filled with tears, took yet another journey across America. This time for 173 days, covering more than 40,000 miles, compelled by Godâ€™s command, â€œEven now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessingâ€”grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.â€ (Joel 2:12-14). [Read more...]