Pray for Lehigh Valley is a ministry started by husband and wife, Gordon and Gail Okuley. The Lehigh Valley is an area in Eastern Pennsylvania which includes Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and encompasses both Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
In 2011, they attended a Harvest Evangelism conference in Newark, New Jersey and, on their drive home, both felt passionate about partnering with Harvest Evangelism’s “Adopt-a-Street” program. Founded by Lloyd Turner in 2008, the Adopt-a-Street program is where individuals, businesses, or churches volunteer to “adopt” streets throughout their community and pray daily for the street(s) they adopt for at least one year.
After reaching out to Harvest Evangelism, Gordon and Gail officially launched the Lehigh Valley’s own Adopt-a-Street ministry in 2012. Since then, they have had over 700 streets adopted throughout the Valley and more are adopted each year.
They started the Pray for Lehigh Valley ministry as the parent organization of their Adopt-a-Street partnership with Harvest Evangelism with the intent to see further ministries expand to reach every man, woman, and child in the Lehigh Valley to further the Kingdom of God.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines over you. For look, darkness covers the earth, and total darkness the peoples; but the Lord will shine over you, and His glory will appear over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your radiance.” (Isaiah 60:1-3, HCSB)
- Transformation on streets and marketplace (business, gov’t, education)
- Church activated outside their walls and in to their communities
- Violence and crime significantly reduced (eventually eliminated)
- Miracles on the street
- Unity of the body of Christ
- Neighbors loving their neighbors
- Awakening and great harvest of lost souls
“If you want to see what you’ve never seen before, you have to do what you’ve never done before.” – Ed Silvoso, founder, Harvest Evangelism