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 Transform Our World (TOW) conference in Newark, New Jersey and, on their drive home, both felt passionate about partnering with TOW’s “Adopt A Street” program. Founded by Lloyd Turner in 2008, the “Adopt A Street” program enables individuals, businesses, or churches volunteer to adopt streets throughout their community and pray daily for the streets that are adopted for at least one year.
After reaching out to TOW, Gordon and Gail officially launched Pray for Lehigh Valley TOW ministry in 2012. Since then, they have had over 800 street adoptions throughout the Valley.
Since starting Pray for Lehigh Valley ministry as the primary organization of their Adopt A Street partnership with TOW, the intent is to further impact every facet of business, education and government in the Lehigh Valley for 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 of streets and marketplace ministry (business, education and government)
- The church (Ekklesia) activated outside the walls
- Violence and crime significantly reduced (eventually eliminated)
- Miracles on the street
- Unity of the body of Christ
- Neighbors loving their neighbors
- Spiritual awakening and the greatest harvest of 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, TOW