SDA is a movement of prayer in response to a prophetic vision given in 2009. It is a simple yet powerful call to action, responding to Father God, calling His people, His church, you and me, to walk the land in humility and love. God has called us to intercede for every aspect of life as we know it to awaken to the glory of God, and to see revival and awakening in every church and community.
In 2018 the Lord asked us to plan for 2020, to gather the Church across the denominational stream in prayer, to walk the South Downs way in unity as one body, to issue a call to arms – to see every church flourishing in revival and a spiritual transformation across the land. South Downs Awakening is the response to this call. Our heart is to see our land and its people thrive, coming to know with the incredible salvation and peace of knowing Jesus Christ and God as Father.
How? By sowing the seeds of prayer and His Word into and over our land, where we live. By Faith, calling what is not yet, into being. The original plan was to prayer walk as one huge family of churches over a week in July, but in light of Covid-19, plans changed. However the vision and call, to walk the land and pray, remained. Therefore united in hearts we called households across the region to prayer walk the entire South Downs way over July and August 2020, releasing the scripture given: Joshua 1:3 ‘Every place the sole of your foot treads upon I have given to you’.
The South Downs way is a 100 mile route through beautiful countryside, overlooking the land to the north, and the sea to the south crossing several rivers that flow through. From Winchester, to Beachy Head and the town of Eastbourne, we feel there is huge spiritual significance in linking these two places together; we thank God for this place and praised His name in the high places of His creation here. We prayed, calling what God has purposed into being, awakening and abundant life.
The testimonies from those who took part are humbling and inspiring captured in this blog. But this is not the end. We feel this is just the beginning, so we invite you to take the baton, and continue to be part of this powerful movement of prayer and exciting adventure of awakening in the South Downs and right across this nation.
“There’s been an amazing wave of revival coming in over the South Downs area for many years, and it’s great to see SDA as another surfer riding the wave along with the Big Church Day Out, Davids Tent, and all that the local churches have been contending for over so many years.”
Tim Jupp (Big Church Day Out)
“South Downs Awakening is a fantastic initiative completely in line with what we are seeing the Spirit do all around the country and indeed overseas. There is a growing discontent and hunger for God’s great ‘more’ and a unanimous longing to turn to the Lord in a new way. It’s an extraordinary season.”
Pete Greig (24/7 Prayer)