Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain
Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain is an Protestant Evangelical Christian retreat center operated by Bread of Life Ministries, located in Sitio Calumpang, Antipolo. It is the first prayer mountain facility in Southeast Asia. Inspired by the Prayer Mountains of South Korea that brought about the spread of Christianity in that country, Bread of Life's Senior Pastor Butch Conde and the leadership of Bread of Life set out to build the prayer mountain to provide a place of solitude for Filipino Evangelicals of different denominations.
The Prayer Mountain Movement in Korea sprang from a practice of the pioneering Christians during the latter days of the Korean church in the 1800s. Faced by strong opposition from the home religions and philosophies, many Korean Christians who resisted the imposition on their freedom of worship were persecuted and even killed. In desperation, the Christians who could not practice their faith openly adopted the practice of waking up as early as four in the morning to ascend the nearby mountains where they could freely pray until the first ray of sunrise. At the end of the day, before going home, the Christians would again ascend the mountains to pray and fast and ask God to intervene on their behalf.
It is said that anyone who passed by those mountains would hear the cries and weeping of the men and women who were storming heaven with their sad plight and asking God to change their situation. From then on, prayer and fasting have been the hallmarks of the strong South Korean Church.
Inspired behind the history and the intensity of prayer in South Korea even to today, Bread of Life Ministries began to build a retreat center in Antipolo, in the height of the Marcos regime, to intercede in prayer for the Philippines. The land for the prayer mountain site was given by a certain old lady by the name of Tia Arling Gozon. The Prayer Mountain is finally finished and since then, it has drawn Evangelical Christians of different churches and parachurch organizations to pray for the plight of the Filipino Christians and the country.
The center has several Prayer Cells, tiny rooms with small tables and light inside for intensified prayer. Prayer Huts and several dorms and rooms are in the center for people who wants to stay and pray for the night.
The facility also has a large sanctuary where Christian groups can meet and worship.
Every Sunday, a service is held in the TGPM Sanctuary. On Saturday morning, Dawn Watch (intensified prayer from 5am to 7am) are held there.
Every last Saturday of the month, different people from different Evangelical churches gather in the facility to worship and pray for the churches and the country.
On Summer vacations and semestral breaks, Bread of Life Ministries holds its Mountain Chillout in the mountain, a 3-day prayer and fasting for the Youth and Young Adults.
- http://www.crossroad77.com/tgpm.html - Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain (Crossroad 77 Site)
- http://breadoflifeministriesinternational.org/tgpm.html - Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain (Bread of Life Ministries Site)