Who Are We
PWI started with a vision given to Pastor Bjørn Pedersen on April 27, 1986, in Alexandria, Minnesota, USA. The ministry was formally organized in the fall of 1995 in Glendale/Phoenix, Arizona.
It has grown into a dynamic and unique ministry with a variety of prayer activities, events and strategies, such as prayer explosions, prayer vigils and watches, prayer requests processed through the Internet, many different prayer teaching seminars such as prayer schools and leadership training seminars with an emphasis on prayer, prayer outreaches like prayer journeys, expeditions, missions, prayer cruises, prayer conferences, prayer resources (some of them have been translated into several other languages), and more.
PWI emphasizes praying for others, encouraging Christians to pray intentionally, and teaching prayer, especially through the Prayer Schools. At the present time, PWI is offering five different Prayer Schools varying in length from five to fifteen days. Two additional Prayer Schools are under construction. PWI Prayer Schools have already been offered in Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. The Regular Prayer School Program is primarily training leaders. The Weekly Prayer School Program is targeting the “grass-roots” with the message of prayer, usually taught by local instructors after receiving training through PWI.
The materials are powerful, the methods effective, and communication with the groups inspirational, resulting in phenomenal responses. One of the most frequent comments to participation in a PWI Prayer School is it was a life-changing experience.
With God’s guidance, PWI has created excellent prayer resources to encourage growth in intimacy with Jesus, assist churches, districts, and synods worldwide to organize effective prayer programs, and to train and support church leaders such as Pastors, Evangelists, Elders, Prayer Coordinators, Prayer Missionaries, Intercessors, and others who have an interest in prayer.
Assisting PWI in its worldwide mission is twenty-seven national and international PWI Teams, Chapters, and Branches in Africa , America , Asia , and Europe . Five PWI offices are coordinating the worldwide mission of PWI. The International Headquarters is located in Flagstaff, Arizona.