Who Are We?
At Breakthrough Prayer, we believe it is God’s heart for His people to pray that others would discover and embrace Jesus as their Lord and Savior, resulting in individuals and families who experience and are witnesses to the promise of abundant life in Him, inspiring others to also discover Jesus.
We encourage the Christian community to mobilize in groups to pray strategically for one hour a week for the domain (Family, Education, Church, Business, Government, Sports and Arts/Media/Entertainment) that God has placed on their hearts.
As our groups pray together using the ACTS guide and scripture verses (provided quarterly), we raise up a united voice across the nation that God would intervene and bring salvation to the people.
We also offer prayer training through our website, training workshops and our Breakthrough Prayer manual.
Emmie Stanley was first introduced to Breakthrough Prayer in 1996 (when it was still Mothers Who Care), while touring the building of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCCC) ministries. From the moment she saw the concept of praying for the schools, she knew it was something she had to be a part of. Within the year she had started her first group and was asked to be the Area Coordinator for the Langley area, a role that lasted nine years. Although she enjoyed every aspect of the job, her favorite parts were doing the outreaches with parents and students, and seeing people come to Jesus as a result of prayer. In 2004, Emmie was invited to become a staff member for the Women Today ministry of CCCC, where she was involved as a speaker and trainer in evangelism, and also lead a team of ladies in home outreaches. In 2005, as Mothers Who Care began to transition into Breakthrough Prayer, Emmie was asked to come back to the prayer ministry as the field manager for the Mothers Who Care groups nationally, and in 2010 she was called to the national leadership of Breakthrough Prayer ministry.
Emmie lives in Langley B.C. with her husband (Barry) of thirty years. Their daughter lives in Alberta, and together with her husband does missionary work with the Natives. Her son is stationed in Halifax with the Navy. Her favorite thing to do is anything that includes her whole family.
It is Emmie’s absolute conviction that we can significantly impact our cities through prayer, and she is committed to giving her life to that cause.
In the fall of 1984 a group of several mothers shared concern about the pressures and challenges facing staff and students in the school their children attended in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Convinced of the power of prayer, they began interceding for the school’s environment. They prayed weekly using a model called the ACTS format of prayer. This format uses Scripture to cultivate the essential elements of prayer: adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.
These moms watched God unfold amazing answers to prayer and at the same time found that they themselves were transformed by praying. Because of their success, soon others learned of this strategy and more groups sprang up. Under the direction of Fern Nichols the ministry was established as Moms In Touch, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada. It then spread across southern British Columbia.
In 1987 the ministry name was officially changed to “Mothers Who Care” under the direction of Barbara Epp whose heart was overwhelmed by the ministry’s potential to build a wall of prayer across this nation and for women to be changed while seeking God’s face.
Thousands have been blessed as they learn to care for others through authoritative prayers of agreement and to believe in God’s ability and willingness to help, direct, lead, bless and answer prayer wherever they live, work or play. Just as mothers continued to listen obediently in prayer and found resourceful ways of encouraging those in the educational domain and communicating God’s love to them, now there was opportunity to expand the vision.
Eventually Mothers Who Care grew to include men, educators and students, all of whom shared the excitement to pray God’s heart for schools. It appeared the Mothers Who Care name needed to be broadened. At the same time Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada had a name change to Power to Change with a more focused vision on cities and therefore asked for a prayer strategy that could serve cities.
Under the direction of Doug and Karen Braun the combined needs of Mothers Who Care and Power to Change merged and expanded into a new ministry strategy called Breakthrough Prayer Ministry. It was based on the transferable principles and concepts of Mothers Who Care – principles that had a proven track record to sustain a measurable movement of prayer in the cities and communities of every province and territory of our nation, and combined the fresh vision and strategy that resulted from our waiting on the Lord.
Now we could envision the prayer movement that had been seeking God on behalf of the educational domain for more than 25 years, model prayer coverage for other domains of a city – i.e. family, church, marketplace, government, sport, media, etc. Our question became: How might God expand another sustainable, measurable prayer movement city-wide? We immediately knew from our experience that five foundational factors, like pillars, provide strength to unite and sustain denominations in prayer with the fire of the Holy Spirit: a common felt need, a shared goal, care for one another, God’s Word, and regular encouragement.
The result of our inquiry, was the launching of Breakthrough Prayer Ministry, including a training manual entitled Breakthrough! A Faith Adventure in Prayer, a downloadable Leaders Guide and this supporting website www.breakthroughprayer.com designed to encourage strategic evangelistic prayer action wherever you live, work or play.
Breakthrough Prayer Ministry was officially launched as a ministry of Power to Change in September 2007, and as of 2010 is under the leadership of Emmie Stanley.
As part of the Power to Change mission, we seek to glorify God by helping to fulfill the Great Commission in Canada and around the world by developing prayerful movements of evangelism and discipleship (see Mathew 28:18-20).