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Men to Gather at Washington Monument For Once-Every-Decade Event on October 6

Contact: Marty Granger, 703-323-5040, info@standinthegap2007.org


WASHINGTON, May 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- The men of America are being invited to return to the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, in less than six months on October 6, 2007 for a sacred gathering of men called Stand in the Gap 2007, it was announced today at the National Press Club.


"We are urging men to return, remember, renew and rebuild their commitment to God, their families, churches, neighborhoods, communities and the nation," said the event's principal organizer, Marty Granger, founder and president of Faith in the Family International. The emphasis of this event is to call generations of men together, with respect for all ages, races, ethnic groups, and denominations.  


Purpose of the day's program is to honor God, hear from God, and to embolden each man to leave a legacy of spiritual strength and faithfulness from one generation to the next.   The Old Testament Scripture from Psalm 145:4 captures the essence and effect of the effort: "One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts." 


 Granger is encouraging men to: (1) log on to the event's website (www.standinthegap2007.org) for information, interaction and resources for supporting the event, (2) show up in the company of their sons, brothers, dads, neighbors and friends, (3) be counted among men whose life priority is following Christ and serving others.  The event is being prepared with plans to repeat a sacred gathering of men during the seventh year of every decade in perpetuity.


 One decade ago, arguably the largest religious gathering in U.S. history took place when over a million men gathered on the National Mall for a day of worship.   Many of the members of the organizing committee of Stand in the Gap 2007 were involved in the leadership of the 1997 event and are looking forward to the opportunity to once again gather men on "America's front lawn." 


Host organization for this decade's gathering is the 110-member National Coalition of Men's Ministries (http://www.ncmm.org/), a cooperative organization led by Dr. Rick Kingham, representing every major Christian ministry to men in America. NCMM's local affiliate, the Washington (DC) Area Coalition of Men's Ministries (http://www.wacmm.org/), led by David Brown, will be assisting with on-site arrangements in the Nation's Capital.  Faith in the Family International, a Virginia-based non-profit organization led by SITG7 Chair Marty Granger, will administer the event.