Healing, Encouragement, and Joy: God’s Work at Onething
by Adam Wittenberg
Every year since 2002, thousands of young people have traveled to Kansas City to worship Jesus, listen to teaching, and ring in the New Year with joyful, corporate praise.
Onething—International House of Prayer’s annual year-end conference—is for people who are seeking a fresh touch from God, encounter with the Holy Spirit, and words of teaching and encouragement that guide for months, and sometimes years, to come.
About 20,000 people attend the conference annually, representing every state and many foreign countries. There are thousands of testimonies of lives changed. Here are a few from recent conference attendees:
“The Onething conference in Kansas City was incredible and an experience I’ll never forget. There’s nothing like being in a room of 20,000 believers from all over the world with one common interest to worship God. This is exactly what I needed. I received so much confirmation on things and learned so much to help me on my walk with Christ, and I got a new outlook on some things. Wow! I am just in awe of the whole weekend!”—Brittany Y.
“What did God do for me at Onething? I feel God‘s love more, therefore, I want to respond back to Him and love even more.”—Ken B.
“The past four days were so amazing. I truly felt God’s presence with us! Praise the Lord!”—Zhe C., Omaha
The Lord also does much healing at Onething, including during ministry times and altar calls. Here’s a sampling of how the Lord touches people:
“Jesus set me free from shame, guilt, and depression!”—Suzy M.
“He has taught me the importance of identity! Wow! It changes everything!”—Maddie W.
“During Onething, the most amazing thing started happening. I’ve been legally blind my whole life, and this man comes up to me and asks if he could pray for me. Of course I agree. Then, one by one, groups large and small start joining us. Near the end (after an hour or an hour and a half), my eyes are slowly being restored. It’s increasing each day! To God be the glory! We adore You King Jesus!”—Lucas P.
Another benefit is meeting people with similar passions. Christians of like mind and like hearts gather from around the world to hear what the Lord is saying about important issues such as Israel, the growing conflict with Islam, and cultural trends affecting the nations.
“I’m encouraged to continue to intercede for God’s holy nation knowing I’m not carrying the burden alone.”—Ashley J., San Antonio, Texas
“God has started to give me His heart for Israel, has installed in me an urgency to pray for Israel and the rest of the world to give their life to Jesus in expectancy of His coming, has put in me an eagerness to study the person of Jesus in His deity, and has put in me a new passion for His Word. God has orchestrated divine appointment after divine appointment, making wonderful connections. Thanks be to Onething, and glory be to God!”—Krizia I., Italy
There are many more testimonies to share, but you don’t have to just read about what God does at Onething—come experience it for yourself! This year’s conference—the last for the next several years—will feature extended times of waiting on the Lord, listening for His voice, and responding as the Spirit leads. Instead of promoting guest speakers, we are inviting the body of Christ to respond with us as we ‘reset’ our priorities on the Man Christ Jesus over everything.
What is your plan for the last four days of the year?
Onething is December 28-31 in Kansas City. Register here: ihopkc.org/onething.
A Detroit native who was raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Adam worked as a newspaper journalist until 2012, when he moved to Kansas City to complete the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Afterwards, he earned a four-year certificate in House of Prayer Leadership from IHOPU and is now on full-time staff in the Marketing department at IHOPKC. He also serves in the NightWatch (overnight prayer hours) and is active in evangelism. He, and his wife Stephany, have a vision to reach people everywhere with the good news of Jesus Christ.