John and Lori Robb
International Prayer Connect
Chairman for International Prayer Connect and International Facilitator for the World Prayer Assembly
Biography/Description of Ministry
Lori grew up at First Free with a desire to be a missionary from a young age. John and Lori Robb were married here at First Free in 1971 while completing their graduate school training to serve as missionaries in Malaysia where they served for seven years with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Lori taught music, and led a choir and counseled young people while John served as a pastor, seminary lecturer and mission mobilizer for unreached peoples. Since that time, Lori has continued her music career as a pipe organist and pianist, teaching children piano and serving several churches while raising three children. She founded and led a chapter of Women of Vision in Southern California. She currently plays the pipe organ and leads the prayer ministry at our church in Albuquerque, New Mexico where we now live.
By the grace and goodness of God, during his work with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian agency, and since, John has travelled throughout the world for 30 years, leading prayer and mission initiatives, consultations and seminars for Christian leaders in more than 100 countries. He also led the Unreached Peoples track for the AD2000 and Beyond Movement and then coordinated the Great Commission Roundtable that brought together hundreds of mission leaders from many diverse ministries. Having witnessed the powerful and transformative ways God works when spiritual leaders unite in prayer for their societies and common mission, he began to increasingly emphasize united prayer. With international teams of facilitators, he has led interdenominational prayer initiatives in 60 nations. To the glory of God, during such initiatives, extraordinary social, political and ecclesiastical changes have often taken place as the Lord has answered corporate prayer in stunning ways to bring about breakthroughs of reconciliation and restoration in hopeless situations of war, corruption and oppression.
Currently, John serves as Chairman for International Prayer Connect, a network of regional and national prayer ministries and networks around the world that came into being after 9/11. The IPC focuses on global issues of common concern to the Body of Christ such as war, terrorism and other humanitarian issues, as well as the fulfillment of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. He and his colleagues helped to mobilize international support for the Global Day of Prayer that has helped unite over 300 million Christians in more than 200 nations to pray for the transformation of our world. In 2006, 2008 and 2013, the IPC organized and led Global Children in Prayer Consultations bringing together CiP practitioners from more than 70 nations. In 2007, 2009 and 2013, the IPC brought together hundreds of prayer leaders and intercessors, including youth and children, to pray with ambassadors inside the United Nations. Working with the Indonesian prayer movement, they organized the World Prayer Assembly in 2012. The WPA connected more than 2 million believers in almost 400 cities within Indonesia and millions more through satellite TV and Internet-streaming around the world. They are now working with an international team of youth leaders to plan the World Youth Prayer Assembly: UPrising (www.unitedprayerrising.com) that will be held in Seoul, Korea in July of 2016. John and his colleagues believe God will use this effort to help raise up a new generation of young men and women of God to discover and carry out the unique missions for which He is calling them.
John and Lori have been married for 44 years and have three adult children and two grandchildren.