I have a really intense friend in West Africa. In January I went to visit him, and I said, "Let's have a meeting with the church leadership to choose several initiatives that will advance the Kingdom of God among the Yalunka people." Without hesitation, he looked straight into my eyes and said, "I know one that will work! Do you remember when the people of God were about to die in the book of Esther because Haman was going to kill them all? Esther declared three days of fasting and prayer--not drinking or eating. And they were saved. When Ninevah was about to be destroyed by God, the king called for fasting and prayer, and the city was saved. If fasting and prayer saved those people, and it was a matter of life and death, then how could we fail to evangelize our own people if we are fasting and praying? There's no way we could fail!"