For the very first time, Jesus Calls Prayer Festival was held in Jeypore, Koraput District, state of Odisha, from 3rd – 5th of June 2016. This Prayer Festival which was arranged by all the leaders of the churches in the districts Koraput, Nabarangapur, Rayagada and Malkangiri. In spite of heavy winds and rains that lashed that region, right from first day, people thronged in huge numbers. People also came from various parts of Odisha state and neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Around 1.25 Lakh people participated on the last day. God’s awesome power was manifested through Dr. Paul Dhinakaran and Sis. Evangeline Paul Dhinakaran. With great thirst, the people listened to the Word of God and received His miracles.
Shri Lal Bihari Himirika, Hon'ble Cabinet Minister for SC & ST development, Minorities & Backward classes welfare -Govt. of Odisha, Shri Jhina Hikaka, Member of the Parliament - Koraput, Shri Manohar Randhari, MLA (Nabarangapur), Shri Tara Prasad Bahinipati, MLA (Jeypore), Shri Krushna Chandra Sagaria, MLA (Koraput) and many other dignitaries graced the occasion. Organising Committee headed by Rt. Rev. Julius Santosh, Bishop of Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church, leaders & Pastors from various churches organised this prayer festival in a grand manner.