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Lord, we thank You for this glorious victory for Your own honor and our freedoms. We rejoice in Your goodness and greatness!

Intercessors in Pennsylvania and across the country have seen a stunning victory. The Biden administration announced after only 24 hours that it had reversed a decision by the National Park Service to remove a statue of William Penn, a replica of Penn’s house, and a timeline of Penn’s life from Welcome Park, in Philadelphia.

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The park located on the site of William Penn’s first home, the Slate Roof House. Welcome Park is named for the ship, Welcome, that transported Penn to Philadelphia in 1682. The decision to dramatically alter the site — by removing all references to William Penn and his legacy — was announced on Jan. 7. It was revoked by the evening of Jan. 8!

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I remember hearing a story several years ago about a man who gained great fame in a small American town. The townsfolk got together and erected a statue in his honor. When it was time to carve the plinth, they decided not to write anything, choosing  instead to boast that this man was so well known that he had no need for his name to be recorded in stone. After several generations, the town ran a competition: Name the Unknown Statue. That statue was promptly removed to the town dump. The moral is obvious.

Although the statue of William Penn is carefully inscribed with his name, and a timeline of his life is carved in the flagstones, the principle is the same. And though his statue cannot have a perfect equivalence to the stones that Israel was told to stack up in the Jordan River as a remembrance for succeeding  generations, again, the principle remains the same. We erect statues, carve flagstones, and preserve historic buildings to commemorate our history and what God has done among us. Any culture or people that loses its history and testimony of how God has historically moved will itself be lost.

When the decision to alter the park was first announced, thousands of intercessors and intercessory networks nationwide were alerted. The National Park Service website declared that “comments were welcome,” so intercessors took action.

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19).

An Attempt to Erase Penn’s Legacy

The initial proposal was for a complete overhaul of the park, located in a historic section of Philadelphia. The Interior Department, which oversees the National Park Service, is headed by Biden appointee Deb Haaland, a radical progressive and the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. The proposed rehabilitation was described as including “expanded interpretation of the Native American history of Philadelphia developed in consultation with representatives of several of the indigenous nations.” The proposal was described as a “more welcoming, accurate, and inclusive experience for visitors,” according to the NPS webpage. Certain aspects of the original design from 1982 were to be retained, but a “ceremonial gathering space with circular benches” and newly planted buffers on three sides would be added. The Penn statue and Slate Roof House model would be removed.

Dr. Abby Abildness, executive director of Healing Tree International and executive producer of the documentary Penn’s Seed: The Awakening, responded thus to the proposal: “Removing Penn’s statue is an attempt to erase Pennsylvania’s history of peaceful coexistence between Penn, his colonists, and the Native Lenape tribes, who were the first people of the land. Penn honored and befriended the Lenape people, which is evident in the peace treaty he wrote in order to preserve good faith and good will with them. When the King said Penn needed an army to protect him from the native Americans, he rejected that idea and instead said, ‘Let’s see what love will do.’ Penn pioneered a new model of government built upon diplomacy and democracy rather than the tyrannical rulership he had experienced in Europe.”

Once it was clear that the proposal would not go forward, Dr. Abildness posted this warning: “We rejoice that the people’s prayers and protests averted this plan, but there is evidence that [the Biden administration] have additional ‘development’ plans to remove Pennsbury Manor … and other historical artifacts. We see the impact of the people rising up who know and cherish our nation’s birthplace and founding freedoms. We must remain vigilant to protect the righteous root in Philadelphia, named to be the City of Brotherly Love.” Philadelphia, birthplace of the nation and home of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell as well as many other historical sites, is getting ready for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, in 2026.

Once the plan was forestalled, this statement was released on the National Park website:

“Independence National Historical Park has withdrawn the review of a draft proposal to rehabilitate Welcome Park. The preliminary draft proposal which had been released prematurely and not been subject to a complete internal agency review, is being retracted. … The National Historic Park of Pennsylvania looks forward to engaging in a robust public process to consider options for refurbishing the park in the coming years.”

May it be so!

Rewriting History

So why this sudden desire to make the park more “welcoming, accurate and inclusive”?

Pennsylvania Sen. Chris Dush, a passionate follower of Christ and a William Penn historian, had this to say: Prayer and petitions to God are what helped motivate people to call, e-mail … publicize and ultimately win this battle. This also presents us [intercessors and activists] with ammunition going forward. Penn doesn’t have baggage [negative history] with the First Nations peoples. Quite the opposite! We need to keep this attempt front and center and highlight the error in their thinking.”

What is Senator Dush referring to?

This proposal is just the latest in an ongoing series of removals or renamings of historic structures, part of a larger pattern nationwide to erase, or attempt to erase, and rewrite our history. Across the nation, historical statues and monuments have been removed, and streets, towns, schools, and sports teams renamed. Panels laying out a timeline of Penn’s life would also have been removed, and visitors would have been treated to “an expanded interpretation of Native American history of Philadelphia,” which appears to be no more than progressive-speak for removing all references to God and His sovereign hand in the founding of our nation.

William Penn is a foundational and righteous figure in American history. While imprisoned for his faith, Penn had a vision from God and was told that he would “set captives free.” He then bought passage for hundreds of religious prisoners of many backgrounds and brought them to this land to live in religious freedom. His “Holy Experiment” — the seed of a nation — laid the foundation for the religious liberties now enshrined in our Constitution. His legal training and language undergird much of the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, our third president and the writer of the Declaration of Independence, duly recognized William Penn’s indelible influence upon the nation and stated that he was “without doubt the greatest lawgiver the world has produced.”

Penn came to our shores to birth a colony steeped in religious freedom. Penn lived by this motto: “Let us then try what love will do: for if men did once see that we love them, we should soon find that they would not harm us.”

This principle shaped his interactions with the Native American peoples he encountered and secured a legacy of deep friendship and honor with indigenous leaders. He paid tribal leaders for lands “granted” to him by the Crown. His treaties, adhered to sacrificially during his lifetime, were rooted in true friendship with tribal leaders. For this reason alone, the proposed alterations to Welcome Park are incomprehensible.

Praise the Lord that this battle in the war to alter the history of our nation was won — and won swiftly! But the war rages on. Winston Churchill said that any people who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. God said that we must rehearse His mighty acts in the earth and His faithfulness to His people (see Psalm 78:5–7). May we who know Him and are called to be watchmen on the wall of America remain ever vigilant to pray with great hope as we face the progressive agenda in all the seven mountains. We serve a God who hears and responds to the prayers of His people!

Father, we give You thanks for the swift answer to the prayers for the preservation of the Penn legacy in Welcome Park. Keep us rooted and grounded in hope in the God who is shaking all things that are not His kingdom! Grant us grace to pray and act from love and compassion and truth in these cultural battles. To You alone be the glory and the honor forever. Amen.

For further study on William Penn and his role in our nation’s founding:

  1. IFA’s Inspired People
  2. “You Can Awaken Penn’s ‘Holy Seed of a Nation’!”

  3. Penn’s Seed: The Awakening documentary (Healing Tree International and Redeem TV)

“ … that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever … that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever” (Joshua 4:6–7,24).

Intercessors acted, and God moved! Share your prayers of thanksgiving below!

Lori Meed is a leader on IFA’s Headline Prayer Live and an IFA contributing writer. In 2004, God moved her family from Canada to the U.S., imparting to them His heart for this country and for revival. Having walked out her own journey of freedom after being radically born again in 1992, Lori has a heart to see others set free to walk fully in their destiny. She is also passionate about teaching on aliyah (“going up,” the return of the Jews to the land of Israel), the feasts of the Lord, and the rich connections of the gentile churches to Israel.Photo Credit: Reading Tom from Reading, UK – Statue of William Penn – Philadelphia, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons.

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Larry
January 15, 2024

I believe that most hateful things done to the indigenous people was a result of those in power not honoring agreements made with them. William Penn is a great example of how by following God’s guidance all people can live together in peace. It is when individuals let the evil one into their heart that bad things happen. Penn’s example should be required learning material in all schools at all levels. As shown Deb Haaland a native American along with those representatives from several indigenous nations allowed the evil one to influence their recommendations to erase the history of how people can live together when they allow God’s love to guide them. Erasing the history of the US will certainly lead a repeat of the bad things that have happened. All they show me is that if roles were reversed they would do the bad and maybe worse. God touch the heart of everyone so they might follow you love.

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Gertrude Reif
January 13, 2024

Praise the Lord for this victory! I should mention that William Penn was a Quaker, a devout Christian, who lived out his faith. Quakers, also, were involved with the Abolitionist movement in our nation’s history.

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Nancy Klinck
January 12, 2024

PRAISING OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR THESE TREMENDOUS WONDERFUL ANSWERS TO PRAYER!!! THANKYOU to OUR LORD!! Singing hallelujahs!!!!!!!
And GIVING HIM ALL THE GLORY!!! “Pray without ceasing!!

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Shannon
January 12, 2024

It’s about time 😁

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Marsha Bashor
January 12, 2024

Thank you Lord God for this information, I did not know this was going on in Philadelphia. I am a resident of PA and have been praying for this state to come to you Lord, out of darkness into your light. Thank you for saving the William Penn statue and surroundings, and for all the prayers that went up for this act of preservation.

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Jennifer
January 12, 2024

While many salient points are herein made, the blatant fact that IFA supports and promotes the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR, “Seven Mountain Mandate”), is why I no longer trust IFA to provide accurate, Bible-based information. NAR is dangerous to the Church. Follow the money, IFA!

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Kirsten
January 11, 2024

Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m rejoicing at this victory! God has led me to study the life of William Penn these past few months, and I love who he was and what he stood for! Ultimately this is a spiritual battle which is why they want to tear down anything to do with God. Instead they have erected demonic statues outside many of the capitol buildings that need to come down!

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Kathy Emahiser
January 11, 2024

Father God, I too thank you so very much for this glorious victory. You get all the honor and glory. We thank you for continuing to overturn legislature that is trying to do away with everything pertaining to you.

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Karen
January 11, 2024

Thank all those who prayed and moved mountains to keep our faith and history alive. This is why all government officials should be qualified, patriotic and morally accountable. We have to start voting with good sense, otherwise this is what we get.

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Deborah
January 11, 2024

PRAISE YOU FATHER GOD! THANK YOU FOR ANSWERED PRAYER!! GOD BLESS AMERICA! AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED AND GIVE GOD THE GLORY! IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME!

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Carlida
January 11, 2024

Thank You, LORD, for showing Your response to Your word that when Your people humble themselves and pray You hear and turn situations to Your glory!

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Becky
January 11, 2024

Thank you Jesus! All praise to Jehovah Jesus!
Thank you Lori and IFA for sharing this precious, powerful story of what our Poppa G-D has done, in our time!
I just love how He warns us of stupid, evil, ‘woke’ plans, to call us to fight, standing heart to heart, whereeever we are, dressed in His armor, form fitted to each of us, to pray, HIS heart, to unleash heaven’s host to do war with the unholy spirits who have taken too many captive.
I just LOVE how HE turns the plans of the enemy upside down!!!
And Thank you Jesus, for this prayer group…may You help us tune out the distractions to tune in to You Lord…thanks for the helmet, we really need it these days!

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Jeanie
January 11, 2024

Almost every morning I pray, I pray for our country (among other things.)
So happy to hear that the Lord honored our prayers and honored William Penn, who is, no doubt, in heaven, rejoicing with the angels at this very minute!
All Glory and honor to our Lord! Thank you Lord!

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Robert A. Best
January 11, 2024

Nearly everything this Biden Administration does is rooted in evil! See them through this lens and think hard how you vote America!!!! Praises to all citizens who rose up and stopped this travesty and the our God who gave them the strength and wisdom to do so!

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Shara
January 11, 2024

Thank you, Lori, for this article. I didn’t know anything about this until now. Praising the Lord for an awesome example of prayer, action, and God’s greatness!

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HC WILLIAMSON
January 11, 2024

If we must forever endure the bitterness of those who cannot forgive..after decades of repentance and reconciliation prayers, conferences…then pray we will always respond with grace, kindness, and love as Wm Penn did !

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Mel Westerman
January 11, 2024

The foundation of Penn’s work centered around his belief that love was central to life. He wrote: “Love is above all; and when it prevails in us all, we shall all be lovely, and in love with God and one with another.”

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Marie
January 11, 2024

You people blame Biden for everything. Stop believing what FOX news and check out the truth of this story.

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    Mel Westerman
    January 11, 2024

    Marie, what is the truth you reference? Please explain yourself.

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    Shara
    January 11, 2024

    Marie, do you know Jesus?

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    Carol Garrott
    January 11, 2024

    “You people?” Marie, are you conservative? The Bible is. Are you Christian?

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Darlene Estlow
January 11, 2024

Father, thank for stopping this action to take your name and any reference to you and your people from the public square. Thank you for arousing people to pray for you work through our prayers. Thank you that this monument and grounds were not taken down. Father, may we be attentive to your voice and raise our voices for righteousness. Let us no longer be asleep. Raise up intercessors that will cry out for righteousness to come and the enemy be foiled in his attempt to erase you from our culture!

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Mary Beth
January 11, 2024

Thank you, Lori! We rejoice with you for this answer to prayer – THANK YOU, LORD!

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Brian Beckham
January 11, 2024

1 Kings 19:18 “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

There are more children of GOD, GOD fearing Christians across this land than you know.
-“Choose you this day whom you will serve”…..
May the LORD get all the GLORY!!! Thank you LORD!

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Joyce Swingle
January 11, 2024

Thank you for this excellent recap of this latest odd and alarming attempt to negate the role of the Lord in America’s history! Many blessings to you and yours, Lori, and praise to the Lord for His power and Presence.

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Mari Williams
January 11, 2024

This is wonderful news!
PRAISE THE LORD!
Thanks to all the good people who prayed and made their wishes known.

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Randy Grabill
January 11, 2024

Excellent! We must fight hard with the sword of the spirit against evil and the radical Marxist Left! In the name of Jesus, Amen. Randy

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terri
January 11, 2024

That is such wonderful news!! God is being glorified through the history of William Penn! Praise the Lord and thank you for all the people who battled in pray against the progressive left!!

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Patsy Behney
January 11, 2024

Praise God! I enjoyed this article and look forward to God’s plan to protect America by His Word.

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Brian Lynch
January 11, 2024

Thank you, Lori, for this encouraging news of how prayer changes things where satan is trying to steal, kill, and destroy. This is praiseworthy! We need to remain vigilant in our praying for good, as God is so good. Lord, I pray that we can trust you for greater things in 2024. Thank you Jesus, for abundant life in You.

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L.Hudgins
January 11, 2024

Thank you Lord for hearing our cry snd answering our prayers with a yes.

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Audra Austin
January 11, 2024

Lord Thank You for the victory over the Marxism of the Biden Administration. Thank you for showing yourself strong for the intercessors in Pennsylvania. Continue to root out Marxism in our land and expose it for evil that it is in Jesus mighty name, Amen

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Dr. Bridget A. Bonczyk
January 11, 2024

Our God reigns! Amen

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Patricia Overbey
January 11, 2024

GOD BLESS, SAVE THE HISTORY, GOOD OR BAD OF THE USA. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES, ERASING THEM, THE SAME MISTAKES WILL BE MADE. GOD BLESS AMERICA & DONALD J. TRUMP. ALL I HAVE READ ABOUT WM. PENN IS THAT HE DID A LOT FOR PA & & HE WAS A GODLY MAN.

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Julie Morgan
January 11, 2024

Praise be to God! I did not know this history of Wm Penn. I pray that, contrary to the will of those who wanted to reframe history, this true story of our nation’s founding is now widely amplified and celebrated in the wake of this win.

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Margaret Akin
January 11, 2024

This reversal regarding William Penn is fabulous news! Shows me again the POWER OF PRAYER!! I am overwhelmed by the answered prayers in my family and close friends due to consistent prayer and praise!! GOD IS AMAZING!!

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