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Promise Keepers adopts global vision

Fresh from a gathering that drew hundreds of thousands of believers to Washington, Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney said Sunday he is enlisting foreign nationals to help his movement proselytize the world.

McCartney's men were returning home rejuvenated by Saturday's prayers and eager to fulfill the pledges they made to become better husbands, fathers, community leaders and men of Christ."The gathering is not a period at the end of a sentence. It's a nice paragraph in the middle of a book," said Joseph Scott, 36, an audio engineer from New York.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," McCartney described Saturday's six-hour assembly "as a tremendous display of hunger for God that exists in men today."

To appease the hunger, McCartney plans to replicate the experience across the country on Jan. 1, 2000, with rallies at every state capital to "take roll call" for Jesus Christ.

He also wants to take his ministry worldwide.

"I believe God is showing us now that he wants us to go global," he said. "How that unfolds is anybody's guess."

But he said his movement has already started doing research and is bringing in people from around the world to "teach us how to be culturally sensitive so that we can communicate effectively and advance the gospel of Jesus Christ."

McCartney, former football coach at the University of Colorado, also sought to allay fears that his movement is exclusionary, telling feminists, homosexuals, atheists and adherents of other religions:

"We love you. You can trust us because we're men of integrity. We're not out to divide this nation, but we're out to share the gospel message. They'll find being in the company of guys that keep their promises is healthy. "

In Des Moines, Iowa, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan had "nothing but praise" for the Promise Keepers and said that the Christian men's group - like his own - is coming under fire because Americans don't know how to handle a stern religious message.

"Any call that brings men in particular back to God and makes men atone for the abuse of women and the neglect of their wives and families is a good call," Farrakhan said during a stop on his nationwide revival tour.

"Even if I as a person am not liked, if the call to atonement is a proper message, accept the message even if you will not accept the messenger," he said.