We are celebrating today with gratitude and anticipation for what God has done and is doing through The SOURCE! This morning a group of 18 of us were mentored by 9 members of a small group from Phoenix. Together we talked about God's desire to see lost and hurting people come to know him, then took our faith to the streets in a neighborhood near the school where The SOURCE meets.
Our desire was to talk with people, get a feel for this neighborhood God placed us in, and pray for people who would allow us
and here are some snippets of what happened
We got a good understanding of the demographics of the neighborhood - ages, families, ethnics, spirituality, openness...
Several teams were welcomed by other believers, brothers and sisters in the neighborhood who attend other churches, and were encouraged by praying together for each other and for their neighborhood.
A team prayed for a woman whose 4 year-old grandson is awaiting a bone marrow transplant, and the next door neighbor who will be donating bone marrow.
A team connected with a homeless man who they are now assisting.
Two teams talked and prayed with people who had made suicide attempts within the past week.
Various teams prayed for illnesses, new babies, battles with cancer, struggling marriages, job losses etc.
A group connected with a lonely believer who had not attended a church in years.
One group was able to share about Jesus and pray with a Sikh.
Dozens of people read scripture about God's gift of salvation, some for the first time.
A mother and her teenage daughter prayed to accept Jesus as their lord and savior!
I'm not gonna lie, most of us were nervous, even downright scared. But what we witnessed today is impossible to deny, that God gives boldness and courage to those who seek to do His work and have His heart. We learned so much about our neighborhood and connected with so many people, and it never would have happened had God not prompted 27 hearts to get out of our comfort zone.
It was thrilling to walk in the steps of the early believers.
"Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ." Acts 5:42