Chris Nord, Terry Wallin and I walked and prayed tonight with the people of the Marion/Harrison Street neighborhood. It wasn't maybe a night of flash bang excitement, but very much a night of building. . . We are very much growing relationships in the neighborhood. It is very nice to walk up and down the streets chatting, sharing the Word of God and praying with people.
As we started Terry prayed, he has been having a rough time, he prayed to find joy on this prayer walk. . .
Terry and I stopped and talked with a couple of ladies for a good maybe 15 or 20 minutes. Terry knew both of them I believe. The one lady did not have a Bible, so we gave her one. We talked about why we go to church, what going to church does for us. The being spiritually fed by a man of God, the fellowship, the worship, the being surrounded by brothers and sisters who are not perfect, but trying. . . The other lady had objections to all the hypocrites in churches. We ended up praying with her. . . this woman badly needs our prayers and deliverance.
It is obvious that the lady who owns the little store enjoys our stopping by, chatting and the buying of our water. She has several small children who like the Bible verse cards.
A man named Julio gave us a victory report. We prayed with him a week ago for him to find a job and he did get one. His landlord was there at the moment mowing the grass and even though Julio is $700 behind in rent, his landlord is allowing him to keep his place and make payments to catch up. Julio has a couple of little children. Julio gave thanks to God for answering his prayer. He had another prayer request, we anointed him and prayed for the Lord to help him quit smoking.
Cigar Bob wasn't out tonight when we went by the first time, but he was waiting on the porch when we came back on the other side of Marion. He waved to us and we went over and chatted with Bob for maybe 10 minutes or so. He asked that we always knock on his door when we come through so we can talk for a little bit. . . . that really made my day. If we can just touch one person, show them the love of Christ. . . . that makes it more than worth it. This isn't work. This is joy. We receive so much out of these evenings of walking and praying. Just being able to exercise our faith, just being able to step out and fight for the kingdom of God. . . It feels so good.
We anointed and prayed with Bob for his shoulder to be healed. His family is all dead. He wanted us to pray for God to let His family know how much he loves them and misses them. He also wanted us to pray for George (the fellow I mentioned last week who chain smokes) not to burn the house down. George smokes and just throws his cigarette butts on the floor in the house. Recently he caught his pajama pant leg on fire. . .We prayed for God to watch over Bob and George. . .
The names kind of run together, we talked with so many people.
Little prayers we offered up, joining with the people. . .
A lady would like to find a home away from the drug houses and violence. . .
A 10 or 12 year old girl wants her mother to have a speedy recovery from her surgery.
A couple of drunk/high guys on a front porch, one of them was very confrontational. . . we didn't pray with them, but for them. . .
A pretty large group of young people smoking dope in their back yard. . . convicted by Chris. . .Chris handing out fliers and cards . . .them feeling bad. . .talking about God while rolling joints. . .
A lady Beverly, covets our prayers. She was fascinated by what we are doing, very intrigued. . . "You're doing outreach. . . praying in the streets for us???" In a most beautiful voice she started singing praises to God and blessing us right there on the street.
A very old Hispanic lady with her arm in a cast. I gave her a Spanish Bible verse card, Psalm 51:10, and held my hands together in a position of prayer and pointed at her arm to let her know that I/we would be praying for her arm to heal.
I got a laugh out of the lady who doesn't want any of our fliers. As I walked by, I gave her a big smile and wagged my finger as I said,"I remember, no literature for you. . ." She smiled and laughed. . .
Lots of very nice people we talked with and prayed with. It was a peaceful quiet night. It was warm, but a wonderfully refreshing breeze came up every so often and made our time very pleasant.
Terry was very happy. He felt that this is where he was meant to be tonight. He felt uplifted and energized after this night. . .
Chris treated us with ice cream from one of the street vendors with the little push cart. Chris, Terry and I went back to Penguin Point for a little bit of fellowship, rest, and reviewing of the evening. We joined hands and prayed in Penguin Point for the different people and requests before going home. It was a wonderful night. . .
Thank you Sister Tresa and Sister Darla the cards are beautiful. . .
Thursday, June 5, 2008