Community Engagement - dedicated intentional time to invest in neighbors and the neighborhood by praying God's will over the West Side.
How? Each afternoon the students have time for ministry. There are tutoring programs, volunteering in the Pavilion, helping out with some afterschool sport programs, and community engagement time. This community engagement time will look like students praying around the West Side and praying for neighbors. Out of that, building relationships with those neighbors where we are praying for them and forming friendships. Also, praying against strongholds in the neighborhood.
"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” - Jeremiah 29:7
I am most excited for this opportunity. And that statement shocks me. I am quick to pick things that are task mode and not people focused, but God is giving me a desire for this and I am exciting to see how He will use me and grow me. I am excited for the ways we will see this neighborhood change, and for the friendships that will form between the students and our neighbors.
There is power in prayer, and I am excited to see young people praying the kingdom of heaven over the West Side. I am excited to see God move, and answer prayers. I am excited for meeting neighbors and getting to know the West Side better. I am excited to see students on fire for prayer!!
I plan on updating how this is going throughout this fall and into winter! I would love to encourage you to pray alongside us!