God has given my husband and I a completely new direction within the last two years that I never imagined would be the road we travel. We’ve been in the ministry since 1998 serving in various roles within our church; Youth Pastors, Associate Pastors, Head Deacon, Women’s Ministry Pastor and we’ve cherished and love every minute. Two years ago God directed us to the Inner City of Hamilton, Ohio. The work we do is set among the prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, criminals and dope boys and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Over the last years we have been led to go out among them and build relationships. We have developed some friendships and some losses but one thing remains the same; God died for each and every one of us including the dope boys. We have met people that just want to come around to take and use up what God is using to help. We’ve learned not to spend our time with people who are unwilling to change and invest in those that are. Believe me there are far greater people that are unwilling to change, I mean deeply change. These people are master manipulators, they do it for a living, so they will tell you what you want to hear to get what you are giving out. You feel me?
There have been a few lives we’ve been honored to see saved, pr
uned and grown. Praise God for that honor. Friends, the fields are still white for harvest but we need to be going to them. We spend too much time, money and effort begging people to come into our buildings on Sunday. Then we expect the Pastor standing behind the pulpit to “win” them to Christ. This is not the “church” that Jesus gave His precious life for. He did not die so that we can have nice pews. Jesus left us here on earth to be His hands and feet and one day a week, sitting in a pew, or standing behind a pulpit doesn’t cut it. Jesus’ church gets dirty, goes to the crack houses, loves on the drug addicts, gives hope to the hopeless, shelter to the homeless, and joy to a child’s heart.
The church that Jesus died for is unstoppable and connected to one spirit with one purpose. When we look upon God’s kingdom on Earth we see lives changing, communities transforming, families restored and addicts delivered. These are some of the great things of God that is beyond our control and only truly taking place where Jesus is the head and lead shepherd.
As we look around our community and into the face of many broken people we see the captives of this world. We need to get on the offensive, go face to face with the enemy and storm his playground; amen!
Join us any Saturday or Sunday as we Take it to the Streets – all for His Honor and Glory!! We go in the name of Jesus and no other name!