Tonight, a group of folks from our church gathered in the nearby community of North Highlands to pray, dream and see what God has in store for us. The door is opening for us to launch new outreaches into these neighborhoods, which are plagued with crime of all sorts.
Earlier this year, an 18-year-old young man was killed in a drive-by shooting. Some of his relatives attend our church, and we held the funeral for Joseph. God began stirring something in the heart of our senior pastor that a door was opening to begin reaching people who would never walk into our church on a Sunday morning.
Well, after a series of setbacks and many doubts, the door has opened! But not just one door -- two opportunities have emerged. On Sunday, September 9 we'll hold a concert on the campus of a nearby high school. That's a miracle and an answered prayer.
And tonight's gathering was to pray about this second, unexpected opportunity: a small ministry that rents space in the middle of North Highlands, just blocks from where Joseph was shot and killed. Aida, the woman who is renting the facility, has been praying and praying that God would bring along a ministry partner that would help her reach more people in her community -- and we believe this is the right fit for our church and her ministry!
It was incredible tonight to hear from one guy in our church who's been clean for 137 days, and another who's been clean for 120 days, and another who's been clean for more than 3 years now. We're believing for even greater miracles and changed lives in the months ahead.