An 8 year old boy was struck by a stray AK-47 Bullet in St. Thomas Community. My husband’s heart was broken and then set on fire. I’ve been able to watch God show Himself to us and just how big He is! First, God put Corey Hicks in our path and so the three of us met for lunch. Corey is the founder of Urban Reach. The calling gained clarity. We were going to do a community outreach by providing a fun family friendly environment to allow Jesus to overflow our hearts and love on the city. Peace, Love, & Hope Fest: Restoring Faith in the City. Music. Free Water. A Bouncy House. Face painting. Simple. We had a few weeks to put it together.
My husband and I pursued, pretty persistently a quaint park in the center of St. Thomas Community. There were lots of phone calls, emails, and failed interests. We just couldn’t seem to confirm anything. I was concerned about the costs. Parks were expensive to rent and various permits would be needed. The days were closing in on being able to obtain permits, gather supplies, and find volunteers. We just could not secure this location. So, we prayed over the park. “Dear God, open doors” and did He!?
The Lead Pastor at Vintage Church had a simple suggestion for us. Hold the outreach event on August 29, the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This was the same day that Katrina10.org has a city wide volunteer initiative. My husband called them up to inquire. Next thing we knew, we had secured Annunciation Park, a much bigger location. Free. K10 applied for the permits for us, will feed our volunteers, and provide some supplies. Fast forward to this week, we have 150 volunteers signed up and so many supporters who have donated water, Popsicles, and supplies. Five performers. Games. Two bouncy houses. Food. There will also be 3 outreach tables for: Written on Your Heart (Sex trafficking awareness and survivor support), Covenant House (teen homeless support) and Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatal (community organization).
This Saturday we will serve the community by providing a free family friendly event. This is an incredible opportunity to overflow with love to share with others! Even so, I think the three of us are showing our nerves. It’s overwhelming how God can plant something on your heart and make it bigger than you even considered. Please pray!
Dear God, Holy Moley! Thank you for using us. Thank you for all your provisions. I pray for August 29th. I pray that you will use us to touch the community. I pray that you will protect the volunteers and guests at the event. I pray for pleasant weather. I pray for the leadership and partnership between my husband and Corey. Please strengthen their spiritual armor and protect them both. I also pray for boldness and Holy Spirit guidance. Most of all I pray that hearts will be open to you and relationship opportunities through the Grace of Jesus. I pray that you bring us many ones to share your love with. In His name. Amen.