Wednesday afternoons are times of prayer and fasting at Street LIFE Ministries. We engage our Father in conversation and petitions to send His church to reach those on the streets of New York City. Often, our requests are that people will hear the call and with deep conviction, come to be the ones to go after the one (#B12Reach1).
Stephanie heard that call all the way from the cornfields of Ohio. The Lord was speaking NYC to her. In her own words she wrote, “Late winter the Lord clearly spoke to me that I was to go to Street LIFE this summer. Wisely I chose to say yes and prepared to write David to ask when I could come. I received an email that very day from David asking if we were bringing a team! That was confirmation.” At the end of the trip, she wrote about it this way, “This week my prayer was answered several ways. My heart was filled up as I was able to minister with my team and observe THEM being in different places loving people and counting on God to guide them. What a joy!”
Thank you for your prayers today during our Pride Parade Outreach.
Our mission is first to please Jesus and bring the Presence of the Lord at the parade. To represent Him, letting His great light shine in the darkness. Secondly to connect with people and in a gentle, unobtrusive way. We are not protesting or preaching, instead listening and getting to know men’s and women’s stories. As there are openings, we will share what we feel God is highlighting and speaking, and we will offer to pray for them.
One transgender male we met last year shared, “If there was a God who would whisper in someone’s ear to go help someone else who was hurting- that’s the kind of God I would want to believe in.” We believe this God exists and is sending us to do just that! Please continue praying for our team and for those we have met. #StreetLIFEMinistries #B12Reach1
Women are finding freedom from prostitution. Bible studies now take place in the brothels. Men weep and repent of their unfaithfulness. Backslidden pastors and church leaders who find themselves on the run or in the streets are strengthened to follow Jesus once again. Lives are being changed; both those who go on the trip and those whom we serve.
Music and drama are used to engage men and women at the bus stop, rehabs, favelas, center city, brothels, etc. in order to share the hope and grace found in Jesus. Whether addicted, homeless, living in prostitution, or simply longing for more in life, all are embraced and encouraged toward our great God. Local partners follow up with those we meet to connect them to healthy communities.
You can reach those on the streets of Brazil too, take the challenge and be one to reach one #B12Reach1 through sending us out with your prayers and finances.
We'll keep you posted on prayer requests/updates as able. Thanks!
"People are hungry for more than just food, they're hungry for people to just invest a little more time in them." Hear Gary's story of how he chose to go after the one at Tompkins Square Park. Be a part of investing in someone's life today. Give now!
Update from Brazil:
There is much I could say, but what has touched me the most was hearing a testimony of a woman who has come out of the brothels and is now loving and following Jesus. She was actually about to commit suicide when a team knocked on her door in the brothel! They found a spot in a nearby home for women, and it was the only opening they had. She went on to tell us how she had a life-threatening disease from "the life" that God miraculously healed her of! The doctors had no explanation. Now she is filled with joy and sharing the goodness of God with others! Truly He gives beauty for ashes. Today we are having a baby shower for another woman, then we'll be worshipping and ministering in the red-light district. Please keep praying!
Be One to Reach One | Jamaica Prayer Station
Christopher came up to the Prayer Station and just broke down in tears. He was grieving because he hasn't seen his son in over a year, and the fact that Father's Day had just passed only made the pain worse. Jeff spent some time praying for Christopher and told us, "I prayed for him, he kneeled, and then he gave me a big hug and wouldn't let go." Before leaving he told Jeff that he somehow knew that he needed to stop at the Prayer Station even though he originally just wanted a Metro Card. Jeff said, "I told him I will never forget him and would continually pray for him."
This week we had three #outreach teams at several locations throughout the city! What an awesome week it's been, lives were touched and changed. Stay tuned for more testimonies later this week.