I recently got the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero and to stand on the hallowed ground that claimed so many lives that fateful day. It brought such a reminder to my heart of the strength and goodness of the human spirit, and of the darkness that is covering the earth more and more every day.
I feel the stirring in my Spirit… We as followers of Christ must step up, be alert and pray for the truth to be revealed in all areas and places of the earth. I am proud to be an American. I am thankful to live in a country that is founded on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the freedom to worship Him. Yet, how easily we in the day to day of our lives, begin to forget what a privilege that truly is.
Friends, we must pray today for Israel and the Middle East. Christians are being murdered in Iraq and Syria. (And around the world) Women and children are being captured and sold into slavery. Israel is under constant attack from Hamas and the people of Gaza are paying the price for Hamas’ actions.
We cannot get comfortable in the safety and security of our own nation, we cannot take advantage of the freedoms we are offered. We must rise for the injustice and pray for God to intervene. We must pray for our President to act with wisdom and be led by the Spirit of God.
I challenge you today to pray with me. We can make a difference! Our fight isn't in the natural, it is in the Spirit.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. STAND” (Ephesians 6:10-13)
On Tuesday, August 5th over 20 volunteers from both Coitsville and Boardman Campus' came out and braved the rain to bless ESA Park Apartments on the East Side of Youngstown. Victory Compassion Ministries was able to join with Spanish Evangelical Church and the owners of ESA to bless over 75 of the kids and families of ESA with new backpacks for school, bounce arounds, pony rides and good food.
Education is one of the strongest ways to break the cycle of poverty in a child's life. There was one sweet little boy in particular who came up and picked a backpack and was actually hugging it after he received it. It was such a precious moment.
Thank you to all who prayed, gave and served this incredible outreach! You are making an important difference in our community.
If you would like to know about other serving opportunities within Youngstown please contact Victory Compassion Ministriesor stop by the booth in the lobby.
VCC has been building a relationship with ESA Apartments on the East Side for a year now. Last Christmas we did a Christmas box for the kids, an Easter Egg hunt in the spring and now we would like to bless the kids and families of this community by donating 100 backpacks for school in the fall. As many of you know, education is one of the best ways to overcome poverty, but without the proper tools, it can be even more difficult to break the cycle. We would like to be the answer in not only helping these kids do well in school, but also by blessing them and showing them the love of Jesus.
All are welcome!