On Sunday I was able to participate in a prayer walk around Coronado (crazy how we don’t have Bible study and my church ends up doing that) and I was super excited about doing it with my Gospel community at school. I told some people and sure enough a small group of seven gathered outside of the main offices that are famous for having bathroom tile walls.
We walked around the perimeter of Coronado, stopping to pray when specific things came to mind: teachers, people, events. A cheer clinic/camp for younger kids was just ending as we rounded one corner and families slowly trickled from the gymnasium. Potential victims. Leave it to a girl to be more manly than I and be the first to ask someone if we could pray for them… Everyone was very kind and we prayed over many small children and their families.
We decided to walk inside the school since the doors were wide open and found a janitor to pray for. Except he prayed for us! Turns out he is a reverend at a local church. What a blessing it was to have the coin flipped and to be prayed for. We walked to many teacher’s rooms and prayed for them and even left a couple of notes saying that we did so.
Overall, the experience was incredibly humbling. The faith of my friends, the faith of the families, the surprise reverend, the nearly empty school, the sincere prayers – all of it was God revealing portions of himself to us. I didn’t expect it take more than forty-five minutes, but we were there for an hour and a half! The Kingdom of God was so beautiful, even in our simple gestures of prayer.
I cannot wait to prayer walk at Coronado again and work toward the new goal of praying specifically for every single teacher. God’s plans are not finished. No, much power is yet to be poured out.
Today was awesome. I was able to experience the final town hall meeting and city council hearing concerning the local tent city.
Several months ago the zoning committee found it illegal to have a shelter in an area zoned as “heavy industrial”. The conclusion was repealed and brought before the city council who, in turn, did much research, met with many people, and put much thought into the pressing issue. Today’s final meeting was the only one I attended (I even skipped school) throughout the whole process and it was a delightful experience!
Six believers from my school, Felix (from last week!), and I met at 6:30 for breakfast at a small Mexican restaurant to enjoy some wonderful breakfast burritos and pancakes. We made it to city hall a few minutes late and had to sit in a small room and watch the meeting occur on a projector because there were so many people expressing their concern over the fate of tent city!
After many speeches, many questions, several recesses, and some rest at Grace’s, we found ourselves at city hall one last time. The crowds had thinned out by 1:30, and we were finally able to sit in the large room where the discussion actually took place. One of the council members was gone for a funeral, so it would take all six members present to overturn the zoning committee’s conclusion and allow tent city to continue. Everyone had to vote the same way!
Well that wasn’t really a problem. All morning powerful speeches had been made that affirmed the public’s obvious stance on the issue: tent city is a valuable resource available for the homeless and should continue to be a source of security, community, and progress.
The whole room erupted in clapping a cheers, followed by a mass exodus. Now that the tent city conflict was resolved and righteousness was preserved, nobody wanted to stay for the rest of the boring agenda.
Bible study was pretty good. The burgers were good, the worship was good, the lesson was good, and the fellowship was good. It was a little awkward, however. Grace graced us with a lesson on God’s use of our weaknesses and how he has a plan even when we only see chaos. It was good, but what came afterward was great.
A few friends and I somehow met up with each other and went to see this man who sells newspapers every Sunday named Felix. Rachel has been visiting with him every week for a while now, and the evidence of her impact on him is enormous! He finds so much joy and hope in her consistency and faith!
Anyways, there were about six of us all sitting there chatting with him. He told us about how a man had bought him out of newspapers (41 I think), which allowed Felix to break the corner record of newspapers sold by reaching 100 papers! He told us a little about his life and his church background – turns out he grew up in the same church that three of the guys with us currently attend!
I’m not really sure what God is trying to tell me by allowing Bible study to be a little dry tonight but by allowing our talk with Felix to be so real. Could it be that our Gospel community’s purpose reaches past the walls of our high school? I’m sure we’ll all find out soon! Whatever it is God has planned – it’s gonna be big!
A few of my fellow believers from Coronado and I were planning on going to the corn maze this Saturday evening, but it seems God had other plans. We ended up back at Ellen’s house, after eating pizza, baking cookies, and playing ping pong, watching a very inspiring documentary: Beware of Christians
It’s basically about four college students who decide to give up on Christianity as a religion and pursue Jesus the way it was meant to be by traveling to Europe and examining everything they were told in America. Instead of Christianity being the norm, they were faced with all sorts of disbelief, immorality, and spiritual misconceptions, allowing them to look back at American Christianity without being right in the middle of it.
I think all five of us were inspired to take our Coronado Church to the next level of relationship with God.
A few friends and I have gotten into the habit of randomly calling each other and asking if that person (or group of people) would like to go to a park or a house and pray. It’s odd, because I’ve never done anything like spontaneous prayer until this year, but it’s just a fantastic way to meet in the name of Jesus.
Last night as three friends and I gathered to go to a park and pray we began discussing God’s grace and how it worked into the Law of the Old Testament. We eventually moved on and shared our thoughts and read scripture on topics as clear as God’s grace and as vague as demonic forces. Pretty soon it was two hours later and we had never left the house to go pray!
Even without our original mission being completed, the four of us grew immensely together. Even though some of us were experienced Christians and some were relatively new, every person benefited spiritually. Not only were we all blessed with greater understanding of God and his characteristics, but we bonded extremely well, securing our friendships and defining them by God’s glory.
Spontaneous prayer – try it sometime!