There is also information in the Newsletter that we have not shared yet here. We are very excited to share some of that with you today. One of the things we are excited about is the joy little children have in sharing the burden of City Reach. You will read about Melanie just a few paragraphs below.
Another exciting development is the possibility of adding Washington D.C. to the list of City Reach locations. That is awesome and an answer to a long term prayer. You will find that below as well.
City Reach Newsletter August, 2015
There are other things too but a real exciting nugget concerns City Reach in Wichita which is right around the corner. God is pulling a bunch of things together and it is real neat to watch Him work.
This newsletter is devoted to City Reach so there was no room for our schedule. If you are interested in where we will be, you can always see our schedule HERE.
Thank you for reading the blog today and I really hope you share today's post with your friends and family. I not only want everyone to be aware of what God is doing but I really desire folks to pray for us and City Reach. I know that God hears the fervent prayers of His righteous people!
City Reach Newsletter August, 2015
The logistics and planning for City Reach are slightly overwhelming but I have momentary glimpses of God working behind the scenes. That hope is enough to keep me believing that it will all come together. God has sent folks to "hold ropes" for us and what a blessing these friends have been and continue to be.
We are hearing from a lot of excited folks. There are churches, Pastors, missionaries, members, young people and other evangelists that are reaching out to us to encourage us on purpose concerning City Reach. Thank you, that strengthens my faith and boosts my resolve.
We really received a shot in the arm recently from a young lady from Pastor Scott Morris’ church in Richton, Mississippi. Her name is Melanie.
Melanie worked hard selling Lemonade in her front yard to raise money for City Reach. She raised $31! Folks, that turns me inside out and makes my eyes start leaking! I am completely unworthy of that kind of effort and I know it. But souls in cities across this nation are worth it and Melanie knows that. God bless her! What an encouragement!
It was really exciting to set up 200 new chairs and to pick up the new tent section in Miami, Oklahoma. The tent can now be set up as 48’x92’ and it will have room for 500 chairs inside.
Pastor Ken Taylor ask me if I would be willing to bring City Reach to the National Mall in Washington D.C. if he could secure permission and permits. I did not have to pray about that one at all because I have been praying about it for over two years! I am willing to bypass other cities I have planned to visit if I have to in order to conduct City Reach in our nation’s capital. Bro. Taylor is working on it now and we are looking at early September 2016. Several churches are very excited about that.
Home Missions Opportunity - City Reach Crew
Some churches and youth groups have expressed an interest in sending a group of young people or young at heart to be a tangible help in the actual revivals. This would be a blessing to us as well as a tremendous home missions opportunity for a group from your church.
Groups would help with canvassing communities, knocking on doors passing out flyers, intercessory prayer, working the altars, setting up and tearing down equipment, cleaning chairs, cleaning the grounds, helping with seating, distributing and collecting visitors cards and a million other things that will need to be done in each city. The possibilities are really endless and I am anxious to see all the avenues to minister that God will open to us through City Reach.
If you have any interest in forming a City Reach Crew from your group, your church or your family to join forces with us for a few days or a week in a metropolitan area near you or across the country please contact me or have your Pastor get in touch with me.
I need to know in advance. There are some cities where we will be working closely with several churches and some cities where our local help will be sparse. It would be nice if groups could rally around those areas where local help could possibly be thin, but I am sure we can put you to work in whatever City Reach you choose to attend.
Since this will be a mission effort, groups that join us and families that travel to help in City Reach would be responsible for funding their own motels, meals and travel expenses.
Because of the faithfulness of God’s people and the generosity of a few churches we are nearing 35-40% of our budget for City Reach and that is amazing. Money is an obvious part of fulfilling City Reach but it is one of the least of my concerns since it is so out of my control. It is amazing to watch God bring everything in line. Thank you to each one that has played a part in that.
Our final cities in 2016 are still fluid but we are pretty set for Phoenix April 3-15, Ft. Worth May 22, Tulsa June 12-19, Dayton, Ohio and Richmond, Indiana in July, Washington, D.C. and Nashville in September and possibly Cincinnati in August and Mobile in October. We are also working toward two locations in California. We begin with Wichita, Kansas September 6-13 THIS year.
(Since I had the Newsletter printed we have found out that a prime location for City Reach in Wichita has become available. A major corporation owns the property we desired and they were willing to let us use it for City Reach. However they had a construction project beginning on the property just a few weeks before the revival.
Bro. DiZazzo and I were willing to move on to other locations but we both felt a very strong pull to THAT particular location. That does not always mean that God is going to open that door but this time He did!
They emailed Pastor John DiZazzo and let him know the construction project has been delayed and we are welcome to use their prime location for City Reach! We have been praising God since we heard the news!
The tent will be set up just west of I-135 on the corner of Lincoln and Hydraulic right across the street from Quick Trip. We are so excited about City Reach Wichita!)
We want to take the tent to the right place at the right time every single time we set it up for City Reach. I want to be preaching on the right street, in the right neighborhood, the Word of God penetrating the right heart and at the right moment. I need God's direction.
These are exciting times. Thank you for going along for the ride. Please get in touch if you have any questions about how you or your church can be involved.