I can’t believe I’ve been on board with GSAE over 10 weeks now. It’s been incredibly rewarding to make connections and network folks together who can help each other as we reach our area for Christ. We are already seeing kingdom fruit in the simple act of connecting people with people.
As we gradually move toward unity among believers in the greater Spokane area, the connections we make will continue to build a network of believers that can change our area for Christ. That said, there is so much work to do and so many opportunities to network; and yet it seems like so little time to do it! The harvest is now!
“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” ~ John 4:35 (NIV)
A few weeks ago, God placed on my heart to connect a local real estate agent with Director Mark Kadel from World Relief Spokane. The two men seemed to share a heart for the continent and people of Africa, and the agent’s office was near the World Relief Spokane offices on N. Washington. The connection fo the two men seemed to make sense. The real estate agent offered to invite a businessman friend to the meeting, as he shared some of the same interest in foreign mission work. Within a week or two after our meeting, this new friend of mine hosted a World Relief refugee family as they settled in Spokane! This wasn’t at all my original intent of the meeting; our big God had a divine appointment in mind.
Another example? Bellingham, Washington. Light of the World Prayer Center in Whatcom County has been working for 10 years to build a prayer network encompassing seven “spheres” of their community. You can check out their current prayer request list here: http://lowpc.org/prayerlist/
They have developed a network of churches that each take one day of every month. So let’s say Christ Church takes the 17th. On the 17th of every month, the prayer warriors of Christ Church are praying for that entire list of prayer requests, effectively bathing the Whatcom area in prayer.
Every. Single. Day.
A supporter of ours felt so strongly that I needed to see what was going on, he flew me to Bellingham to glean from them. It’s one of the most effective networks of ministry I’ve ever seen! Not only do they pray daily over the request list, but Light of the World Prayer Center then organizes activities around ways to take Jesus and His love out to the people of the area. Check out their praise report! http://lowpc.org/praisereport/
The work God wants us to do at GSAE can look overwhelming, but our God goes before us! Many, many saints have been praying over Spokane for decades, asking God for revival and transformation by the Holy Spirit. We believe the time is now! Won’t you join us?
How can you help? Our current needs list:
- Prayer support – Please add GSAE to your own personal prayer request list and/or include us in your prayer chain.
- Church support – There are 400+ churches in our area. If half of the churches donated annually to help the GSAE – considering that as their “cost of membership” – we’d be fully funded.
- We are looking for a sponsor for a pastor’s brunch on August 22nd.
- As we start planning events, we may need volunteer support, not just for committee work (see below), but for logistics as well (people/facilities/supplies)
- Would your church be willing to open your building for us to use for a day or evening function? Let us know! In particular, we’re thinking about Men’s Night Out evening events, pastors’ breakfasts, etc.
- We would love to see a prayer network created as part of our ministry that covers all of our community in prayer daily. We don’t know yet what this looks like, but we’d love your help!
- We need to create some committees to work toward our goals. These committees can be made up of pastors, business leaders, or others with an interest in helping the GSAE. We need a Men’s Night Out Committee to create regular men’s events, a Christian Workers Conference committee (not sure if we’ll keep that name), a pastors’ network committee (how to get you guys to talk to each other), a Spokane Mission committee (putting our faith and love into action).
Please send us your contact information if you’re interested in any of these, and above all else please pray for our community!