Its not Friday night when I get to spend time with friends, its not Sunday night at church, its not even Tuesday night Life Group (All of which – I absolutely adore!). The best night of my week is Thursday night Community Detached.
It’s the night where I get to take the gospel of Christ to a group of people who need saving, just as I once did. It’s the night where I get to be salt and light, where I get to pray for and walk around a community of people and see my “faith ACTIVATED and energised and expressed and working through love” (Gal 5:6 AMP).
Last week, as we were prayer walking around the area, an older lady standing at her door smiled at me. As I smiled back, I realised she was one of the people that received both a Christmas “Tis the Season” hamper, and Easter Eggs as part of our “Third day Giveaway.” This lady has been given the gospel, she’s been shown the love of Christ and on seeing a member of a church – SHE SMILED! What an amazing thing to see – the body of Christ activating their faith and putting a smile of someone’s face.
I didn’t get to talk to that lady yet, but I know for many others in the community the barriers and the walls they have put up against the church are coming tumbling down, because of the giveaways, because they see us on the streets each week, smiling, and because of the prayer that has gone on.
So, let’s just dispel a few myths.
- The estate is not so rough that you will get mugged, threatened or beaten up during detached! Yes, a lot of the people living there fall below the poverty line. Yes, there is crime, drugs, alcohol and abuse. But I can almost guarantee that the figures for those statistics have fallen since we started prayer walking the area 3 years ago! If you don’t believe me – come and see for yourself!
- Detached is not just for children’s workers! Detached is a community outreach, we speak to people of all ages, young and old. We pray for the WHOLE area and are seeing God change whole households!
- You will NOT be out of your depth if you come on detached! One of our main team members is Phill Elliott – having never done children’s work or worked on a “rough estate” before. Previous known as the I.T guy in our church, Phill joined the team and began to grow as he learnt more and more each week. There is a place for everyone. Your testimony might just be the testimony someone on that estate might connect with!
Going on Detached, for me, has shown me just what I already have, a gift so precious and so needing to be shared. It helps me plough even further into the things of God, so I have more to give away. It keeps me focused – I was saved out of death and destruction, and into a call, a purpose, a mission, a great commission!
Acts 1:8 says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea andSamaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
You have that power for a reason. You have that faith to be activated for a reason. If you want to be a witness in our “Jerusalem” –Salford, please email me, [email protected] or speak to me at church.