I have been in ministry for a number of years. I have done city ministry for most of my life. However there are still things that I have yet to experience. The story I am about to tell is one of those things.
I am reading through a book entitled The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, in this book he talks about how before his ministry ever took off he walked about 4+ miles around where his church would be (he is a church planter in DC).
Fast-forward 15 years after that walk, the area in which he traveled has been impact by his ministry. NOW in reading this I didn’t think, wow if I do that I wonder if I can also have what he has. (1) It doesn’t work like that, (2) I don’t know/want what he struggled with to get where he is now and (3) God has a unique plan for each and I would be foolish to think otherwise.
However, I prayed that day for the city of Trenton, then motived by my growing heart I decided to set out on a prayer walk. My goal was simple walk a part of the city (which is only 7 square miles SO although I am out of shape I would make it at some point) and pray. What God open my eyes to that day was so much more… As I mapped out my walk it was about 3.5 miles on Google maps. I plotted out my course, wrote down the names of which streets I would be turning on. I would start from the church and circle back around.
Well what actually happened is I wrote the wrong street name down and ended up walking about 1.5 miles further than I expected (YES a total of 5 miles). Nonetheless it was an awesome experience. Along my travels I saw two guys who attend our church. They walked a portion of the journey with me, sharing stories and introducing me to EVERYONE they knew. I prayed with people right on the street and I encouraged a number of people with God’s great love for them. 3+ hours later after being tired and drained physically, I was excited and pumped emotionally and spiritually. I had spoken with so many different people, I even spoke Spanish to several people.
I have decided to make this a habit. To find myself on the pulse of the city I need to be in the city. So I look forward to my Thursday walks. In fact I told the church that I will be doing them and several people came to me after service and said they would love to go with me. We may build a little praying team to go out from this.
God is so good and I am truly excited about what He is doing in Trenton NJ!
What passion has God given you to pursue? How are you growing your heart for that passion?