Saturday has come and gone and I can only imagine the disappointed folks that came out to find only an empty lot where there was supposed to be a community outreach.
For all of you I talked to on Saturday morning while I was setting up for the event, you know we were there working hard. To the church Trustee I talked to on Saturday, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I believe you care about your community and in the words of your church’s mission statement regarding unity in the body of Christ. Like you, I too hoped that we could build on this day to bring greater things to our communities together.
I’ve had a few folks since ask me, “why were you trying to minister down there anyway?” I know what they were implying, and to be honest, as Christians we should be way above that thinking now that we’ve been set free. If I need to give a reason to be there I guess it is this; When I was a much younger man I used to do other things in that same area. We’d drink, fight, do drugs and all other kinds of foolishness. Now that I’ve come to live for Jesus, I want to see him glorified in the places where we used to live for Satan. I suppose that’s one reason why I have a love for this area. If folks think I may be the wrong color to love that neighborhood, I pray God give you revelation on that.
I just want all you who were disappointed to know that we did not quit on you. We were there and we were moving forward to have a great day with you all just sharing the love of Jesus. According the the Brevard City Police, a certain Pastor ordered us to stop ministry, leave or be arrested. We’re sorry Pastor’s heart is as such but we can’t change a man’s heart. Only Jesus can do that. We’ve forgiven and moved on to have a great day elsewhere. I am grateful for those of you who were able to make it out to be with us regardless of how difficult it was made to be.
Pastor’s church whom I will not name here has their Church Covenant posted publicly so others can read and understand the high standard they hold for themselves. I realize Pastor hasn’t been there a great deal of time, but I wonder if he has bothered to at least study these words before making his decisions to prohibit children from being fed or the Gospel being preached on “his” block? Here’s their covenant. You judge for yourself if Pastor is walking the walk or just giving lip service;
- We will seek understanding and resolution to any differences that might keep us from being united in our service to the Lord.
- We will seek to recognize our roles in the Church and to collaborate with other congregations in the body of Christ to broaden our ability to minister throughout the world.
- We will create a loving environment which affords the opportunity for us to teach, witness and counsel in ways that bring us all closer to Christ and add fullness to our lives.
- We will approach the unapproachable, touch the untouchable and love the unlovable, meeting them where they are and helping them to move to where they need to be.
- We will be good stewards of our finances, facilities and natural resources for they are blessings from God. We will not be wasteful and destructive but willing to share in the relief of people in need and to invest in the spreading of the gospel.
- We will persistently study to learn God’s word so that the revelation of His Kingdom is affirmed in our lives and so that we may be obedient to His will.
- We will stand on God’s Word and speak out against injustice.
I pray you all be blessed and look for us again in the area. Remember, We love you. Jesus loves you, and there isn’t anything you can do about it!
Rev. John Galloway