Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday Synopsis

I know that I have been M.I.A. for the past few days, but there has bee a real burden on my heart to do something about the recent increase in violence in our community, so I have been busy trying to organize and assemble the local pastors together to address this issue.

Last night, about 40 pastors of various color, creed, culture, and church congregated at BBC on last night. The meeting was for all of us to express our concerns and then engage our congregations in 40 days of prayer and fasting. I believe that there were those in attendance who were very excited about this effort, and looking to move forward.

I told the group that this was a starting point and that God would move on our behalf and do something great in our community. It is my sincere belief that if we are consistent with this first effort, we will be consistent in future endeavors. Often times we are passionate starters, but poor finishers.

I have so much to say. My heart is full and my mind is racing 100 miles a minute. I just believe that God is starting revival in our area, and I am so humbled and honored that He is allowing me to participate.

I am also very happy about our new President Elect, Barack Obama! I was so overwhelmed with emotions when the announcement was made, I could not contain myself. I spoke with my grandfather, who has told me stories about him being in World War II, being stationed in France and actually being treated like a human. He told me of his hesitance about coming home to the states to deal with hatred and oppression. He then told me, that this was the happiest day of his life.

I am also happy because our nation is beginning to grow up. I am extremely pleased to say that no longer can we use race as an excuse not to succeed! If a black man can make it to the President, anything is possible. I pray that this election will energize the black community in a way far greater than we have ever seen before. I told a group of people that Barack Obama doesn't just represent blacks, he represents Hope!! My only concern is that our new President does not become for some a synonym for Jesus Christ.

I have so much more to say, but I have to come off of this mountain and go back into the valley. I'm about to get ready to attend the funeral of another one of our young black men who has been senselessly murdered. Please pray for Pastor Andre McGhee as he has the task of preaching this funeral. Be Blessed!!


Fitts said...

Wow, my brother, you are really in the trenches. I figured you had to be busy since I had not heard from you.

I have not ceased a day from praying for you, your congregation and the community where you serve since hearing about this recent increase in violence.

I commend your efforts to work and pray with other Pastors in and around the community.

Lastly, I have already prayed for McGhee and the family of the deceased, that God would use this gathering to bring healing to the bereaved and glory to His name.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58

Grace & Peace,


Pastor Rev. Ray E. Owens said...

Spoon, I am excited and engaged to tackle this problem head-on by the power of God. I pray for you as God is leading you and others in this effort. We have no desire to be a chief but certainly count myself and Macedonia in as one of the indians.


Pastor Whitherspoon

I commend you in your efforts to bring all concerned community pastors together to search for a solution to combat this senseless violence.

I to look forward to seeing GOD operate through our newly elected president.

My prayers are with my pastor during funeral service.

GOD Bless~~~

Brother Wilson

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Spoon, I am so proud of the steps you are taking to make South Bend a safer place for kids. Standing at the forefront of a movement is never easy, appreciation rarely comes even from the ones you are helping, but I know your heart and you kept pressing and watch God honor your life. God be praised!!!


Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

I am excited for you my brother! I commend you on a valiant effort to corral our religious leadership together to combat the problem of violence in our community. You know you can count on me to help in every way.

Thanks for sharing with me during the funeral of one of our young people. Your presence meant more than I can say. Thanks!!!