This summer we have seen God answering prayer in big ways as we come together as a Body of believers to cry out in unison. On May 27th we launched the Chicago Peace Campaign in the Roseland Community...
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Putting faith into action: Feedback from the most recent Pray Roseland outreach on May 7th
During Resurrection Sunday, churches in the far Southwest side of Chicago rallied together to cry out for "NO MURDERS IN CHICAGO ON EASTER SUNDAY!" Churches in Beverly and Morgan Park had begun to host educational and employment workshops, as well as prayer services and round-table discussions with partnering churches, many who have had to bury their own teenagers. The Chicago Tribune has already recorded 135 violent deaths in 2016. Check out the article here.
As many of us observed Holy Week, we are reminded of the power of the Resurrection that we celebrate on Sunday. Christ defeated death and sin once and for all. However, many times we celebrate this day without the full realization of what Christ's resurrection means for us today. It means our sins our forgiven, yes. It means death no longer is the victor, yes. BUT it also means that Christ's power in his resurrection is able to stop the violence that plagues our cities today. It has been over a year since Chicago has had one full day of no shootings or homicides. Many of us have given up or lost hope. This cannot be our end.
After tons of praying for no murders on Sunday, we can praise God for NO MURDERS ON EASTER SUNDAY! The Tribune reported 1 dead, and 36 wounded in the weekend alone here. Yes, this is a small victory over the violence in our city, but it is a reminder that when the Church rallies together and prays, God can do things beyond our own power and limitation. Jesus conquered the grave and he is more than capable of defeating the violence and shootings in our city.
We hope and pray that we will keep on praying and entering into the gaps in our community and city. Our hope is not in no violence, but in Christ to do his will.
- PrayChicago Team
Words from Marcenia Richards from the aftermath of all that Chicago has gone through.
When New York City Prayed for Chicago - Update from Dr. John Fuder.
In the short time that we've been in the city (since 2004), I can confidently say that PrayChicago is the most effective move of God that brings churches together across racial and neighborhood boundaries to worship, pray and cry out to our Lord for the benefit and blessing of our city.
Two weeks after PrayChicago in the Northside - The Tribune headlines continued to read "Violence, out of control" and "The Most Violent Month of the Year". Here are some thoughts from Dr. Fuder amidst the growth of PrayChicago, yet the continual violence in our city.
Pray Chicago is a great movement of prayer, gathering God's people from many "tribes and tongues" and from many different neighborhoods and denominations in the Name of Jesus. We watch and pray and work and wait to see God's Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
I Love Pray Chicago. It is such a tremendous blessing to get together and pray with people from all over our great city.
Proverbs 16:24 states, Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.