This morning, Steve, Don, Dennis and myself felt led to go to a poorer community. On the way, three stars caught my eye. Steve and Dennis went one direction and Don and I headed towards an old, rundown, empty building on a corner. We prayed for the structure and for the people who came would bring life into all they interacted with. As we walked down the street, we noticed the sidewalks were broken and buckled. We believed it was a representation of what was going on in this neighborhood. About halfway down the street, we saw a female leaving one of the homes. She was walking too quickly to catch up to her, so we asked the Lord to cross our paths again because I felt led to pray for her.
At the end of the block, a yellow building was under construction. It looked like a building they were remodeling. We prayed it would shed light into the community. As we were making the block I looked up and noticed the leaves on the tree were diseased. We repented on behalf of our brothers and sisters living in the area. Then, we asked for the Lord to heal the land and for the tree’s shadow to heal anyone who came in contact with it.
On the next corner was a business entitled Grandpa’s Computer Shop. The sign on the door said it was closed until noon. As we prayed for the three generations represented, the Lord gave me a vision of pillars. We didn’t know if the owner was a pillar for his family or for the community, but prayed for all he touches to gain their support from Christ and not from people or things.
The houses appeared newer as we were heading back towards the car on the other side of the block. However, I saw a retaining wall made up of cinder blocks with rocks placed in the middle them. Don explained it should have been filled with concrete in order to avoid the water from seeping in and destroying the foundation. As we took in our surrounding, we assessed the first side of the block we went down was dead due to the pour foundation they laid and the next generation was already crumbling as a result. We prayed into this revelation.
We approached a yellow X on the sidewalk on the corner. The house adjacent to the sidewalk had it’s blinds closed and it had three pillars on the front porch. There was also a bicycle leaned against it. We prayed for all barriers to be broken and for this younger generation to rely on God rather than on themselves. We also prayed they would pour into their children so they could break the curse of poverty and disease.
We noticed a Wisconsin State flag with a painted rock beside it beside a garage. The rock had a picture of the state and the rock itself was slanted and raised up. It reminded me of the question Kyle asked during one of his sermons…do you elevate tradition over God’s truth?
We went inside Marathon Counseling Center. We prayed and went through the scripture with the secretary. As we headed back towards the car, we saw a house that appeared to be build in the early 1900’s. It appeared vacant; however, the window in the attic was blacked out and it had a skull in it. In the yard were numerous diseased trees full of seeds. We prayed for revival and for healing of the land so the seeds would be healthy as they littered the ground.
Right when we got to the vehicle, we looked up and saw the young lady we had prayed I would have another opportunity to encounter. As it turns out, her last name is Star and three other groups had already prayed for her this week! She was hungry, so we brought her to the noontime church.