On April 27th, we had our first gathering as a group of believers, called to reach and serve the South Winston area. Over 70 adults and children gathered in the Pegram’s back yard. The smell of the grill, laughter and conversation filled the air.
Many families met for the first time, gathering for a common purpose in hopes for the future of building a new church to reach new people.
Pastor Toby gave an encouraging word from Acts 1-2, inspiring the crowd to follow the example of the early church in prayer.
“You don’t see the first church creating a building and inviting people to come,” Pastor Toby said, “rather they met to pray and waited on God.” Pastor Toby also shared about a “Big God Movement” like Pentecost in the early church, only occurring after the people had prayed for 10 days.
Given the challenge of prayer, everyone divided in groups and prayed aloud for unity among the group, a love for the people in South Winston, and for a “God Movement” to reach the people there. “It was incredible to see so many people gathered in the Pegram’s yard lifting praise and requests to God” said one member.
Many left that night feeling the sense of community, inspired to reach the South Winston area.
Look for updates to come for our next meeting in Washington Park to prayer walk.