April-June Newsletter 2008
In the days preceding Billy Graham’s last crusade in New York City, I had the privilege of heading up a team of volunteers who served the residents of that city in a variety of different ways. The Life Connections’ team joined with mission teams from all over the United States as the Body of Christ demonstrated the love of God through acts of service and kindness. Though our team was only a small part of something much larger, all who participated sensed God’s blessing as the Church came together as one. It was an amazing time.
This experience in New York only served to underscore a calling upon our ministry that began to unfold over 10 years ago . . . a calling to facilitate multi-faceted events that would unite the Body of Christ with acts of service, worship and prayer. At Life Connections, we refer to these events as Bring Life Events.
At the very center of every Bring Life Event is a heart-felt demonstration of unity between local churches and ministries as the host city is blanketed with visible evidence of God’s love for all humanity. Each church and ministry flows within it’s specific calling as we sponsor prayer summits, worship events, film festivals, pastor conferences and workshops. In so doing, new relationships are developed, the community of believers is encouraged and strengthened, and the Body of Christ learns to walk as one.
Beginning May 1st, and ending May 11th, Life Connections is sponsoring a Bring Life Event called Pray of Los Angeles 2008. There will be multiple prayer gatherings in various locations around the city, including a Pastor Prayer Summit on May 6th-7th. We will host the 2nd annual Pray for LA 5K on May 3rd. There will also be a variety of opportunities for people to serve those in need.
It is our hope and prayer that from this Bring Life Event will develop long-term relationships between pastors of different churches and ministry leaders. We pray that a fire of unity would be lit that would continue burning for many years to come; that Los Angeles would truly become a visible answer to Jesus’ prayer when He asked the Father that those who followed Him might be “perfected in unity, that the world may know that You sent Me, and that You love them, even as You have loved Me” (John 17:23).
This is the calling upon Life Connections . . . to Bring Life. Please pray for us as we step into this calling . . . as the Lord stretches us in delightfully new ways. And as always, thank you for your continued support as we go forth and Bring Life to the nations!