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MINISTRY UPDATE CHICAGO
We are committed to sharing the gospel rejoicing in it's transforming power. Demaj is a young man, 14, who at a camping trip last summer prayed to receive the Lord! A transformed heart and a new spirit is hard to hide and it wasn't long before family, friends and teachers began to wonder at Demaj.
This former angry, fighting boy who was failing school became kinder, gentler and began using his influence to encourage Church, even bringing his Bible to School. His faithfulness in Church was noted by his family who saw an opportunity to unload their children for the day. Demaj willingly babysits a hoard of siblings and cousins each Sunday. Demaj's entourage of children and youth each week is extraordinary. Curtis has taken on the role of discipleship and holds a youth boys Bible Study. We see the Holy Spirit active in Demaj's life.
He shared that he was wresting with attending a house party where drugs and alcohol would be present but finally decided to spend Friday at his home because he felt that God would not be honored by him going! Later he learned that a fight had broken out and shots had been fired. God has surrounded Demaj keeping him safe even when an older man pulled a gun on him and threatened to kill him. Demaj's complete transformation at school from failing to thriving from suspension and disregard for the rules to a courteous, self-controlled young man has astounded his teachers and principal.
Melody Elementary School Principal Ms. Tillman reached out to our Church and we have begun partnering with her. Our children's workers are called to the school when children are unresponsive, violent or need to talk. We have been encouraged to hold prayer meetings at the school and share the gospel in our counseling sessions with children. On the first day of school our Pastor and Church members were invited to host a prayer gathering on school grounds to pray for the staff, the children and the parents as they entered for a new school year. The testimony of the children whose lives have been transformed by God and the ministry of our Church is a testimony to the power of our Lord here in Garfield Park! Pray for Demaj, pray for his family that struggles with poverty and unimaginable pain and for all of our children who live transformed lives in evil, dark places to shine for the glory of God.