On May 1, 2018, the YMCA, the New Canaan Society and Love Out Loud hosted Come Alive Winston-Salem, our fifth annual community prayer breakfast at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. CLICK HERE for more information on this year's speaker, Cynthia Garrett.
Everyone attending was deeply moved by the story of the Boulos family; click below to hear about the prayer and faith that carried them through some very difficult days. The Boulos' are now giving back to other young cancer patients and their families. You can find out more on how you can be involved at www.hopeandlovefoundation.org
For more videos of previous prayer breakfasts, click on the images below.
Prayer Storm was an amazing day of believers coming together from across our community on March 19, 2016. Check out some of the pictures by clicking on the image below. CLICK HERE for an article in the Winston-Salem Chronicle on Prayer Storm.
Watch the video below for the heart behind Prayer Storm:
"A sleeping world emerges to new possibilities,
weakening winter's icy grip,
and birdsong and bleating lamb
announce to all the promise
that in due season
creation bursts into life.
And whilst leaves that fell in winter
lie upon the ground,
soon to feed the earth,
in nature's wondrous cycle
of death and rebirth,
within the tree is a stirring of new growth." (www. Faithandworship.com)
As we begin a new season, we must give pause and reflect on the learning's from our previous season. What seeds did we sow? Are we ready for a new harvest? Are we prepared for the new possibilities that God will bring forth in our new season? Give Pause today and do self inventory, your own "spring cleaning" as we enter into a new season full of possibilities, while being attentive to the voice of God in full bloom.
SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS: 04.10.17
I have read Isaiah 58 many times, but recently had a new revelation as I was discussing it with a group. God tells us in this chapters of Isaiah that He desires us to set the oppressed free, clothe the naked, feed the hungry and give shelter to the wanderer. We hear this and agree that what God is calling us to is good. But we fear that if we "spend [our}selves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed" (v.10), we will just be too exhausted, our families will suffer, we will be tired and have no joy. But this chapter also tells us that if we do this, God will bring breakthroughs, healing, answers, guidance, satisfaction, strength and so much more.
Verse 11 says "He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." And if we think about the people we know who "spend" themselves on behalf of others, they usually are the ones with the most peace, satisfactions, strength, and joy in their lives. As I read this chapter I realized that it is not that people who's lives are filled with these characteristics go on to spend themselves on behalf of others... but rather, those who spend themselves on behalf of others receive these blessings, and experience a deeper relationship with God. I realized that I will always have excuses of why not to love and serve those in need, but I must trust God's promise that fulfillment and closeness with God will increase as we spend ourselves.
More reflection with spoken word poetry by: Micah Keita Bournes