A call to the Church of San Antonio

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January 07, 2020 By Duke Jonietz

A special event for the least of these

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe them. . .”  

— Isaiah 58:6-7a

There has not been a revival or awakening in our lifetime. Most of us have only heard stories of past moves of God. We dream in our heads about what this would look like. While you are dreaming, imagine for a moment how our city would change if revival hit our community. Isaiah says that God is looking for those who are willing to take their walk to a higher level. Pure hearts and pure motives with a burning desire for God to step in and bring change are on the hearts of many in our city. What if a special event acted as the catalyst for a move of God?

For most of us, there are plenty of opportunities to attend evangelistic events, conferences and special teachings. However, Life Restored Church’s Pastor, Alex Fleming, reminds us that it would be difficult for any of us to remember a major event hosted specifically for the homeless in our city. That is about to change!

Life Restored Church

Called the VIA Metro Revival, it will be held at the VIA Centro Plaza, 909 W. Houston, on Saturday, February 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. This area is known as a hotspot for the homeless to gather and an anticipated 400 to 500 homeless will be in attendance.

Revival/Serving the Poor. “Serving the poor has been a major part of every revival,” says Pastor Alex. He goes on to say, “of course prayer always fuels revival but humbling ourselves before God is also a requirement according to 1 Chronicles 7.  I cannot think of a better way to humble ourselves other than to serve the homeless.” His hope: use this important event as a catalyst to bring revival to San Antonio.

Salt and Light People. Ten churches and ministries have already stepped up but more are needed. “It is not the government’s responsibility to care for the poor and homeless. It is our responsibility, as the church of Jesus Christ, to love on and care for our homeless population,” says Alex. “For this reason, we are looking for what I call ‘salt and light’ churches and ministries to join us; churches and ministries that preach the word and walk out the word.”

Life Restored Church
Homeless become hopeful at Life Restored
Church. They got a break from the streets
and a new chance at becoming amazing
citizens. 

He believes too many of our congregations are satisfied by serving the homeless for one or two days a year and feel like they have done their part. “Truly serving the homeless is a 24-7 commitment,” Pastor Alex says. He backs up this straight talk; Life Restored Church does exactly that. “Our doors are always open and we are always available to serve them,” he says.

Event details. This amazing event will include music, a clear gospel presentation, a prayer tent and food and drinks. Donations of blankets, clothes and shoes will be given out to those in need at the event as well. In addition, organizations that are involved in offering services to the homeless will man booths and provide information for those in attendance, inviting them to begin to take the needed initial steps to getting off the streets.

Opportunities. Training in evangelism, prayer and deliverance ministry will be provided for volunteers serving at the event. “Many of the homeless have faced a traumatic event or have never seen real love,” Pastor Alex says. “They are ripe to hear the gospel because it provides hope. Many need to be delivered from past experiences and addiction.”

A morning is better when it begins with breakfast at Life Restored Church.
A morning is better when it begins with
breakfast at Life Restored Church. 

Pastor Alex also hopes to tear down misperceptions about the homeless. “They are not lazy. They want to work. Job loss and overwhelming circumstances put them on our streets.  Most would give anything to be able to work, have a roof over their heads and food in the fridge. Most are in survival mode and therefore don’t think the same way we do”.

There are many additional ways for you to help. Funding is needed to pay for the venue and advance promotion of the event. You can donate food, blankets and gently used clothing. You can volunteer to be part of the promotional team and hand out flyers, the altar call team, prayer team or the deliverance team.

“This is a wonderful way for pastors to disciple their congregations. It provides a ‘hands on’ opportunity to apply what you are teaching your people,” Pastor Alex says.

Follow up: The ONE Challenge. As part of this firm belief, Pastor Alex is asking churches that participate to take the ONE Challenge and adopt one homeless person for the rest of the year to help them get back on their feet. “A special event is only the start of what is needed,” he says. “We need to provide ongoing help and love.”  

Revival Fire. Many of us have heard about real revival and awakening. Many are praying and crying out for God to move in our city. Could this special event, focused on the least of these, be the spark for revival to hit our community?

Two Informational Meetings. There are two opportunities for you or your church to learn more about the vision and details for the event. On Monday January 13th and 20th starting at 6:30pm at Tripoint located at 3233 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212. No reservations are needed.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SIGN UP FOR THIS IMPORTANT EVENT CONTACT:

Pastor Alex Fleming    210-810-7122    aflex7@gmail.com

Written by

Duke Jonietz

Duke Jonietz is Co-Publisher of The Beacon and has served in ministry for 20+ years.


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