The Effect Prayer and Being Present Has on a Troubled Community

Films / USA

About The Film

This film was produced in partnership with The Ogilve Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary.  During our first conversation with Joy we quickly realized their was a wealth of knowledge and lessons we could learn.  We spent a week just outside Sacramento, CA following Joy and her team around.  She has spent her life engaging with her community in an effort to put “faith into action.” You can learn more at Life Matters, Inc.


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[location: USA, length: 5:07]

A story about the impact of consistent prayer and presence on a community.  [location: USA, length: 5:07]

This film was produced in partnership with The Ogilve Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary.  During our first conversation with Joy we quickly realized their was a wealth of knowledge and lessons we could learn.  We spent a week just outside Sacramento, CA following Joy and her team around.  She has spent her life engaging with her community in an effort to put “faith into action.” You can learn more at Life Matters, Inc.


We’re working to serve ministry leaders & pastors. Click to learn more.


Joy:
This is the North Highlands area, just outside Sacramento. This used to be a very thriving area springing from, mostly from McClellan Air Force Base. The base closed and since the closure, the whole of the community, economically, was impacted because all the jobs left. I have been living in the vicinity of this area for close to 20 years. I was a part of a Ministry, but felt there was more that we could do to invest ourselves in the community around us we looked around and noticed in every direction there was an apartment complex. I felt I heard the Lord say, this is the place and these are the people. When we came to Logan Park, we knocked on their door and said, “If you would let us, we’d love to come in and do women’s bible study. And they said to us, “It would be great to have you come. If you would also staff and run the after school program, skill development classes, those kinds of things out of our community center, we would love to have you come.” So we came and we did do the women’s bible study, but more than anything else the traction that really took hold was the after school program where we involve ourselves in the children, uh, helping them with their academics. We have boys clubs, girls clubs, those kind of things. When we cam here, Logan Park was riddled with crime, a lot of gang violence, child prostitution. There was a darkness different than the nighttime. Prayer is the key I believe, that has gotten us every place that we are.

Joy Prayer:
We pray Lord God in the name of Jesus. Send your angels now God, to surround, Oh God, each household.

Joy:
We prayed for 52 weeks and at the end it was like a veil of darkness receded 
as though that blanket had been lifted up of this community. I guess my preference is to be quiet, sitting at home, reading a book, but the needs of others pulls me out of myself. Some of the needs of the community, here at Logan Park, include the basic needs of food and clothing. So, once every week we give out groceries, bags of groceries to everybody who comes; anyone who comes. These are people who, perhaps, thought they were the forgotten. The castaways

Young Lady:
"So I just take one of these?"

Joy:
I come from this background. I am the eldest of 12 children. We lived in low-income housing and there were people who came by, like maybe Christmas, everybody wants to come and be a blessing around holidays. But, they were just here and gone; never a face, never a hand, never a heart that stayed. For us the success is in being here. "Food Giveaway Ms. Emma." It is very important for there to be consistent presence.

Joy:
"God bless you precious."

Lady:
"God bless you."

Joy:
This is a life investment because Christ invested His life for us, not from afar but up close and personal. He got into the mess with us. It is a formidable foe to replace hopelessness with hope. We have continued to blanket it with prayer and we have continued to see the Lord respond to those prayers.

Joy Prayer:
In the name of Jesus, we pray for wisdom. We pray that we do not get ahead of you and we do not lag behind you, God. And so, we lift up households now. Households and families, oh God, who would normally go a different way. In the name of Jesus, put them in sync now God with your timing. Let them not worry about the things that have passed, or worry about what is ahead. Let them rest now, rest now and that rest, oh God, will bring peace, peace into every household, peace into every household. In Jesus' name. Hallelujah.

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