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Hopes and Dreams for the Community

By Dr. Sherry Jones — Last week in our praying for the intersections of several gun violence actions, we met with two community leaders. Ms. Angie and Mr. Ray both have decades of living in Kensington. They serve as block captains. They love their neighborhood and serve with great love and bravery. We talked about their hopes and dreams for the community; especially for the children. They both work tirelessly for clean streets, safe passage, violence reduction, and support of businesses. We prayed for them and the streets. We also prayed for Ms. Angie’s knees to be healed. These encounters are priceless when we can interact with the people where we are praying and they join us in those prayers.

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Looking to Equip a New Generation

By Dr. Sherry Jones — I met some of my former students from CUTS at some recent ministry events. One is a well known Bishop over several churches. We have been friends for many years. Another is now Executive Director of the Dell Music Center. I have such fond memories of both these students and are godly proud of their accomplishments. I write this story to say how much I am grateful to God for the part I played in each individual students’ life over the years. Oh. their accomplishments are their own, yet God had me in a minuscule part in their stories. The sovereign Lord designed it so, and I give Him the glory. I look forward to those I currently am imparting to accomplish all God has created for them to complete.

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A Peacemaker, not a Peacekeeper

By Dr. Sherry Jones — Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matt. 5:9). We were stationed to pray in four different areas where 4 or more murders have happen. We were there and police presence was noticeable. We met with street captains and a young minister who has been a peacemaker for several years, in a community called Kensington. We sat near a lot that has been turned into a safe haven for the children; filled with vegetables, fruit trees, and three chickens.  We prayed with gatekeepers, neighbors, and a peacemaker. Please note this was a peacemaker not a peacekeeper. He and his family live in the neighborhood and fight for all who live there. His work is evident, as he prayed for healing, laying on hands as he prayed. Just a note; peacemakers are people of great faith and faithfulness. Pray for Kensington, please.

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Let Transformation Begin with Me

By Dr. Sherry Jones — I came early to the Philadelphia Gospel Movement event. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with a former student, now a bishop, about the meeting. We reminisced about past times when those involved in urban ministry would meet to discuss how to fix the city. We had seen para-church, nonprofits, churches and christian leaders come and go not reaching their goal of transformation in the city. We always hope that this time it will be different. Maybe forming covenant relationships as sons and daughters of Father God, across faith streams, will heal the mistrust, remove agendas, cause forgiveness, and knit our hearts together. We must all agree “Let Revival Harvest, and Transformation begin with me.

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92 ° and Street Prayer

By Dr. Sherry Jones — It was 92 degrees that day, but I couldn’t miss our time to pray near Broad and Olney Ave. I had the opportunity to pray with a Philadelphia legend, Mother Mary Campbell. If you have interacted with city-wide  prayer groups or National Day of Prayer then you have met Mrs. Campbell.  Many of us call her Mother Mary or Mom. She is a Mother in Zion and persistent and agonizing intercessor. She prays at any time in every situation for all people. She is fearless in reaching people for Christ and she loves this city.

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God Delights in Every Step of Our Growth

By Dr. Sherry Jones — I was just sitting down for my first mug of coffee and my cell phone rings;  it was one of the women I disciple. She was so excited about reading the story of David.

This was a milestone moment. Previously she was unable to read scripture because of how a caregiver used the bible to abuse her as a child. Now, she was even able to use the words God and the Holy Spirit. Previously, she was unable to speak those words due to the abuse.

She was so excited to read about David and his family relationships. It gave her a point of reference and someone in the bible she to whom she could now relate. A new adventure waits for this woman who has connected abuse with every kind religion. Now she is taking steps toward a relationship with God. Both Jesus and I are delighting in this growth.