On Tuesday, May 18, we held the UBA PRAYER JOURNEY. There were some 24 participants – pastors, staff members, church leaders, and others from our member churches that boarded the motor coach provided to us by the Baptist State Convention. Leading this endeavor was Dr. Eric Cook, Director of Missions for the Union Baptist Association along with Dr. Chris Schofield, Director of the Office of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. It was an amazing time of prayer, worship and discovery as we journeyed around Union County. The Spirit of God was present in a very real way during our time together as we stopped and prayed at several locations across the county.
We were touched as we heard about what is happening on “The Hill,” an inner-city area located near Monroe Middle School. We heard alarming news about gang violence in that area, but at the same time we heard how God was at work touching and changing the lives of folks living in that neighborhood and how much ministry is being done. At the same time we learned that there is so much more that needs to be done.
We learned there was ministry and outreach that needs to be done among Hispanic and German speaking residents over in an area near the Prospect School community. The tremendous growth in the Waxhaw - Mineral Springs area was also mentioned and the growing number of new homes in the area that need to be evangelized. We prayed for Parkwood High and Parkwood Middle Schools as we passed through the Roughedge community and for the students, staff and faculty members there.
Then we traveled to the Weddington Road area and went out through Wesley Chapel and on to Weddington First Baptist. It was noted that this is the wealthiest area in Union County and perhaps the fastest growing. But it’s not the growth we need to note, we need to note that so many of the people there are unchurched and lost.
From Weddington we traveled down the I-485 corridor to Hwy. 218. Just past Christ Baptist Church on Hwy. 218, we saw where a place of worship for the Hindu population in that area is presently under construction.
After a lunch break at Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist, we traveled by way of the Monroe Expressway to Wingate
University. The present growth taking place on the expressway corridor was noted, but also the anticipated growth predicted for the immediate future. At Wingate University we stopped and prayed for the students, faculty and staff. We prayed for a revival to sweep the campus and for God to call out students to be used in ministry and missions here locally and throughout the world.
We also prayed for the County Sheriff’s Dept. as we passed and had prayer for all their personnel and their families. We also prayed for the Monroe Police Department and all law enforcement personnel who daily put their lives on the line to serve and protect the citizens of Monroe and Union County.
We concluded our journey at the UBA Mission Resource Center where our journey began. There was a time of prayer and a commitment was made not to let the journey end here.
There is no way to capture in words what we experienced along our journey nor any way to tell you all the ministry needs and opportunities we saw and discovered. We learned that Union County is in desperate need for our churches, one and all, to be more about Kingdom business. Many of us saw ways we could be of greater service to God and His kingdom’s work. We saw there is a great need for revival in our churches and throughout our land. We saw there is a great need in our county to reach out to the lost and unchurched that will require more churches to be started. We saw there is a great need to minister to the needy and the homeless. But, the greatest need we saw was our need to become a people of prayer. God works in response to the prayers of His people. Many testimonies as to how God had been at work answering prayers were shared along the way of our journey and we are convinced He has more answers on the way!
Will you join us in praying for God’s direction in answering the question, “What will we do now?” We’ve seen the needs. We know workers are needed. As Jesus said to His disciples, “. . . The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.” (Mt. 9:37-38) Will you pray with us asking the Lord to send forth laborers? Would you be willing to become one of those laborers? Rest assured, you will be hearing about ministry opportunities very soon. Please pray! Please plan to help!
Working Together in His Service,
Roy Pr. 3:5-6