Before we left BCOM our group leader told us that this would be the last time going to the U for outreach.
After last week I thought I should go out prayer walking again. I had a redbox movie to return so a little after seven I left the church and headed to McDonalds to drop off the movie. While I was walking over and around McDonalds and through Dinkytown I was just praying. Specifically into the reality that a lot of the treasure hunters usually ended up in that area and that they would find people hungry.
From there I started following the signs again and ended up sitting outside one of the buildings. Outside the building there were two signs that said "between the signs" so my thought was that I should wait and see what happens between the signs. I sat down across the street and just prayed for a little bit. I didn't know what the building was, so I prayed that the next person that stopped in front of it I would go talk to. Literally, the next second I looked up and there were two muslim women sitting on the bench and I have no idea how they got there that quickly. I went over and asked them if they knew what the building was used for - it is an education building.
I went into the building and spent 15 - 20 minutes wandering around in it just praying for the professors and students. From there I just walked along through a park and ended up near the river, facing the Minneapolis sky line. I got into a short conversation with a guy that was sitting there, who I figured out had been at New Hope center when we did our ministry week, so that was neat.
I walked along this road and passed under the bridge and ended up behind Coffman Union. I walked up and just kept following the signs that stuck out to me. I walked out to the road and over the bridge and around the bus stop before I decided to talk to some of the over BCOM students for a bit. I just wanted to check in with them and see how it was going.
From there I b-lined it down the road. I was thinking about starting to head back to the church, but the stop where I would have gone left had two "no left turn" signs so I went with that and headed right. I walked down the hill and ended up in the medical training area and yeah the Spirit really started getting at me. I was just praying for the doctors, nurses, professors and students for really belief in healings and having there medicine be a second line of action, not the primary form. I continued along and saw a children's medical center and was really praying in and for them. I found out later that one of the treasure hunt groups actually ended up in the children's center so that is a neat little fact. The whole time I was walking along I kept trying to get into the buildings but every door that I tried was locked so I just kept walking. The road I was following curved right and I ended up outside the heart treatment center.
I continued on praying but headed out back to the main road. I still got the feeling that I wasn't supposed to go straight back to the church so I crossed the road and headed right again. After a couple blocks I ended up across the street from where Remedy meets so I prayed into that ministry for a couple of minutes. Afterward I finally started walking back to church.
As I made this portion of the walk I saw 3 or 4 signs that really spoke to me about the condition of the church so I really prayed into that. Again, I found out later that the intercessors were really praying into church and into a lot of the same things that I was praying for.
I sort of just ended the walk in thought of all that I had just been able to pray for and went back to the church. It was a pretty good wrap up of the year and really made the whole year worth it.
So as a change of pace I decided to go out prayer walking tonight. I wasn't sure how to go about it, but just headed out praying. I walked a couple of blocks from the church and saw a sign for Church St. I have walked by it many times, but it hit me in a new way this time. So I just following street signs as the Spirit highlighted them to me. Incase you didn't realize it, there is nothing spiritual about street signs, but I was just going on faith as a child and knowing that God is the one working out all the stuff. So I walked, mostly around the mall and around Coffman union. My prayers felt very dry and ineffective so I was a little discouraged by that. As I passed by the bus station I saw the hot chocolaters with a big group and later found out that it was a really busy, good night. The group leader is convinced that my prayers were involved in the openness and quality of the night. I can't deny it because God isn't limited by our bumblings and failings but it is hard for me to say definitively about it.
For the final two weeks of March I just did the normal Hot chocolate. The weather is getting nicer so I wasn't sure how it would be, but people are getting more talkative, more open and it's a real blessing.
So, I have gone out each of the last three fridays with a ministry called Streetlevel. I just thought I would share about a few of the experience that I have had through those three weeks.