By Ruth Schenk | firstname.lastname@example.org
When members of a youth group in New York City saw an atheist advertisement campaign in the subway that said, “A million New Yorkers are good without God, are you?” they asked their youth pastor what they should do about it.
Two weeks later, some 1,500 young people wearing T-shirts that said, “God Belongs in My City” met at Times Square and Grand Central Station to prayer walk the city. They came from different churches, schools and neighborhoods.
That prayer walk spread from one city to another, then internationally to Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland and Africa as people bought shirts and prayer walked in their cities.
Now people in Louisville are wearing “God Belongs in My City” T-shirts, meeting on the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park every Thursday night to pray for the city.
On Saturday morning, Aug. 3, they will walk through downtown Louisville, gather to worship with five different bands, pray and share testimonies. The purpose of the event is to bring the body of Christ together. Mayor Greg Fischer has declared Aug. 3 “God Belongs in My City” day.
“We pray that this event will help transform our community to live for Jesus Christ every day of the year and witness firsthand how God will change Kentuckiana,” said Southeast Christian Church member Mark Pfeifer, who is one of the organizers. “More than 750,000 people came to the waterfront to watch fireworks. I believe we can have even more come to worship God.”
Pfeifer got involved because he believes “God Belongs in My City” fits the vision/mission of Southeast to pray for the city and for people in neighborhoods by name.
Connie Mathews got involved in the walk when a co-worker showed her a brochure about it.
“I’m all in,” she said. “I believe churches working together can change this city.”
Southeast member Paul Burch gives out posters and invites most everyone he knows to “God Belongs in My City.” He also goes to pray on the Great Lawn with the group every Thursday night.
“I believe this can make a difference in Louisville,” he said. “We need people to realize we need God in our lives. As we work on this walk, we’re praying and gathering names of people to pray or who need prayer. This can be the beginning of something special here.”