This past week, the students of Vista Church and of Church of God Jehovah Jireh, both in Orlando, FL, plus several students from The Family Church in Gainesville, FL came together as believers and set out to change the city of Orlando for Jesus Christ. This isn’t a small task. Orlando isn’t just fun adventures at theme parks and partying with Mickey Mouse. In 2005, a crime surge began to erupt in Orlando. While there was a significant drop from 2008 to 2009 (123 deaths due to crime to 72 consecutively), but the risk is alive and active in 2011. Children growing up in the high crime districts of town (Holden Heights, Pine Hills, and other areas) are still at risk of being sucked into another statistic.
We have issued the challenge and the students in Orlando have stepped up to the task.
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
In this moment, life is changing. Now is the time to live life in a new way. We have been placed in this city, at this time for a specific purpose. Changing the lives of those around us through the living of our lives can’t be measured by numbers or statistics because it’s purpose isn’t for this world. It’s eternal.
“For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2
*On a side note, this is my 100th post and I couldn’t be happier that this is the focus*