Hundreds of Churches Continue to Unite for Massive EACH Initiative in Detroit
Detroit Prayer Walk to be held on April 28 and Lovin' the D Resource Fair on May 19
DETROIT - For the second year, Southeast Michigan residents are coming together from hundreds of churches and organizations to share the Good News of Jesus and do good deeds by offering free medical and dental services, food, housing construction and renovations to tens of thousands of residents in need. It’s a continuation of the EACH (Everyone a Chance to Hear) movement that launched last spring.
Thousands of individuals from approximately 560 churches and para-church organizations from all over the city of Detroit and suburbs have become active members of EACH (Everyone a Chance to Hear) in the last year. The movement will officially kick off Easter Sunday, April 8.
“EACH was designed to be a one-year initiative, but something special happened,” said Pastor Bob Shirock, senior pastor of Oak Pointe Church in Novi. “We went from being a group of individual churches to really being one church with one purpose…to share and show the love of Jesus to our communities through prayer, Good News and good deeds. We decided to keep doing it, while finding more ways to share and show Christ's love to people in our communities."
The Detroit Prayer Walk, which last year attracted about 25,000 followers of Jesus to downtown Detroit, will be the first event where all churches will gather together. This year it will be on April 28th at Comerica Park. New for this year, the walk will also include no-cost community medical assistance at a neighboring church. The Detroit Prayer Walk will feature the theme, “1 Church Coming Together for One Purpose.”
Since April 2011 the EACH movement has provided thousands of free meals, 3,500 hours of medical and dental service and more than 100 houses repaired or refurbished in the Detroit area. This is just one example of followers of Jesus sharing the Good News that they have heard from the Bible and implementing it into their own lives.
The EACH movement will significantly increase community assistance in 2012 through expanded deployment of mobile medical and dental trailers that provide no cost services to uninsured or underinsured people. They will also be expanding the housing construction and renovation effort and creating a community resource event called Lovin' The D on Saturday, May 19 in midtown Detroit on the Wayne State University campus.
“The impact that we have had on this region as believers of Jesus has been incredible when you look at all the people in need we have helped,” said Pastor Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries in Detroit. “We’re talking about thousands of people in need who have been helped by their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. It’s a very powerful message.”
The coalition will continue to use the 2WordStory social media and personal testimony campaign that was launched as part of the movement in 2011 to show examples of changed lives through Jesus Christ.
“There is Good News all around us – here in the Detroit area because people have experienced the life changing love of Jesus and have made this a great place to live and work,” said Pastor Doug Schmidt, senior pastor for Woodside Bible Church. “As a community we are listening to Jesus’ words and sharing His message with those around us. And there is no better way to share such a message of love than living it out.”
Other programs that started from the EACH movement in the past year include Handyman Ministries, a faith-based non-profit community revitalization organization dedicated to helping low-income individuals and families by providing free maintenance and repair services, energy audits and other upgrades; and Life Remodeled, a non-profit organization that builds houses and provides other resources to transform lives troubled communities.
EACH is guided by a steering committee with church leaders from both city and suburbs. The EACH effort started in 2011 and focused on a 40-day period starting Easter Sunday, but the hope that the impact and continued effort to help the community would continue into the future came to fruition. Most of the local church-based projects and actions will be determined by individual congregations and Christian organizations.
For more information, please visit the EACH web site at www.eachtoday.com
THE JESUS' RENAISSANCE PROJECT
April 9 - May 18
During the 2012 EACH Forty Days Gospel Saturation Campaign, HANDYMAN MINISTRIES will be collaborating with HOUSE of HELP, CITY COVENANT/CITY MISSION and YOU! We will be touching countless lives with the love and hope of Christ through the renovation of thirty homes along with hosting thirty barbecues (weather permitting).
THE JESUS' RENAISSANCE PROJECT with begin on April 9 and continue through May 18, 2012 every weekend from 9am until 7pm.
Handyman Ministries is a grass-roots, 100% volunteer based-organization committed to providing low-income residential homeowners with emergency home repairs. We operate by the Grace of God through the kindness of many people like yourself that are seeking to help those in need for the Glory of God.
Today is the day we are called to join together to PREACH the gospel through not only words, but deeds. If you would like to join with us during this time please respond to this e-mail. If you would also like to learn of the many other volunteer opportunities available through EACH visit www.eachtoday.com.
We are in the scheduling process and working hard to find the appropriate number of volunteers to the fill many jobs requiring many different skill sets. We find it works far better to plan the job around the volunteer's availability and skills. You can sign up for any day between April 9 - May 18 with the exception of April 28 (the EACH Prayer Walk). Pease send the date (or dates) that you would like to serve. Please encourage others to volunteer as well, from your church, family or other group. This exciting outreach ministry also makes for a very rewarding group volunteer experience. If you know of someone with a specific mechanical skill (i.e. plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.) please encourage them in particular to consider serving. Most importantly, we are seeking everyone of every ability to join together with us to Serve the Lord by Serving Those in Need. Children are also welcome (with appropriate supervision) and we encourage you to bring them as well for this positive community experience. The community barbecues in particular will be a great opportunity for students in construction and evangelism training.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and May God bless you and yours as you serve Him!