God answered prayer in front of our eyes before we finished praying!
Last night we saw another remarkable PrayerWalk where Marcus Watts, 18, was gunned down on the South Side of Miller Park shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. Just minutes earlier, Marcus had called his mother's house on his way home from a party. Shanetra Watts told reporters, "He told my brother that he had run out of gas, (and asked) could we come get him. My brother woke me up, and by the time he woke me up, we heard gunshots in the (background)."
As about 10 First Responders stood near the little memorial where Marcus died, and a number of us felt led that we needed to minister to his family, but we had no information or contacts. So as we prayed to cleanse and claim these streets, we asked God to give us contact with the family.
About 15 minutes later two young women, one caring a baby walked up carrying crosses and flowers with tears in their eyes… The one was engaged to marry Marcus… as we ministered to her two of his friends walked up. A few minutes later an elderly man drove slowly past and stopped his car, I started to approach him and saw he was talking on a cell phone, he then got out of the car and Marcus’s grandpa joined the group…A few minutes later his mother showed up.
We asked God to help us connect to the family and within 30 minutes they were there…He brought them! As we ministered to Shanetra we inquired as to the funeral plans. She said they had no plans and were open to help. I asked her if they had a church home. She looked at me and said, “We have been visiting Eagles Nest for a few weeks but are not members…” Just so happened that one of our First Responders standing right there attends Eagles Nest and we also called the church. God was meeting their needs before we finished praying!
With these amazing responses, I am asking God to give us Wisdom as to how to proceed as winter and shorter daylight hours are upon us. We are truly living in a day when God is moving the altar from the church to the streets. This will also be posted on http://prayerwalkingtheheartland.blogspot.com/
My wife Sheryl and I will be ministering in Tijuana next week, but our growing team of First Responders will have everything well covered here.
If you are interested in our Tijuana trip go to http://gehrlsministry.blogspot.com/