Monday, October 25, 2010
3 weeks of Outreach and one last week to go
This is also true for our little church, which is situated on the red lined Heritage Trail in downtown Salem. In the last three weeks we have set up a stage, hosted live music from local entertainers on it, organized and ran a Children's Day event on the Salem Common, given away free hot cocoa, offered free dream interpretation and "spiritual readings," and have hosted the international photography project "Why Do You Do What You Do?"
Visitors have come from near and far to participate with us in outreach. Included in these participants are John Harding and the gang from the North Shore Bridge Fellowship; Mark and Anthea Searle from the Cheltenham Bridge Fellowship in Cheltenham, England; The Streams Ministries internship from New London, New Hampshire; Danette Strandell (a fellow Burner) from St Joseph's, MO: our longtime friend Dennis Huxley from Rome, New York; another fellow Burning Man outreach team member Alan Drake from Dallas, Texas; and of course the wonderful people from The Gathering.
Dozens, if not hundreds, of people were touched by the personal ministry of the spiritual counseling we offer for free from The Gathering, and from our location near the music stage near the Peabody Essex Museum.
Local musicians performed on the stage,and they included: Paul Duffy's group from the Front Street Coffee House Open Mic Night, Via Perkins, Sarah Van Wyk, Yvan Pierre Marlier, Lily Press and her husband Simon, Black Dog Brother, The Dejas, Clay Ventre, Julian Baptista, Deb Crosby's Talent Show, and Honour Havoc.
The stories of people who were deeply touched by the personal ministry of our spiritual counseling teams came from the interns at Streams Internship, our own members at The Gathering, and our visitors like Dennis Huxley. Dennis commented that this might have been the most significant weekend of the last 4 years of visiting he has been a part of.
Burning Man this year, and asked if we could do the project in Salem during the Halloween festivities. Thanks to photographers Deborah Twombly, and Ben Corey, we got to the artistry of WDYDWYD? this last weekend.
People who do not have a Christian background have been touched by the gentle guidance of God's Spirit. We work hard to bring blessing to everyone whether they are Christians, or of other spiritual persuasions, or even perhaps no spiritual persuasion at all. With the belief that God loves all people regardless of their beliefs we are attempting to show the love of Jesus without bias, and it has been having a positive effect on all who come our way.
Special thanks goes out to The Gathering members who have provided a place for people to stay, and food for the spiritual counselors. Thank you Rennie Treantos, Joanne Joyce, Carl and Melissa Nystedt, Joyce Greer, and Jeff and Diane Menasco.
This is a short report on the activities of outreach during the last three weeks here in Salem, MA. Your prayers, and of course, your support in even a small way help make all this possible. If you would like know more go to The Gathering Website. There you can make a tax-deductible donation, or find our email address and sign up for our ministry mailing list.