Saturday, the 29th of July, at 9am in the morning 19 people gathered to walk several blocks of downtown Lockland, Oh. The morning started out with gratefulness to God for the weather was absolutely perfect with low humidity and a cool breeze. We began with a brief prayer, and then the crew set to work picking up litter in Tangeman Park. From there they progressed down Williams to the first posted Prayer Card where they paused and read the card and prayed as a group. They then split into two groups to cover both sides of the streets they would be walking as the Red Team and the Purple Team.
The prayer walk took about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete returning to the starting point at Tangeman Park for a closing prayer and group photo! As the walk progressed those in the neighborhood and the business seemed genuinely appreciative of the litter being picked up and being prayed for. We had opportunity to stop and pray for several individuals and shop owners met on the route.
What a magnificent team of workers came for this day! We saw them going off-route to further pickup litter, and even pulling up weeds growing in the cracks on the curbs! Upon returning to Tangeman Park the award of 100,000 points to use as desired was awarded to the team with the greatest weight of litter picked up. Pastor Mark Lopez’s closing prayer spoke about how God cleans up the litter in our lives making us more like Christ!
A huge thank you to everyone who came and participated. Another huge thank you to those who prayed for this event. Photos are below – please feel free to download any of these photos to share about this event with your congregation – or contact us for a PDF or PowerPoint slide show for your use!
Pick-N-Pray Photo Gallery
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Next Lockland Neighborhood Activity
We’ve chosen September 16, Saturday, at 11am for our next Lockland Neighborhood Activity. Thanks to the wonderful donations of friends and churches we have received more than 250 NIV New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs and 100 Gideon KJV New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs. We’ll be going down streets, and door-to-door in one of our neighborhoods passing them out. As we’ve said in previous emails we’ll be “passing out” in Lockland – passing out over 350 New Testaments. We’re inviting all of the churches in Lockland to participate in this event by meeting at Friendship Park / Mayor Jim Brown Park at the corner of Elm and Wyoming Avenue.
There is generally plenty of on-street parking in Lockland, and immediately on the right across the railroad tracks in Wyoming is a public parking area.
We’ve also reached out to Pastor Mark Lopez, Pastor of Student Ministries at Faith Bible Church, inviting FBC youth and their parents and families to join us! We’ll gather at the Park, begin the time with prayer, and then two groups will walk a designated course around several blocks, with each ending back at the starting point. Afterwards we’ll enjoy and end-of-the-summer cookout!
How You Can Help
- First, thank you to everyone who purchased and donated New Testaments!!! We’ve been overwhelmingly blessed with these gifts. Pray with us that as the Word goes out into hands that it will be read and taken to heart!
- Pray! We’re asking all Lockland churches and pastors to invite their entire church to join by praying and showing up to pass out New Testaments and enjoy the cookout afterwards.
- We’re hoping for a great turnout and that those who live in the neighborhood around the park will join us for the cookout! So we think we’ll be needing the following food items for the cookout. Donating the actual items or a gift card to purchase the items would be a great help:
- Hot dogs — probably around 100
- Hot dog buns – probably around 100
- Ketchup (2 big bottles)
- Mustard (2 big bottles)
- Shredded cheese (3 BIG bags)
- Chips of all kinds!!! Big bags please!
- Paper plates – about 100
- Plastic ware – for about 100 people
- Napkins – a lot!
- Water bottles – 100
- Ice chests – two
- Ice for the ice chests
- A propane grill with a full tank, and grilling tools. A chef to go with that grill would be a plus!!
Please contact Jim by email here with any questions, ideas, etc.
Other Ministry Updates and Prayer Needs
Global Ministry Work
Ministry Website Partners
Jim has about 6 websites undergoing “face lifts” at this time as he moves them from older coding platforms to newer, modern and responsive style websites. He says this is extremely important work to have done as more than 70% of people are now accessing websites using smart phones. And, in places like Africa and Asia, that percentage is even greater.
Global CHE Network (CHE = Community Health Evangelism)
You may recall us asking you to pray for Lovemore Zulu – one of our CHE leaders in Zambia. He had contracted some kind of illness that was causing major, major!, weight loss. He is in the recovery process and shares this recent ministry update regarding CHE (Community Health Evangelism) in Zambia: “Zulu: Next Month with CHEs and trainers we are having Children’s CHE camp for one day and we are expecting 152 children from Government and community schools, churches where Children CHE is done please pray for us, there will be bible sharing among children and also how children CHE is impacting there lives. This will take place in Luanshimba CHE program in central province of Zambia, these Children all they need is the word of God for them to grow up in knowing the Lord.”
Local Ministry Work
Urban CHE Connection
We recently met a physician who is attempting to implement Urban CHE in her clinic here in Cincinnati. We have great hopes of being able to connect further with her to chat and talk about CHE, and how we might be able to help her in her efforts!
Connecting with CGM
We continue to make slow progress in connecting with City Gospel Mission and learning about their programs and how we might connect with them, and even resource to them individuals we are meeting through our community.
Neighborhood Ministry Work
We have plans underway to have an end-of-the-summer activity in our block in Lockland to follow up on the neighborhood cookout we had in June. We’re thinking right now of a “Bowl-and-Spoon” evening where we invite all of our neighbors to join us in an ice cream tasting evening. More details to follow as we sort this out!
Other Prayer Bullets
The Pick-N-Pray event ended by about 12 noon – all packed up and on our way. Later that very evening in the same area we had just prayed over a woman was shot and killed as a result of an argument as the car she was in drove through the “pony key”. A pony keg – for folks not local to our area – is a drive through store. It’s usually a building that has had a garage door installed in the front and back. Cars enter the front, purchase, generally beer or other strong drinks, “cokes”, chips, ice, etc and drive out the back. This event emphasized for us the need for prayer, the need for local churches to band together for prayer, and for the need for believers to be on the streets impacting people with the answer and hope of the Good News! Please continue in prayer with us ….
- Open doors to share the hope of the Good News!
- Opportunity to impact people where they live, where they work, where they shop.
- For the church pastors of our community as they minister where they are greatly needed.
- Ethnic strife.
- The presence and growth of drugs and prostitution in our communities, which lead to other issues, such as robberies, break ins, beatings, child abuse, expanded sexual trafficking.
Thank you for praying.
Thank you to everyone on our financial support team! In a recent conversation with a community ministry director he spoke about the struggle for finances and quoted an author of a book he read as saying “mission, mission, mission, yes – but without finances there is no mission“. If you’re not on our financial support team please consider helping us in this area with a monthly recurring gift or with a one-time gift (information is below in the About Us: section on how). Financial gifts make it possible for us to do what we have the privilege of doing, and for you to extend the impact of your ministry for the Cause from our town to around the world.
Serving With You Because of Him – – –
Jim and Phyllis Null
Galatians 2: 20
About Us: Jim and Phyllis are faith-based independent missionaries commissioned by Faith Bible Church, Cincinnati, Ohio serving with the Global Community Health Evangelism Network. Donations to their ministry may be made through Alliance for Transformational Ministry, 727 E Bethany Home Rd, Ste D-122, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or online by visiting https://atm.webconnex.com/giving/ATM_onlinegiving. Please include a note with your donation indicating your desire to direct it to Jim and Phyllis Null’s Ministry Area.
Contact Us: Our contact information is: Jim and Phyllis Null, 316 Home Ave., Lockland, Oh, 45215 – Telephone: 502-235-7005