Community engagement, through prayer walks, provides a platform for building a presence and relationships with individuals living in marginalized neighborhoods to see how grace, peace, love, and joy of Christ can intersect with their life. The principle is to go into neighborhoods of the city having individual prayer with people. Through Christ-centered conversations truth and hope in Christ is offered to residents. We believe the most important thing we can bring to the hopeless, the poor, and the downtrodden is Biblical truth, which is applicable to every area of concern in life. Throughout the scriptures we see the relevance of Christ’s teachings for all topics, all issues, and all areas of life. Christ’s example of going out and building relationships with people provides a framework to offer reconciliation of community and the church.
Community Prayer Walks will be scheduled for every Saturday throughout the months of spring, summer, fall (weather permitting) bringing together Christian Believers, throughout the city that has a desire to walk through neighborhoods and have prayer with residents.
Many living within the neighborhoods of focus for Community Prayer Walks face the reality of food uncertainty. To address this concern, Tabernacle of Praise Church, a community food bank, and criminal justice agency work together to distribute portable lunch bags filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to anyone in need on Saturday mornings. Tabernacle of Praise Church purchases bread and bottled water, while the Seagate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio provides peanut butter and jelly. Ohio Links, which provides halfway housing services for persons leaving correctional institutions and re-enter society allows participants volunteer opportunity as sandwich distributors.
Key Components of Community Prayer Walks:
- Saturdays 12:00 noon
- Redemption for those marginalized in the city
- Reconciliation of community and the church
- Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches to feed residents of neighborhoods