Mason and Meghan Stewart have served in the Bradley Circle neighborhood as missionaries for a little over a year. They have been able to connect with their neighbors by providing meals and cookies, sharing lawn equipment, and offering car rides as often as they can. The connections have paved the way for Meghan and Mason to pray and share Jesus with several neighbors as many have gone through hard times recently. One neighbor has really opened up, and Mason and Meghan are encouraging more comfort and healing by getting them connected with Celebrate Recovery.
Another powerful way the connections have made a difference is the fellowship the Stewarts have had with one woman in their neighborhood. MercyMed reached out to Meghan and Mason saying that they had a job opening. They wanted to especially partner with their work in the community and see if they could help out one of the neighbors that Mason and Meghan served. One such woman filled out the application, interviewed, and now has a steady, reliable job where she is surrounded by believers. The Lord is so good!
In other news, Meghan and Mason have also served faithfully in the upkeep of the community garden, which has blessed several neighbors. Along with their kids, Meghan and Mason had the joy of going around the neighborhood and passing out tons of green beans, tomatoes, kale, and zucchini.
Recently, one of their neighbors stopped his car and told Meghan that it just blessed him to see Meghan and her family out and about, doing life together. This in turn was a blessing to Meghan, remembering that God speaks through the small and ordinary moments of life.
Another seemingly ordinary moment turned into a powerful encounter as Meghan noticed a man wandering around the neighborhood in the heat. She invited him to rest on their porch and shared some water and food with him. The man sat down and remarked on the peace that he felt as he sat there. He was encountering the peace of Jesus even if he did not realize it.
After a while, the man stood up. As he began thanking Meghan, he told her that he was grateful that “a white woman wasn’t afraid of a black man like me.” It broke Meghan’s heart that he had to experience injustice, but she assured him that he was welcome on their porch any time. Meghan was encouraged to see how God heals wounds even through very small acts of love and generosity.
Please pray for Mason and Meghan as they continue to shine God’s light in their neighborhood.
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My first encounter with Take the City was going to Wilson Apartments in Columbus GA. We were met by a man from that neighborhood who prayed with us before we began the outreach. We set up an area for the kids to play and others went door to door witnessing and praying for people. It truly was a humbling experience. Another time I got to pray at an abortion clinic which was another humbling experience. The worship services the night before are always dynamic and spirit led. However I will conclude with the best part for me was being an eight week participant of Take the City boot camp. All of the leaders were simply AWESOME and I learned so much during those eight weeks. I thank God for all these wonderful opportunities!