DETROIT (WXYZ) - Maybe you’ve seen the billboards around town, they black with a one word question? Action News has learned they’re part of a huge campaign involving more than 500 churches in our area. And thousands of faithfull will head downtown for a prayer walk.
Loved? Forgiven? Accepted? Just some of the one word questions posed on billboards around Metro Detroit… Questions with no answers, yet.
“Everyone’s life is a story and it revolves around a word or an issue, and what you’re seeing right now is the first half of the story,” Pastor Bib Shirock says. “But hopefully there’s a second half to the story that’s better than the first half… you’ll be seeing it soon, after Easter.
The billboards are part of the EACH campaign, an acronym for Everyone a Chance to Hear. It’s an unprecedented effort that’s breaking down barriers, bringing together pastors and churches from city and suburb, from different denominations, over 500 churches in all, to bring hope to a hurting region.
“The fact that we’re sitting here today is a great, great tapestry of hope, of what is possible when people come together with a common goal, a common spirit, and a common direction to do great things on our community that are going to benefit all of us,” Bishop Edgar Vann from Second Ebenezer Church told Action News. “We as Christians have a common goal to share Christ and to make him known and to give everyone a chance to hear. But we also want to exemplify the work of Christ in the community, we want to serve.
So besides sharing their faith, Christians will be rolling up their sleeves for the 40 days after Easter, serving meals, running medical and dental clinics, and running resource fairs to help provide job, legal, medical, educational and accounting assistance. The goal is for Christians to volunteer one million hours of their time.
Shirock pastors OakPointe in Novi. He came up with the idea for EACH.
“We were actually going to do this campaign in 2012, Everyone a Chance to Hear, and it was Bishop Vann, in a meeting, who said with real heart, the city can’t wait.”
The Prayer Walk
Prayer’s a big part of this effort, and tomorrow morning, Saturday, April16th, thousands are expected for a prayer walk, to pray for the region. It’ll start outside Comerica Park, and head down Woodward Avenue. Walkers will make the turn back up Woodward at the Spirit of Detroit, emblazoned with a bible verse.
“It says 'Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty', and that’s what we’re claiming. Really in our prayer walk, that God would send his spirit into our region and we’d have freedom and liberty like we’ve never had before," Shirock says.
So, as the EACH campaign fires up, keep your eyes out for the billboards because they'll be changing soon, as will lives. That’s what these pastors are praying for.
“I’m also hoping that the world sees what’s happening in Detroit, because you know Time Magazine said the world is watching Detroit with an interest to see if it can rise from the ashes. And this is our time in the body of Christ to say to the world, look at what just happened. Churches came together, denominations came together, races came together, and they loved each other and they brought good news and good deeds. I hope the world sees that.
We all do.
To Learn More
For more on the EACH Campaign and tomorrow’s prayer walk, check out the website www.eachtoday.com
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