If you give your heart to it, the Lord will quickly begin to give you insight and strategies for the particular needs in your community. Do not be overwhelmed by the needs around you. Be sensitive to the Spirit's direction.
Churches can be transformed into empowerment centers. Our church established "Project Impact" to equip families and children for success. We desire to see strong, healthy and self-sufficient families in committed relationships, contributing to the well-being of their communities.
God is calling us out of the temple and into the village. If we want to make a difference, we will have to move away from impressing the village with our stately structures to impacting it with the power of God through the tools that He has provided. The future of the village is in our hands.
Marva Mitchell is Bishop of Revival Center Ministries International in Dayton, Ohio. Along with her late husband, Willie, Mitchell also cofounded Project Impact-Dayton, a national award-winning community development agency. She is the author of It Takes a Church to Raise a Village (Treasure House).
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