I met David Wallace in Spokane in 2010 through an Operation Rolling Thunder Kick Off. David at one time worked with Dr. Martin Luther King in the mid-60's and attended the same seminary as Jesse Jackson. He is a 7th Day Adventist Elder today. As I understand, due to the excesses that followed in the Civil Rights Movement following Dr. King's assassination he withdrew from engaging society.
Through the ORT Kick Off David caught a vision for how the Church could impact the 7 spheres of society through prayer and strategic action. Old passions and vision was stirred and since then he has been a marvelous example of how one man can put faith in action and impact their city through service. The council he is on has been interacting with the mayor, city council, state representatives, the police department, school systems and more. This morning he shared an email with a friend of his which I asked permission to share what he wrote. He provides a great explanation as to what they are doing and the corresponding results. I pray that you will catch a vision for your community as well.
We have engaged in discussion for the past couple of years on the spheres of society where Christians have an opportunity to work.The discussion really took on meaning when Tim Taylor introduced Operation Rolling Thunder (ORT) in May 2010 to a body of Spokane Christians at Perkins. You and I were at that meeting.
The three attachments illuminate the discussion. SPHERES is a chart description of how the discussion came about by Christian leaders. Spheres discussion is Tim Taylor's response on how he specifically focused on selected spheres. The last piece, 7 SPHERES, is a list of the spheres adopted by ORT and the World Prayer Team (WPT) that meets weekly at Life Center to pray around the world (9 am Friday mornings in Room 202). Some of us have selected spheres that interest us and where we will engage in prayer.
Our efforts at Life Center with education make it easy to engage in prayer for this sphere. Our schools, teachers and staff, and parents with their students all need prayer as we seek to improve education in our city/region. At the same time we are engaged in the government sphere in meeting with the Mayor and responding to city needs covered by government. The government sphere is another that we are currently praying for the Lord's will be done.
At the 2011 National Day of Prayer, three elected officials urged and requested prayer for themselves, their governments they represented, and those involved with government. Our prayer team at Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, for example, has begun praying at City Hall on the first Monday of the month for 1/2 hour during the City Council meeting. This is just one example of taking up the government sphere. Our hope is that our example encourages other churches to take another Monday during the month to pray for (and at City Hall) for local government.
I recently sent the 7 SPHERES list to Bob Olson, but did not include the other two pieces of the discussion. I am sending this message to several who are like wise involved the spheres of prayer and action.