|What a day we experienced in Chicago on May 26th as a significant coalition of Jesus’ Ekklesia came together at Salem Baptist Church’s “House of Hope” to declare that God’s power will transform the city.
Host pastor, Rev. James Meeks, and a committed core group led by Pastor Michael Eaddy, Father Dimitri Sala, Apostle H. Daniel Wilson, Bishop Ed Peecher, Pastor Kimberly Ray Gavin, Pastors Lennell and Antoinette Willis, Pastor Carlos Chica,
Dr. Mildred Harris and Rick Heeren helped facilitate the magnificent gathering of local believers who said “YES!” to adopting their city through prayer evangelism so that its most afflicted neighborhoods will see violence, gang activity and drug trafficking be replaced with righteousness, peace and joy.
I was so impressed as the local team led us in symbolically laying down our “crowns” at the altar while an anointed dance troupe in beautiful pageantry brought in a small replica of the Ark of the Covenant. The crowns represented our own ministerial dominions which have to be surrendered in order for transformation to come. Awesome!
This all set the stage for me to walk everyone through what God has already done to radically transform places like Ciudad Juarez, Vallejo, Jacksonville, and Newark, New Jersey. I was moved over and over again as they literally cheered each time the documentaries highlighted the miracles and statistical changes in those places. Did these dear saints want it for Chicago? ABSOLUTELY!!
In the afternoon, we were honored to be joined by Chicago’s civic leaders who quickly realized they had entered a place where they were going to be purposefully blessed. The Chief of Police and the Superintendent both acknowledged their Christian faith. The Mayor is Jewish but he soaked in the presence. We declared this upcoming July 1st, and every July 1st after, “Bless the Mayor Day”, and prayed for him.