We were on a 40 day fast that started on Easter and ended the day before Pentecost Sunday. We felt the impression that on the last day of our fast God was going to do something awesome.
We continued for 40 days, fasting and praying together, and on day number 39 George Floyd was tragically killed. On the 40th day, Minneapolis was on fire, riots were breaking out everywhere, the entire city was a mess. We were praying that God would send someone to help because it continued to get worse.
We visited the downtown area on May 30, and felt the Lord tell us that the following day, on Pentecost Sunday, we were to take our loud speaker and go proclaim peace, reconciliation, and unity. We set up on a corner near the George Floyd memorial and cried out to God for healing of our land and for reconciliation and peace. We had people from all over the memorial site joining us crying out to God.
We believe that Jesus is the answer to racial reconciliation, so we shared a message of being reconciled with Jesus. People were getting saved, baptized, and delivered from addiction.
We shared that after you reconcile with God you are able to reconcile with one another. We would ask the members of the white community around us to repent on behalf of those in the community who had done wrong and once repentance was shared, tears began to flow. We would ask the black community and other minorities in the area to extend forgiveness to those who were repenting.
As scripture tells us, repentance without forgiveness is void. We are finding that this model of repentance and forgiveness towards God and then one another is setting people free and their wounds are being healed.
After reconciliation began to happen among people in the community, people were getting baptized on the streets and we were leading people through deliverance. We had one man come up to us and pour out the remains of his beer after he gave his life to Christ. Kids were hearing radical testimonies of salvation and were dropping their jaws in amazement! A man that was dressed as an Imam was live streaming the testimony for others to see! Muslim women were lifting their hands and giving their lives to Christ!
God has allowed this space to be a place of unity and reconciliation for all people, from all walks of life. Vertical reconciliation leads to horizontal reconciliation, everything changes when the Kingdom comes.