Imagine, walking out of a local store late on a Saturday afternoon- depressed and seriously contemplating suicide. You have traveled the world and seen it all, but somewhere deep down there is a missing piece. You cannot seem to figure it out and have lost all hope. When suddenly, you look up ahead and see a cross, carried by a man who is followed by a group of people. Instantly, you know that your answer is there, standing right in front of you. An overwhelming sense of peace, joy, and restoration surrounds your heart; all the thoughts and feelings of suicide are gone. You are free!!
The scenario just described above is exactly what happened to a man as he saw the group carrying the cross across a parking lot. He was extremely depressed and ready to end his life. But, when he laid eyes on the cross, everything changed. He was instantly touched and discovered the reason to keep on living. The cross carries the solution to any problem or issue you may be facing. Jesus is the answer.
This is just one example of the many lives that were touched this past summer as Men Standing Positive carried the cross down the streets of St. Louis. On the corners, we stopped to pray and minister to multiple people at a time. Many received Christ, others received a Word of knowledge, and also signed up for hot sheets, in need of a church home and further assistance. Carry the Cross with MSP is a unique form of outreach as we have discovered the cross speaks for itself. Simply dragging the cross down the road, passersby usually stop directly and stare with a look of deep thought. Some cars honk as they go by and some people roll down their windows and spit at the cross. Regardless, seeing a group of people dragging a cross down the street is going to make you pause for a moment and think. This Fall and in 2015 we are very excited to take the cross into even more communities across the area. If you would like to become a part of this or know more information please see the informational video link , call 314-690-3077, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.menstandingpositive.com. Below are some photos from Carry the Cross with MSP Summer 2014 and a link to the main video!
‘Til next time…See you on the streets!
Carry the Cross Video Here –>
Walking through the streets, you see and meet people- experiencing their daily reality on an authentic and intimate level. As you stand on their doorstep, porch, or the sidewalk in front of their home, they invite you into their life for a few short minutes, revealing a small portion of who they are and where they have come from. You begin to re-evaluate your own life and realize there is a whole separate world outside your own neighborhood and social circle. People are people, we come from different backgrounds, but we all encounter similar hardships and challenges; they just have a unique face. When you recognize this reality, your entire worldview shifts. You become sensitive and eager to reach the people around you.
All throughout summer 2014, Men Standing Positive spent Saturday afternoons out on the streets of different communities; speaking with residents and spreading the word about upcoming events. We meet them right where they are at- taking the time to see what they need, pray for, and encourage them. Men Standing Positive uses a Hot Sheet system to follow up with and keep track of those who requested help with finding a church home and assistance programs. Before an outreach, we always partner with the local churches in that area, so we have somewhere nearby to send the residents. Men Standing Positive has also been focusing on getting in contact with programs that provide training and assistance to those who need it. Some examples are Mission St. Louis, Crisis Nursery, Job Core, Forgiven and Free, New Life Evangelistic Center, and Trinity Outreach Center. Look for upcoming blog posts regarding the specific organizations and their direct partnership with Men Standing Positive. This summer’s MSP Outreaches definitely left an impact with over 17 salvations, 14 people placed in church homes, and 9 seeking a connection with assistance programs. The team here is very excited for the upcoming outreaches this Fall and going into 2015. Below are some photos from this past summer and our main outreach informational video. If you have further questions or are interested in getting involved, please email email@example.com, call 314-690-3077 or visit www.menstandingpositive.com.
‘Til next time….see you on the streets!
MSP Outreach Video Here –>>