Sandtown (#write31days-Day 23)

It’s been two and a half years since I joined a number of individuals who gathered together for difficult discussion and walked the streets of Baltimore, praying, as the city was in uproar over the death of Freddie Gray.

After the news cameras went away and the trials were over, a group remained, walking the streets of the neighborhood of Sandtown, talking and praying with the people.

A group of caring individuals met together month after month, discussing what a ministry plant could look like in this Baltimore neighborhood.

I was a part of many of those months of meetings, up until last fall. Other commitments and a tug from the Holy Spirit told me my season of commitment was over. I knew others avenues were in store for me, I just didn’t know what my path looked like.  I was sad to stop attending meetings, but I continued to pray for the ministry and receive updates.

At the conference I was at last week, I received this:

The fruit of the labor, the work of the Holy Spirit, the progress forward of a new mission start.

Faith & Work Enterprises has been formed. This organization will work with men in this neighborhood who are trying to get back on their feet. They will receiving job training and experience in making chocolate. This chocolate will be sold to anyone who wants to support the ministry.

It’s been wonderful to see the work of the Holy Spirit within this ministry and the people committed to moving it forward. I am thankful for the season I was involved, but am filled with hope for the future of this Baltimore neighborhood and how God’s presence continues to be felt through new and deepening relationships in this outreach effort.

 

2 Comments

  1. Kim

    Thank you for sharing this. We drove through West Baltimore a few months after that and saw much of the lingering effects. My dad grew up in Towson. He attended a Quaker meeting house in Baltimore. I think I will try and order some of the chocolate for him for Christmas.

    • emily

      Kim,

      Thank you for your support. The chocolate selling is still in the early stages. If you send me an email at blog@emilyphoenix.com, so I can get your contact info, I will alert you to when it will be available for purchase!

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