Thursday, April 24, 2008
AOK launch was a Huge success
What an amazing day. AOK (Acts Of Kindness) came out of seeing the mayor of our city uniting the churches in prayer for 40 days. As I stood in the meetings I felt happy, yet sad the same time. Happy that the church had come together but sad that it seemed that "the Church" would only come together to pray and not serve the city. So AOK came out of that frustration. Its a simple concept.
Take 10-15 areas of the city with high Poverty and crime rates
Take churches who want to serve the city and surrounding areas
Mobilize the churches, into the areas, every 8 weeks with different events.
So we launched this weekend with Spring clean 08.
The day started with a little rain but by 9:30am the rain had stopped and people were all over the city and surrounding areas serving their cities and showing the love of Christ to a world in need. As I drove from site to site, I was seeing a dream come true. I saw a united church working and serving one another and their own communities. I saw friendships being established. I saw doors being opened, I saw races working together, I saw church denomination walls being torn down, I saw different age groups serving together, I saw the rich and poor committed to the cause and above all I saw the heart of Christ in all of us.....To love and serve, because He first loved and served us. What a Day.
8 AOK zones were served
Over 15 churches united
Close to 300 people came and served.
Hundreds of Bags of trash were picked up across the area.
What a great launch to AOK Day in Peoria.
Next event - Summer Fest "08. June 28th. More details to follow.