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Praying in the rain – Merlin Gonzales

The FHL Week 2020 started with bangs of thunderstorms, flashes of lightning, and heavy rain.

Within minutes of corporate prayer at the FHL Drive-thru missional food pantry, the rain poured with thunder and bolts of lightning. As we were praying, it seemed like the Lord is saying I will pour out my Spirit on all people,
“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.” Joel 2:28 (NIV)

Halfway in our prayer, I was reminded about the first FHL Week in 2005 when I walked barefoot around the Indianapolis Circle to dedicate the week to the Lord and prophetically declare the His holiness in the city. While it was pouring rain, I took off my shoes and prayer walked around the building seven times barefooted.

Along the way, while praying and looking to heaven and the pavement, many thoughts came to my mind. God’s faithfulness in providing the former Starbucks building to set up His glory in Castleton, – from an empty building into a place of His habitation and provisions for His people. I was reminded of how excited I was when I found out that Starbucks will be paying for the rent of a prime location to be used to feed His people physically and spiritually.

It was humbling to realize that a once abandoned building is now a spiritual hub in the community. On those asphalt driveway and parking lot, thousands of individuals had already been fed and 200 souls were saved in just a little over 2 months. In a parking lot – people are being saved!!!

In the 4th round walking around the building, a notion came to my mind that in the coming weeks, people will be baptized in the parking, people will be healed physically and spiritually and people will be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I have never imagined that a vision could change a community is such a short time. For example, I had a meeting with one of our drive-thru leaders yesterday at a restaurant behind our building. They provided us a conference room and when it was time to pay the bill, we found out that the Manager comps our lunch as a sign of appreciation for what we do in the community. In fact, ALL the businesses behind our drive-thru MFP, are already our friends and are willing to work alongside us in blessing the community.

In the tail end of my prayer walk with soaking clothes and sore feet, I was invigorated by the notion – that God will soak us with His presence and claim Castleton in His Name. I believe that greater things are yet to come to the city and that we can do the impossible through the grace of God and His anointing.

Tomorrow, we will start our Hunger Challenge (0-0-1), eating a meal a day and chronicle our experience with God and with others. Please do not forget to sign up on this platform to share with others what could be possible.

God bless you and please keep safe and healthy!!

Merlin GonzalesPraying in the rain – Merlin Gonzales