‘God Belongs in My City’ event set for Aug. 23 in downtown Rockford

Staff Report

At 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, a “God Belongs in My City” Prayer Walk will begin at two meeting points — Fairgrounds Valley, 1015 W. Jefferson St., and Blackhawk Courts, 338 15th Ave. — both ending at Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St. Following the walk, spoken-word poetry, worship music, and hip-hop music will be performed.

Organizers explained in an e-mail: “‘God Belongs in My City’ is our declaration of Faith. As Christ came and changed the world, we, as Christians, ought to impact our city NOW. There is a call to fearlessly rise up as one and not collapse under the waves of this world. We are commissioned to carry forth the Gospel of Salvation, and will start by joining together for a Prayer Walk in our city!”

T-shirts for the Rockford walk may be purchased online at www.godbelongsinmycity.com. Learn more about the Rockford walk at http://www.godbelongsinmycity.com/rockford/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GBIMCROCKFORDIL. A short video about the movement can be found at http://vimeo.com/38203368. Local coordinator Lawrence Taber can be reached at (815) 670-0758 or gbimc.rockford@gmail.com.

According to the “God Belongs in My City” website (godbelongsinmycity.com): “In October of 2009, a youth group passionate for god in New York City saw an atheist advertisement campaign in their subway system which stated, ‘A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?’ They were so stirred up by this, that they went to their youth pastor, who then went to his network of youth pastors/leaders to ask, ‘What are we, as the body of Christ, going to do about this?’ They prayed and decided to take action and have youth ministries from all around the five boroughs hold a prayer walk wearing a simple T-shirt which stated ‘God Belongs in My City.’ In less than two weeks, on Nov. 14, 2009, more than 1,500 youth walked from north and south of Manhattan, meeting at Times Square and Grand Central Station, making a bold statement that made history in the city, and now the nation. Will your city be next?”

From the Aug. 20-26, 2014, issue

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