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God’s Work in Atlanta

missional lifestyle, the City - by - September 8, 2009 - 10:06 Etc/GMT+5 - Be first to Comment!

Amy and I had a very encouraging time in Atlanta this last weekend and met some incredible folks.  I wanted to give a shout out to these ministries and people and thank them again for their encouragement and their faithfulness in serving Jesus where they have been called.

First, a big thank you to Nate Ledbetter for sharing some time with us, showing us what they are doing at MetroMerge and FCS Urban ministries and giving us a glimpse of his heart for the people in South Atlanta.  We were introduced to Nate by Christie Norwood, who it was also a pleasure to meet and get to know a little.  Christie works with Charis Community Housing, which is another one of FCS Urban ministries outreaches into that neighborhood.  The whole FCS Urban family of ministries is doing some great work, reaching out to people and ministering to people on many different levels in many different ways.  Very encouraging and I would encourage you to take a few minutes and explore their websites.

Second, a big shout out to Anthony Carter and East Point Church.  An amazing church plant intentionally reaching out into the neighborhood in an area where most of the big established churches are slowly dying, it was a breath of fresh air to get to fellowship, worship and break bread together as brothers and sisters in Christ.

We had a good time of seeking the Lord’s will for us, talking about and planning the future for our family and some good time in prayer. We skipped most of the “attractions”, but spent our time exploring the city by rail, bus and on foot, learning about the people, neighborhoods, history and what is happening now. And yes, we did a LOT of walking – through neighborhoods, down “main streets” and through various places in the city. We met quite a few people, often with just a friendly “hello”, but others we stopped and talked to for a while.

We also fell in love with Joe’s coffee house (their site is not currently up, but here) in East Atlanta Village.  We kept finding ourselves ending up there for coffee or other drink and to rest and talk – even if we were on the other side of Atlanta when we decided we needed coffee!

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