I wonder what crosses your mind when you first hear our name – Memphis House of Prayer and Justice. With the little bit you’ve heard already, maybe your mind conjures up visions of urban ministry and fills with words like ‘social justice’. You see kids in the garden, hands in the dirt, smiling as they pick the literal fruit of their labor. You see mentors, passionate about education, helping not only the children, but also the parents who need to support those kids. You see training offered in life and job skills. Maybe, you even see micro loans and aid for starting small businesses. For others, who have a familiarity with the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, it may be a completely different picture. One of auditoriums filled with the sound of worship – a song’s melody or the cry of the broken interceding for their family, their friends, their community, and their world.Countless voices crying out, “Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done!”
In truth, each of these images represents an important facet of who we are, and who we hope to be, but each of these images is also very distinct. So, for the time being I will be addressing them separately. On one hand, I’ll talk about the house of prayer,. On the other, I’ll share the vision for bringing justice to our community. That said, as I write I will be intentionally moving back and forth between the two. So I will arrange content by category to make it easier to follow. ‘Justice’ will detail the plans for intentional community and ministry within that community. ‘House of Prayer’ will explore what it means to worship in a free and Spirit led manner as Christ followers gather before the Throne.
To begin with, the next post will explore our definition of justice and the importance of God’s ministry of reconciliation as the basis for how we seek to help people. I believe this is important to put us on the same page once I begin to share both immediate plans and future dreams.