He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pride On Low

One of the things God continuously is helping me be sensitive to and humble in, is remembering that we are not here to "save the day". As much as our flesh and many people around us want to believe or say that, we are not! We are NOT here because the kids we minister too don't have good parents. Its not because we have it all together or know it all with our reformed evangelical views, biblical training, our Baby Wise parenting, or our educational background. Many of our parents are wonderful, as a matter of fact, ALL of them are. They are simply doing the best they can, with what they know how. It's important for us to remember when we minister to these kids and hear their stories, that we are not quick to think, "I have to SAVE them". Yes, there will be times it will be necessary to call the authorities, but I must be discerning, quick to listen, slow to speak (or react at times). I want the parents whom I minister to and have grown to become great friends with, know and TRUST that I am partnering with them. We are mutually being transformed as we find ways to love on these kids and teach them the love of God. Urban Missionaries are not saviors, we are ambassadors for Christ, the hands,feet and mouth piece of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We don't have all the right answers, or resources to help our neighbors, but I am so thankful we KNOW the one who do. The name of the LORD is a STRONG TOWER,the righteous run to it and are safe.
They may not believe it, but my neighbors have ministered to me in many profound ways. We came here to learn, not just serve. It's always good to check ya pride!

When pride comes, then comes dishonor,But with the humble is wisdom.Prov. 11:2

Monday Nights

" I know I need to be saved, I need this bible study". -Young Mom of 7

Keisha and I left church evening after hearing the most encouraging sermon on Matthew 28 and headed to the projects to talk to women about participating in our Monday night bible study. I gotta keep it 100. I am nervous, anxious as to what God will do, and I am really,really praying that when I speak next Monday that I honor the Lord with my words and articulate clearly the message of the gospel to these women. I am even nervous about all the beef that these women have amongst each other. We talked to a least 8 or 9 women that night and all of them shared how they keep to themselves where they live and don't really talk to any of the other women around them. A lot of them have past beefs due to dating the same men at the same time or just from gossip and slander. There is work to be done. So much so, that is it very overwhelming and can seem hopeless. Keisha and I, are about to be close up to the work God is about to do in the hearts of these women. Please pray for us. We so earnestly believe this is what God wants us to do, and we believe this is the place He wants us to be. Even in the midst of all the fear, we are excited, and humbled that the LORD would give us the privilege to share his word with these women. Last night, was amazing, we heard stories, we prayed with the sick, we laughed and just shared our heart behind having this study with them. We experienced the heart of God as we traveled from house to house, sharing how we wanted to teach and proclaim the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

Please keep these women (and us) in your prayers!

Acts 18:24

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Fear

When I was in the 6th grade, I remember hearing of a girl who was 11 and gave birth to a baby. Her body could not take the labor and so as a result, she died giving birth. That was my first introduction of kids having kids. It scared me..for a little while. When I entered Junior high I was introduce to many sexual games, movies and magazines. When I entered High School I became sexually active as a result of peer pressure. Someone posted a ink to an article on my Facebook page. The link was about some very sad news. I am burden and a bit shocked that things have gotten this bad. Yet, the bible says that there is NOTHING new under the SUN. I believe that is TRUE, I also believe that GOD has a plan and will use HIS PEOPLE to work, and share the message of HOPE with these girls who have fallen prey to such circumstances. 90 girls pregnant in a local Memphis High School. Watch and read the local news program about it here. This is a HUGE fear of mine for our girls, and girls everywhere!! This is why I firmly believe God would have me to do this purity study. To education, share my own experiences(testimony), and most importantly so that these girls would KNOW how much God values them and their bodies and how HE has a better plan for them, one that will protect them from so many spiritual, emotional, and physical damage.

Thank you to all of those who are helping or has helped with my purity study supplies. I am now only in need of 11 Kits by February 1st. Please continue to spread the word. May the Lord in HIS grace keep my hood from having the same story.

If you would like to donate towards our study please email me at mrsnicolek@yahoo.com
or send Checks to Common Ground Montgomery c/o Nicole King Purity Study
1516 Mobile Road -Montgomery,Al 36108

Purity Study Kits are $40. See them here!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Look Back Into History

"The most terrible thing about the situation in the South was that so many of the folks who were either violently racist or who participated in discrimination and enslavement through unfair and unlawful business practices called themselves Christians."
-John M. Perkins 'Let Justice Roll' pg 143

That quote is so heavy. Heavy to think God's "people" took part in such hateful acts, as well as heavy to think that many of the things that were practiced back then still go on today. I remember growing up as a little girl in Chicago, I had such a heavy fear of living or even visiting the South. My six grade elementary teacher did such an outstanding job with teaching us about our history and exposing us to books, movies and songs that would give us an idea of what it must have been like back then. No matter how many movies, television shows or lecture I heard, it still didn't hit me as hard as it did last week. Last week, I had the opportunity along with a couple of special girls in my life, to see something that was weighty. I saw on the news a couple of weeks ago that a water fountain from the 60's was discovered during construction on an old pharmacy building. I contacted a local news station and they gave me the address and I had to go see this for myself. We entered the back of the store the same way the blacks did back when segregation was heavy, we stood on the bottom floor of the building where blacks had to shop while their white counterparts shopped in the upper level which was nicer, and more organized(as some have told me). I still couldn't imagine what it must have felt like to have to drink from a different water fountain as someone of another color, but that day, I felt the weightiness of it all. I felt, unworthy,shameful, and very fearful. Many of the emotions I am sure many blacks may have felt then. My heart breaks for my city, I believe what I saw that day is a reminder that racial hatred still exists today and racial justice is such a need RIGHT NOW! ( I know it is because I witness it happening to many who live around me from day to day) I TRUST God is good, I TRUST He has plan, but does that make things easier, or lighter or should we remove ourselves from situations that don't DIRECTLY have an effect on us?? I now have a much more heavier burden for RACIAL JUSTICE and pray that GOD will continue to remind us of those before us that have had to endure such painful times. May we pray, may we beg God for justice to roll down and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.....

"I do not understand why so many evangelicals find a sense of commitment to civil rights and to Jesus Christ an "either-or" proposition. One of the greatest tragedies of the civil rights movement is that evangelicals surrendered their leadership in the movement by default to those with either a bankrupt theology or no theology at all, simply because the vast majority of Bible-believing Christians ignored a great and crucial opportunity in history for genuine ethical action. The evangelical church–whose basic theology is the same as mine–had not gone on to preach whole gospel." John M. Perkins

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Few Updates

Happy New Year my people! Hope your year is off to a GRACE-filled start. Things are very busy around here. We are preparing for our Summer Resident Mission(new name for Summer Internship), we have an awesome line up planned for Spring Break. I am soo excited! We have three out of state groups coming to help with a small VBS for younger kids, Middle school kids will be a part of youth development projects, our community garden is receiving a NEW and improved make over(cant wait to post pics) which includes a future plant nursery, and Urban Youth Market Garden! Loving the idea of having a healthy hood! :)

This weekend will be the beginning season for our Common Ground Montgomery Lions Basketball team. We have 4 teams this year and we are thrilled! The staff was rocked last week with our first robbery committed in one of our staff homes. We are in heavy prayer over our community and we TRUST God will bring good out of this (some of the items were found but not all). In less then a week me and another staff member will go into the projects and kick off a women's bible study,please, please pray for the hearts of the women and that many will be impacted with the gospel. My purity study begins Feb. 15 and will continue till May. Please be in prayer for that as well. I don't know what God plans are for me or my hood this year, but so far He is rocking my world in so many ways....and I am loving it!!!