North Lakeland is growing by leaps and bounds – particularly through
new homes being built and purchased. Many of these new homes are a
stones’ through away from the YMCA that Compass Point is meeting in. The realtors/developers/builders tell us that those
buying them are mainly families purchasing their first home or folks
not wanting to live in the Tampa/Orlando area. Anyway, 95% of them are
in the building stage with no yard or exterior.
For the last
year the Compass Point staff has been going out walking and praying
through these new communities. No real original idea – except three
weeks ago we included the entire church in the deal. We called it a
"Seed Service" and would throw out a handful of grass seed at each home
or lot we prayed over. It took off and our folks just kept doing it.
They really have a heart for our soon-to-be neighbors.
Sunday night since the "Seed Service" there has been a group of Compass
Point people out praying in our new subdivisions. The greatest thing is
that the staff never really drove this. We just planned on doing it
about once a quarter. People just took it upon themselves to invite
others and go out informally. Most of the time they pray over
homes/lots for an hour (throwing out seed they purchased themselves)
and then head off to dinner together.
I know that, for most of
you reading this, a "Seed Service" is nothing new under the sun.
However, the fact that our folks have embraced it has really blown me
away. Sometimes God just moves in such an unexpected way that you can’t
help but fall on your knees in awe. This is one of those times!