On October 7th, our own Broken Chains Board of Directors, Kevin Chapman, was a member of a distinguished panel of speakers. The event centered around the citywide Unity Prayer Walk, which Kevin, Pastors Mike Hatch and Robin Joyce had been planning since February of this year. Little did they know the event would coincide with the mass shooting tragedy that happened on the Las Vegas Strip, October 1.
The Unity Prayer Walk was inspired at the completion of Kevin’s own personal walk around the outskirts of Las Vegas in December 2015. The vision is to have One Church of adults and youths from various denominations walking and praying together for our city from the outskirts of the Vegas Valley to its center. This recent Walk helped move us closer to the vision by having several churches doing so from the north, south, east, west, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and culminating at Las Vegas City Hall.
The original plan for the Walk that was also in accord with the Mayor’s Faith Initiative, which Pastor Cody is familiar with, was to be a local event having possibly some local coverage. But Kevin says that he was still unsure of who was joining him, since there was not a huge interest. He said that he actually considered not even doing it because it seemed to go unnoticed. Well, October 1, 2017 changed everything! The Unity Prayer Walk, which seemed to go unnoticed, was now thrust onto the national scene with so many other meaningful prayer vigils to help our city heal from the horrific event. This event, however, took on a more visual importance when Kevin and Pastor Mike Hatch were contacted by Las Vegas City officials telling them that they had received interest from the White House who wanted to be involved. Very involved. They and other prayer walkers were honored to have Vice-President Mike Pence along with the Mayor and members of both the Senate and Congress come to City Hall and speak at the end of the Prayer Walk. Vice-President Pence even mentioned Kevin in his nationally televised speech.
Kevin says that only God would know that when the original vision was given and when they started planning in February, deciding in July to have the Unity Prayer Walk on October 7th, that we would not only need this event to help us heal, but that it would gain national and worldwide attention. God knew that He would give the world an opportunity to see His greatness and let them hear of the importance of both Prayer and Unity in Him. And, He chose to use our very own local public servant, Kevin Chapman, to do it. What an Awesome God we serve!
Two Lunch Tuesday (2LT) began again in October. We have 29 schools participating in the current program and would love to add YOUR children’s school to our list. For more information on this program please see the 2LT section on our website.
Our first month back we collected 5,480 lunches, which added to the total collected during the summer months (some schools like to give during the summer) of 1,391 brings our total lunches for the current school year to 6,871.
Pastor Cody’s dog, Bear, usually accompanies him on his rounds as the children really like to play with him.
The lunches collected are given to homeless on the streets, US Vets, Salvation Army, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, TLC & Help USA. Thanks to all the schools who participate in this program!!!
Now that the cold weather is approaching, we are in great need of sleeping bags for the homeless. Please prayerfully consider donating sleeping bags to the ministry (old or new, 1 or 20, everything helps). If you can help, please contact us through our website. Thanking you ahead of time!!! (Check out this link to purchase inexpensive good quality sleeping bags).
To date, we have received 3 large orders of sleeping bags; the picture is of those purchased by Pastor Cody’s dentist, Dr. Greg, DeeAnn & Joseph Bennett and Jim Jackson. A big thank you to all of them for all they have done and continue to do for Broken Chains ministry. So far we have received 88 sleeping bags!! GOD IS GOOD!!!
We have several ladies who knit & crochet for the ministry and we are collecting yarn to make hats & scarves for the homeless in our community. If you go to Hope Church just bring the yarn to church and leave it for Broken Chains in the lobby.
If you don’t go to Hope Church but would like to assist in this project, please contact us for further information on where to send your donation.
If you are an avid knitter, please consider knitting or crocheting hats & scarves and sending them to us.
Everyone is invited to attend our weekly Bible study and BBQ. It is held at Myron Levitt Park (the old JC Park) on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. The park is just north of the intersection of Eastern Avenue & Sahara Avenue. If you would like more details including a Google map, please visit our website contact page. Come and join us any Wednesday!