In an idea that the lord first lay on my heart as Adopt –A- Street in 1996, two years after I came to live in the UK, Love Your Street (LYS); is a mass campaign network aimed at motivating Christians to engage and directly take responsibility of our immediate local community where we live, work, school and areas we can easily see as our daily sphere of influence.
‘Your street” must be close enough to reach and your interest (love) must be strong enough to get you mobilized to positively impact on it first by prayer and then good works and deeds that seek to promote the wellbeing of the street and the people on it, regardless of their faith, age, gender, race or culture.
I want to salute the work that has been done in this regard by Lawrence Singlehurst, who have become a very good friend. I credit your passion for souls and your genuine interest for Christian Unity. LYS is encouraged by the partnership we share with Paul Blakey of CNI and Rebekah Breetle and the Niegbourhood Watch.
Together, our desire is that one day, very soon, all the street of England will be mapped out and covered with visible Christian influence. I am delighted to welcome you to join the network of Street Lovers.
Love your street is a secret army of Christian and most especially regular people with a mission of positively impacting on the entire geographical landscape of the United Kingdom. With as little as a personal responsibility for a street where you live, work or pass through regularly, we would create a canopy of prayer and social responsibility for the entire boundary of our beloved nation.
Can you imagine what would happen if on every street in England there was one Christian who is committed to loving people on that street unconditionally? Secondly, to have their spiritual welfare at heart, regardless of whether they ever respond to any Christian ideas.
Thirdly, to build a community, that serves the street by whatever creative means available.
Love Your Street is an initiative designed to cover all our streets in prayer, starting from London and beyond. It is to be anchored by churches and already existing local expression of Christians.
This is important because we believe in the power of prayer and its ability to positively impact our community and everything that makes up our community.
Our collective effort means that our community is covered in clouds of prayer regularly and consistently.
Our post modern world, has made us neglect the known virtue that have always been the contributing factor for building an authentic community of people with genuine reality of expression. The principles of Sacrificial Love (John3: 16) and Unconditional love (2Corinthians 5:16) are gradually fading ingredient for service, deadening how much we give of our selves to others like Jesus, even if it cost us.
Through Love Your Street (LYS), our prayer commitment for our adopted street will not only give God the opportunity to restore our broken society, the Godly sense of spirituality will develop as well as increase genuine “love thy neighbor” types of relationships, friendship and neighborliness. These will ultimately build stronger communities and a nation we all are proud of. The beauty of this initiative is that, we are not helplessly waiting and depending on our leaders to bring about better days, there is a collective responsibility to take our destiny into our hands and do something that matters.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if each street of our community had someone who was committed to praying for it and making it a better place? As individuals, families, small groups, churches and Christians across villages, towns and cities we can make that a reality by adopting a street each to look after! It’s a great way to start getting involved in your community and understanding its positive and negative aspects.
Anyone can put this into practice and you don’t need any resources to make it happen!
Join the network of Street Lovers. It is as simple as that, but it matters to all of us.
This idea will be best driven by individuals but could be adopted around villages, towns and cities with someone co-ordinating which streets have been adopted so each one is covered. It would be fantastic to have regular prayer backing up the initiative, praying for situations arising in streets and keeping each Christian covered in prayer as they seek to bring God’s kingdom to their street.Coordinating Effort and How to Sign-up for Love Your Street: We Start With London Streets.
Jane in Australia loves crafts. She dropped a note to the people in her street to say that Wednesday night was her craft night and if anybody would like to join her, to feel free to come. She has a regular gathering every Wednesday night. In this way Jane is demonstrating her sacrificial love and out of this and through appropriate conversations, whe is also demonstrating that she has the spiritual welfare of those in her street at heart.
Tom in London has two parties a year, inviting the neighbours who are close to his house. Recently, as he lives in a cul de sac, he and another neighbour organized a summer bbq for the whole cul de sac, most people came.
Peter in Stevenage runs the Neighbourhood Watch for his street and seeks to make sure that the homes on his street are as safe as possible. In this way he demonstrates his unconditional love.
Judith in York seeks to identify who the frail, lonely and vulnerable are in her street and is a good neighbour to them. She has made an effort to know all these people and regularly drops in to check if they are alright.
These are just some of the ideas you could use.
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