SIDNEY — On Oct. 9 reviveOhio came to Shelby County. Most churches in the county took part and many people were reached. A lot of people thought it ended on Oct. 16. That was the official end date for reviveOhio::Shelby County, but people didn’t stop reaching out. Several pastors made the commitment not to let the momentum die.
On the first Saturday of each month since then, pastors and church members have met together in the morning to go out in teams and approach others on the street and ask if they would like them to pray for them.
On May 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. the churches will join for an entire day of outreach.
“It will start at Connection Point. People will go out, they’ll go back to Russell Road church for lunch, then they’ll go out again. Closing will be at Connection Point with a message and praise and worship,” said Paula Lang, communications secretary.
This time reviveOhio will have only a limited involvement. The churches of Shelby County will be in charge. Shelby County is one of only a few counties that is still going strong and continuing the mission.
“I think so many people have been joining up for the monthly outreaches that it has been in discussion for quite some time. People show up wanting a week of revive. The next best thing is a day,” said Lang.
It is obvious that people are still interested in spreading love to the community. Volunteers have shown up at the monthly outreaches despite the weather.
“In January it was like -13 degrees and 40 people showed up. In March we had 50,” said Lang.
Every Thursday a group meets at Russell Road church to pray for the county.
“It’s all about planting seeds. It’s about loving people. It wonderful,” said Lang.
The community can be involved without going out in teams. Lang urges people not to be intimidated by going out.
“It’s easier than you think,” said Lang. People are also needed to help sign in volunteers and to pray with the group on Thursdays.
Anyone who would like to be involved in any way can call Lang at 937-638-1661. You can also text her your email and ask her to sign you up. When she has your email, Lang will add you to her list for updates.
“It’s my honor to be involved. I wanted to be involved in the beginning, and I still love it. I haven’t become tired or frustrated. How could I?” said Lang.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.