About a month ago as I was laying down for bed, an image of a fire burning came into my mind. I closed my eyes to see what God had for me.
I found myself a couple of stories up in an old building downtown. As I looked out there appeared to be a beautiful sunset, glowing orange and red, but as I moved closer to the window, I could see that buildings were on fire. However, instead of it being detrimental, I had the sense of this being peaceful and good.
I was moved outside on the street and noticed the fire was burning certain buildings, but instead of destroying them it was making them new again. This was downtown revitalization, one building block at a time for the Kingdom.
Suddenly, I was back in the room where I began, and there was a line of people around the perimeter of the room (it was large and open) reaching their hands out and praying. I looked out the window and saw people praying and walking away from the building to bring Jesus to the community.
God is raising this up. I am certain he is placing dreams in Kingdom minded people’s heads right now of businesses they want to start and ways they can make this community better. I don’t know if it’s a coffee shop or a guitar store, but I do know for certain that when God is in charge of these dreams He has a big plan for us and for our community.
The School of Kingdom Writers is going to draw 24 people who will live and work in Zanesville, who will wield the power of the Kingdom of God to restore brokenness and bind the brokenhearted. They will support and encourage a thriving community, while learning about how to claim writing and media spaces for God.
I am so looking forward to what Zanesville will look like in 10, 20, 30 years. It will be a different place, a place where God manifest presence is known. We pray and believe that addiction will flee, sickness will be healed and hopelessness with be replaced with Jesus, our everlasting spring of Life.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43: 19