Contributed by James Stewart, Baltimore Family Fellowship Pastor
Our “40 Days of Blessing Baltimore” began on April 7, 2018, when we committed to work together as a community to bless our first 430 couples.
A few weeks before this date, I was delivering food to a church we work with in Baltimore. The Deacon from this church had passed away and was now in the spiritual world. I was sad, of course, and prayed for her passing. On the following Monday when I walked into the church, I felt her very strong presence. There was sadness in her spirit. The words came to me were that I had cared for her and the church, but she was sad that she had gone to the spiritual world without receiving the Blessing and the Holy Wine. We never know how long we have or how long others have, so I made a public determination with our community to reach out to as many as we could as soon as we can.
The first day we held a Blessing, we had high hopes and were expecting many couples, but as the time drew near, many dropped out, at one point we thought no one would turn up, but Heavenly Parent worked. On the first day, four families were Blessed. On the next day, five families were Blessed, and from that day forward, at least one family has been Blessed each day and often more. Many in our community are going out and Blessing family, friends and colleagues.
Each Tuesday we set up a table on one main street community in Baltimore. The first day was like a miracle. Before we had finished setting up there were several people filling out forms. We had forty cups of Holy Wine and had thought that would last for most of the day, but we were out of cups before an hour was over. One man came running from across the street asking if we were giving the Blessing and could he have the Blessing. One person shared that the Holy Spirit descended on him as he drank the Holy Wine and received the prayer of Blessing. A beautiful elderly nun came and asked to receive the Blessing and tried to give a donation. Couples with children will wait to receive the Blessing and linger to share and talk. Even some who had already received the Blessing come back just for prayer and to share. The second Tuesday we shared the Blessing with 40 couples and singles in 4 hours.
We have seen miracles as we have gone out into the town. This 40 Days of Blessing is turning into 40 days of miracles. Even some of our lost members who we have not seen in a long time have started coming back.
One young man came and took the Holy Wine and rededicated himself to God. His life was very difficult. He had labored under addictions in the past, but since the day he took the Holy Wine, he tells me his life has changed around. He comes early, serves, and helps to clear up after our Sunday Fellowship and looks brighter and better each week I see him. He got a new job this week.
The Blessing reminds me of Abraham pleading and negotiating with God to save the city of Sodom asking if he could find ten righteous people, would God save the city (Gen 18: 16-33) or in Jerimiah 5:1 "Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.”
If our Heavenly Parent can save a city based on finding one righteous person. Think what our Heavenly Parent can do when we find 430 righteous families. We are hoping that will help God to save our city, our state, and our nation.
Peace and Blessings,
James and Tilly Stewart
Pastors, Baltimore Family Fellowship