Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween in Salem Begins

Friday evening was Mayor's Night Out in downtown Salem. Participating stores and businesses became a part of it by passing out candy to hundreds of local children who were trick or treating.

Gregg and Jodi, Carlos, Joyce, Mark and Anthea from Cheltenham England, and Jeff from North Carolina were there to help.

The following two days we offered free Dream Interpretation, and a variety of Spiritual Counseling advice and help. Live music was provided on the stage we provide downtown each year.





Jeff estimated the number of people we ministered to on Saturday and Sunday at about 300 people. 14 people - from New York, Pennsylvania, the UK, Carolina, and those of us from Salem were here to reach out to people.

Many of them cried. Some of them expressed their interest in pursuing God more deeply, and many people were thankful for the encounters.

14 people - 300 people in encounters. That's pretty good numbers if we were into counting numbers, but our main interest is individuals being touched by God's gentle love.

3 more weekends to go, and it can only get better, busier and filled with God's grace. Please keep us in your prayers.

If you would like to help support this massive work which is sacrificially being accomplished by a small church in Salem, MA you can do so by donating at www.salemgathering.com

3 comments:

steph said...

I was one of the people who was able to attend church at the Gathering on Sunday the 9th and participate in spiritual counseling later that afternoon with Carlos and Tiffany (?). I cannot tell you how much my friend and I enjoyed worship and how healing it was for both of us. The spiritual counseling was definitely an encouragement to me; most of what I heard from the two counselors was nothing that God hadn't already been telling me, but it's nice to know that I really am hearing God and not just my own voice. And for what I was told that I hadn't already been hearing, I am grateful to have been encouraged.

Thank you so much for allowing yourselves to be used by God in this way.

Pastor Phil said...

Hi Steph,

Thanks for joining us, and for sharing your experience with us. The encouragements often keep us motivated and moving forward.

Phil

docspond said...

I never knew Salem had so many corrupt politicians who influenced our country. From Timothy Pickering who wrote the Alien & Sedition Acts to Thomas Perkins and his Opium Trade, America is still feeling their impact in the Patriot Act and our war on drugs. Plus these politicians had a series of smuggling tunnels built to move cargo from the sea to an underground railroad station without paying custom duties. Check out the Salem Tunnel Tour, the bet Salem walking tour. Visit them at www.salemtunneltour.com .