***From our previous blog -- originally posted 1/27/16***
YWAM in Detroit has been blessed so far in the pioneering process. We have felt so much favor and support from everyone we have met. Our building in Hazel Park has been such a blessing to us. The original wing of the building was dug by hand in the early late 1930’s and the newest addition to the building was added in the 1970’s. Over the course of time there have been multiple leadership changes along with congregational ups and downs. We have been renting a section of the building from the existing church. We were so blessed by them to have been given full permission to do what we wanted with the space. The location was perfect for what God wanted us to do in the metro Detroit area. Unfortunately, with so many changes over the years in the building there is now a long list of things wrong with the building.
Last Thursday we came back to the building to see a notice from the city. The notice said that we (YWAM and all other ministries in the building) had 48 hours to vacate. A city inspector had come through and noticed a number of things that did not comply with building codes. We were hoping that the issues would have been manageable to fix right away so that we could move back in. Unfortunately, we will not be able to move back into the building anytime soon. We are still hopeful that we will one day be able to move back in.
This has come as a huge surprise to us. Thankfully we have been blessed with such a huge amount of support from families and churches in the area that have taken the team in and given a place to stay in the meantime.
You are probably wondering where we are with finding another building? We have been looking at our different options all over the metro Detroit area. We have been looking at potentially renting house and we have also been looking into some buildings similar to where we previously were running our ministry out of. We just want to reassure you that the team here is well taken care of. We could really use your prayer in this time. We are still exploring our options and seeing where God is taking us.
We will try to keep everyone updated as much as we can. Thank you to those of you who have been with us every step of the way! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them.
***From our previous blog -- originally posted 1/14/16**
Here at YWAM Detroit, we have been hosting a DTS outreach team from Richmond, Virginia. They have been a real blessing to us here thanks to their huge heart to serve in the metro Detroit area. One of the most interesting areas for ministry here is in the city of Dearborn because it has the largest Arabic Muslim population in the U. S. and is home to the largest mosque in North America.
Yesterday we set out for a church in Dearborn with the YWAM Richmond team and a few YWAM Detroit staff. We started off our day at a friend’s church worshipping and eating lunch, but due to a change in plans we found ourselves with some time to kill until the evening when we were coming back to the church for the midweek service.
We all had decided to let the Holy Spirit lead us and take a driving tour around Dearborn. We were planning to stop at the Justice House of Prayer which was located at Springwells Church, just a few miles down the road. Before we had gotten to the church we noticed that there was this car that had been closely following the YWAM van for a few miles. When we changed lanes this car would change lanes and when we would turn this car would also turn. When we finally pulled off the road into the church parking lot the car still followed. It pulled up in front of our van, and a man got out to ask us what we were doing. He then went on to say that he was the pastor of the church we had just arrived at. He just so happened to see the van which says “YWAM” on the side and then followed us right into his church’s parking lot. His name was Trey and he invited us into the church for a cup of coffee.
This had to have been an equally strange encounter for Trey as it was for us. And for Trey, he saw the YWAM van and followed us right into his parking lot without any sort of communication before this. Purely a divine appointment.
Once we went inside Trey sat down with us and shared about his time in ministry in Dearborn over the last 30 or so years. This was just the man that we wanted to talk to. An expert in his community with tons of opportunity to serve in the area. A few of us had questions about the culture and religion which Trey was able to answer for us. The following day the outreach team was invited back for early morning prayer and the girls were given the chance to help in an English class for some of the women in the community while the guys from the team were able to bless Trey by cleaning up and organizing part of the church.
This was quite an odd but awesome act of God’s perfect timing. A minute later or earlier could have made the difference. We may have never been able to meet Trey and hear about his heart for the Muslim Arabic community in Dearborn.
Want to know more about sending an outreach team to Detroit? Check out our Outreach Team page.