Kingdom in the Marketplace

We at Light Up the City recognize the Body of Christ, that is the Church, is very diverse and that ministry takes place in all facets of our society's sectors: Government, Business, Health, Family, Church, Arts & Media, and Education. A question we have been lead to explore lately is,how do we go about encouraging those in our congregations who are teachers, writers, business owners, elected officials, etc. to do the work that God has for them- in the places they are gifted? We hope to explore those questions with you and look to examples of Kingdom work in each of these facets in our coming gatherings. Each of our quarterly gatherings for the past three years focused on several issues we in

Kingdom in the Marketplace

We at Light Up the City recognize the Body of Christ, that is the Church, is very diverse and that ministry takes place in all facets of our society's sectors: Government, Business, Health, Family, Church, Arts & Media, and Education. A question we have been lead to explore lately is,how do we go about encouraging those in our congregations who are teachers, writers, business owners, elected officials, etc. to do the work that God has for them- in the places they are gifted? We hope to explore those questions with you and look to examples of Kingdom work in each of these facets in our coming gatherings. Each of our quarterly gatherings for the past three years focused on several issues we in

Brave: Recap

On Saturday, May 5th we hosted our second annual Brave Event. The purpose of this event is to remind girls who attend that they are valuable and encourage them to dream big dreams for their futures. We recognize that some teen girls are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and homelessness, but especially those in the foster care system. 225 people (including teens, volunteers and parents) were present for the event on the Seattle Pacific University Campus. Over 80% of the 12-18 year old girls who attended are connected to the foster care system. They were reminded that their past does not have to determine their future. Attendees entered a beautifully decorated room full of fun and

Brave: Recap

On Saturday, May 5th we hosted our second annual Brave Event. The purpose of this event is to remind girls who attend that they are valuable and encourage them to dream big dreams for their futures. We recognize that some teen girls are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and homelessness, but especially those in the foster care system. 225 people (including teens, volunteers and parents) were present for the event on the Seattle Pacific University Campus. Over 80% of the 12-18 year old girls who attended are connected to the foster care system. They were reminded that their past does not have to determine their future. Attendees entered a beautifully decorated room full of fun and

Happy Mother's Day

A Promise of a Mother I became a mother at the age of sixteen, this was not what I dreamed. Now I have faced the responsibilities to proceed in raise a young King. With all tenacity he looks up to me, the kind of man I want him to be? A man to break the cycle of poverty. A man to supersede his father’s being. A man to have faith in the divinity. I pray he’s better than I could ever be. I pray that he’s wiser than me and make the right choice accordingly. I was there when he took his first steps, it was quite impressive how great life could get. Watching him sprout, my faith in his future I have no doubt. The best blessing that I’ve had is raising you, I’m so glad. You helped me realize the t

Happy Mother's Day

This coming Sunday is Mother's Day! For this week's post we have a guest writer from Queen's Academy, the teen mom program through Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. Queen's Academy provides a faith-based, education focused, transitional housing for young women with children. The program includes case management, child care assistance, mental health counseling, career planning and educational support. Yasminda Dorrough is the Program Administrator and shares a poem from one of the guests, Aliah: A Promise of a Mother I became a mother at the age of sixteen, this was not what I dreamed. Now I have faced the responsibilities to proceed and raise a young King. With all tenacity he looks up to me,

National Day of Prayer

We are excited to have Patrick Walton from International House of Prayer, as a guest writer for our blog today, on the importance and need for National Day of Prayer. If you'd like to attend an NPD in your area- we've listed a few options below! The National Day of Prayer is May 3rd, 2017 Our nation is in a place it has never been before. As a younger leader, I cannot speak to the entire history of our nation, but in my lifetime, it is changing rapidly, and that which was stable growing up is now very unstable. This change isn’t necessarily all bad; it is just different and accelerating, and I think it is important to take note of the swiftness with which it is changing. However, through the

National Day of Prayer

We are excited to have Patrick Walton from International House of Prayer, as a guest writer for our blog today, on the importance and need for National Day of Prayer. If you'd like to attend an NPD in your area- we've listed a few options below! The National Day of Prayer is May 3rd, 2017 Our nation is in a place it has never been before. As a younger leader, I cannot speak to the entire history of our nation, but in my lifetime, it is changing rapidly, and that which was stable growing up is now very unstable. This change isn’t necessarily all bad; it is just different and accelerating, and I think it is important to take note of the swiftness with which it is changing. However, through the

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