Five years ago Seeking God Ministry was a bar called Duchess Lounge, but with the past being the past, Pastor Charles and Joann Bradford are praying for a much bigger change. Pastor Bradford said they are praying for prayer to be restored in public schools, and want it to begin in the city of Bastrop.
Joann, said God “took her heart and changed her life,” and now she and her husband are hosting their fourth annual 31 Days of Community Revival.
“Our church used to be a neighborhood bar, but God gave us a vision,” Joann said. “I owned the bar, but God called me to do something different and more meaningful with my life.”
Joann said before there was a church, the neighborhood around the bar had a lot of drugs in it, but God touched the place and it is now a peaceful neighborhood.
“God changed our lives and there are still a lot of people getting used to the idea,” she said. “God told me to trust him, and I did. I closed the bar and never missed a thing.”
The 31 day revival began Friday, Feb. 1 and will last until Sunday, March 3, and everyone is invited to attend.
“This year's theme is 'Push, Pray Until Something Happens',” Joann said. “The main thing we want to do is to get all the churches together and appeal to the superintendent and to the legislature to put prayer back in our schools. Our kids aren't even safe going to school anymore, and it is because we don't pray like we used to.”
She quoted II Chronicles 7:14 saying, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Joann said that one of the main problems the churches are facing now is the dissension between the different denominations of the Christian churches.
“It is all about Jesus,” she said. “We should lay down the denominations and our differences in worship because it is all about Jesus. We need to come together and push for the same goals. If we would pray before we do anything else then there would not be as many problems.”
Joann said she and her husband began their church from the ground up on Meek Street, but God provided all their needs.
“Some people call our church a children's church,” she said. “It is because there are so many children there. But there is a future with those children. And it says in the Bible to instill in the children the way they should go and they will remember it, even if they stray from God. They will go back to God again.”
Joann said every day during the revival the church has a guest pastor come and speak a message that relates to the theme, 'Push, Pray Until Something Changes.'
The Bradford's have witnessed many changes in their lives, and are both striving to witness an even bigger change in the school system.
“Instead of working towards gun reform, they need to be working on prayer reform,” Charles said. “The greatest weapon we have against any weapon is prayer. Prayer can beat an atomic bomb, a handgun or anything. Prayer is that powerful.”
Charles said that a massive school shooting was unheard of 50 years ago, because there was still prayer in the schools.
He also said that the government has drifted away from the Christian foundation in which the United States was born, and then quoted President Obama saying, “America this is our moment, this is our time, our time to turn the page of the policies of the past."
“The greatest curriculum our schools has been taken out of our school, and that is prayer,” Charles said. “We are appealing to all the local churches and request to our new superintendent that prayer be put back in school. How many mass shootings have we had prior to prayer being taken out of school?”
Charles said God has placed this message on his heart and said he is bold for God.
“If you are standing for God's people you have got to be bold,” he said. “You have got to step out. Our country was built on prayer. It's time to pray, We have got to change our direction.”
Bradford said he claim's Gods victory and is excited about what God is going to do.
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