Courage Church!!!

Last week we made a HUGE announcement to everyone at REAL CHURCH in Detroit & Hamtracmk.  My husband, Chilly, put it best, so I’m going to “guest post” his blog post about our announcement:

And… today, check out his blog today where he’ll be posting a video of this news with more pictures!

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by Chilly Chilton, originally posted at www.ichilly.com on July 23, 2012

Sunday was an EPIC day for my life,
my family, my church & my community!

Besides combining our campuses together to worship, baptize and share a meal – which in and of itself was SO fun and amazing – we also shared TWO big changes that brought everyone to their feet!

1]  We now have a 3rd Campus!!

That’s right, we have a big, old, beautiful church building right in the heart of SW Detroit (better known as ‘Mexicantown’)! This facility will enable us to make a HUGE impact in another very needy area in Detroit’s inner city! We plan to open it’s doors on October 7th, 2012 (our church’s 8 year anniversary). But, before that can happen, we need lots of miracles & help from others (YOU)! We need workers, resources and ministry teams to come help us!

Here’s a list of things that we need:  Mexicantown Campus Support

2]  We now have a NEW Name!!

We have changed our church name from Real Church to Courage Church! This change was bitter sweet… Real Church has a good name in our community and is all we’ve ever known since we opened.

Real Church was the beginning of a dream, Courage Church is the pursuit of a destiny.

I’ve been asked by several people about this decision, here is what I’ve shared: there are many factors that went into the name change — sensing that it was God’s leading is, obviously, the only factor that really matters.

Many people were confused w/ Real Church (like we were saying ‘we were THE only real church!’) plus we never had social media continuity. With Courage Church – we have a name that defines us at the next level, and brand consistency:

– Website: CourageChurch
– Twitter: @CourageChurch
– Instagram: @CourageChurch
– Facebook: CourageChurch

So, thank you to EVERYONE who cheered & dreamed with us today! There’s lots of work ahead, but it’s good work! I would welcome the support and help from ALL of you who follow me here on iChilly! Invest in us, tell your friends & church about our mission, or even move here and join us on the front lines in the most dangerous city in America! Detroit is changing, God is moving and we are ready to serve Him at any cost!

… oh, and by the way, we’re still REAL! 😉
Chilly

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Thanks, My Love, for saying it so well!

She said she couldn’t live anymore

Her name is P.G. (Ok, it’s not, but I’d never print her real name.)

 

She’s come to Real Church since it first opened in 2004. She lives nearby and has attended fairly regularly for nearly all of that time.  She’s a small lady, only in her 50’s, unkept hair, no teeth in the front (and breath that leads one to believe that more of her teeth may be on their way out soon). Her weathered face speaks of hardships beyond her years, and her reading & speaking  abilities reveal a feeble mind and fragile emotions. She’s precious. She’s in great need.

On Sunday, P.G. told me that she just couldn’t go on living the way she is. She wanted to die. (You’re startled. You’re reading faster now, aren’t you?  Good!) For the next 45 minutes or so, she told me some gory details of her life with her boyfriend, their filthy house, their ever-disappearing income, his drinking problem that shallows up their money, and the anger and despair that comes with it all. I just listened for a long, long time, occasionally asking a few questions. Praying silently in my head. It’s all true. We’ve seen the house. We know her boyfriend. It’s not just a story; it’s truth.

Only Jesus can help P.G…. you see, clothing and food give a minute of relief, but their troubles are deep… they’ve gone years with bad choices and doing what is easy, even if it’s wrong. You see… this is the same story that P.G. has been telling me for nearly 7 1/2 years now.

 

We offer options (ie: “We’ll find another place for you to live, you’re not married to him and you don’t have to stay in this horrible place.”)
But P.G. says, “No!”

 

We offer to help her go grocery shopping so she can learn to cook more & stop eating fast food (which destroys budgets and bodies).
But P.G. says, “NO!”

 

We gently make suggestions about “getting rid of the unnecessary things like cable TV and the FIVE cats” so that there’s more money for food and bills. But P.G. just ignores the words and changes the subject.

She’s stuck. She’s miserable. But somehow the thought of changing is far worse than the current hell in which she lives.

Oh, my heart is SO heavy. Her plight is very real. Her heartache, obvious. But she is unwilling to let go; unable to step forward.  Jesus!  Help P.G. to want YOU!  She comes to the building where we have church service; she cries. She prays. But please, help her to trust YOU. Help her to find courage in YOU to trust… and to stop doing what she’s always done. Her precious mind can only handle so much.. but YOU know exactly how to reach her. Please do. Please speak her language. My words continue to go unheard, but Your words are healing & joy. Please do what only YOU can do, Jesus. 

Yes, it IS only Jesus that can bring complete & lasting change to P.G. & others like her, but we at Real Church are doing things to help them with what we can. She and many, many others in Detroit receive food, clothing, encouragement and love. You certainly can join us. Donations make a huge difference. If you’re in the Detroit area you can physically help serve this community!  and EVERYONE of you can pray. Talk to Jesus about the P.G.’s in our city – and your city. Pray for them. Pray for us as we do our best to show them the love of Jesus in a practical way. Only JESUS can make the lasting changes.)