Faith-based nonprofit seeks to make a difference in communities
Four area women decided that something had to be done.
Citing the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Supporting System, they found in 2010 there were 710 violent crimes in Bucks County and 1,585 in Montgomery County — including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Kelly Wilwert, Pat Martindell, Lani Kimenhour and Patty Kendall, all members of Immanuel Leidy’s Church in Franconia Township, and Sandy Lanes, of Doylestown Mennonite Church, KDYH ODUNFKHG WKH NRNSURfiW RUJDnization God’s House of Promise to unite and transform communities for the better.
:LWK RIfiFHV DW WKH VPDOO VWRNH building near JBS at 119 Allentown Road, Franconia, God’s House of Promise is operating under the umbrella of the Bucks-Mont Coalition for Evangelism.
The name is a reference to a Bible verse from 2 Chronicles: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Wilwert, a Hilltown resident, outlined three ongoing goals.
Phase one is to bridge the divisions between Christian denomi- nations and focus on what the churches in Bucks and Montgomery counties have in common.
“There’s a lot of believers out there who want to break down the walls. We just want to come together for the purpose of glorifying God,” she said.
Phase two the GHOP website, www.godshouseofpromise.org, describes as “a strategic plan of transforming the community.” A time of monthly community worship and prayer is in the works for the GHOP space. Anyone is welcome to adopt a street on their block in prayer, sign up for reading aloud from the Bible for 15 minutes weekly or monthly or volunteering to help the ministry in other ways by emailing email@example.com or visiting the website. Training is available.
“There is power in prayer. Prayer can change things,” Wilwert said. Regardless of race, social status or political persuasion, “we don’t want to curse, we want to bless. No more speaking negatively and grumbling and complaining,” she said.
As God’s House of Promise continues to read from the Bible — the goal is to have enough people reading aloud on location continually from morning to night seven days a week for a year — and as Wilwert put it, “covering the streets of Bucks and Montgomery counties in prayer,” the third phase is to move out into the community to take on relational, motivational, material and spiritual poverty.
The question that business and community people should be asked is “how can we bless you today?” Wilwert said.
Bucks-Mont Coalition for Evangelism Chairman John Niederhaus, who is also pastor of Immanuel Leidy’s Church, called GHOP “a good vision,” and said the BMCE is happy to offer encouragement DNG RYHUVHH WKH RUJDNLZDWLRN’V finances.
“We think the word of God is foundational for life and how we ought to conduct ourselves,” he said.
For more information, call 215723-2575.
Merlin Grieser helps his grandsons, Alex and Aaron, pull their wagon full of donations for Keystone Opportunities Center during the CROP Walk.