For more than two decades, Urban Harvest has been reaching out in some of the most desperate communities in our nation. The methods God has taught us are proven over time and came from much prayer, and more than a few tough years.
It is our mission to equip leaders for relevant ministry among the urban poor and to implement strategic, relevant evangelism and discipleship among the urban unchurched that transforms lives and communities one person and one family at a time.
To accomplish our mission, we:
•Network – Developing partnerships between suburban and urban Christians and churches.
•Pray – Establishing prayer initiatives in cities, uniting followers of Christ and focusing on the One who must lead any effort for change.
•Empower – Empowering children, youth and families with faith, education, work ethic, family responsibility and moral values to insure hope for tomorrow.
•Equip – Equipping existing and emerging leaders in cities to implement relevant strategies that will reach the urban unchurched with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empower urban citizens toward their destinies.
•Serve – Leading in strategic outreach which gives urban citizens in target communities the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel.
•Engage – Engaging students in short-term mission projects, providing opportunities for life-change while serving long-term strategies in urban communities.
•Share Ownership – Developing local leadership teams in target communities for growth, ownership, and sustainability of vision.
What’s most important is bridging the inner city and its people to the Lord and His people. It’s really as simple – and as powerful – as that. This kind of networking is empowering many people in the inner cities and bringing the light in to the darkest places in our nation. As we see the continued move of immigrants toward urban areas and the growth of cities even through difficult times, we are certain we’re right where we need to be to bring people hope, healing and salvation.
Over and over again the power of prayer has been proven. Notes, phone calls and e-mails have come at the exact time that a crisis was occurring or financial needs increased. Many times we have felt the prayers of Godly people as we have reached into areas of fear, despair, immorality, violence, addictions, abuse, false religions and other places of darkness.
As the ministry of UHM continues our needs for prayer grow greater. Please consider joining us in prayer.
Years ago in the Bronx, we found many obstacles to breakthrough. After a season of seeking the Lord, God gave us a simple strategy: Pray over every house in a one mile radius of The Harvest Center by going door-to-door. We did it as God instructed us, going out in groups of two and three, praying discretely at each door, not knocking unless impressed to do so. This took several years to accomplish because over 80,000 people live in that one-mile radius! But finally – when the last door had been touched and prayed over – a real spiritual breakthrough came upon the community: The crime rate fell. Corruption was cleaned out of the precinct. Drugs and gangs left the parks and playgrounds. Slum Lord housing was torn down. Children’s programs increased. New businesses came into the community. It was obvious what had happened: God changed the spiritual climate of the neighborhood!
Today, Urban Harvest is multiplying the strategies and lessons God taught us through Prayerwalking: Scores of believers are joining together and going boldly into places in the inner cities to pray for light to break through and lives to be changed by the power of God. These Prayer Walks are vital to any real and lasting change and act as a foundation and an umbrella for all of our efforts.
It’s just like it sounds. Prayer Stations are tables with large red banners inviting people to come to us to have us pray for their needs – right then and there. We don’t ask for anything from them except to bring their cares to Jesus, and we lead these neighborhoods of need right to Him. You’d be amazed at the divine appointments that have led to many salvations, healings and answers to prayers of all kinds happen when you very publicly go to God in faith.
These are just some of the Prayer Strategies that God has taught us and that we have seen bring hope, life, and change to people, families and communities!
No one could have said it better. For change to truly come, God’s people must rise by faith to Christ’s passionate plea to bring hope and change to in our cities.
YOU ARE THE FISHERMEN!
Of all of the needs of this ministry, the greatest need is for you to join us in this work and see lives, families, and communities change by the loving power of our Savior. Whether it is through Prayer Walks, Prayer Stations, Work Days, Family Days, Block Parties, Children’s and Youth Outreaches, Sports Outreach, Outdoor Gospel Presentations, or so many other ways of serving and reaching out, God needs you to walk the streets of these cities with us and become a part of change!
“I know of no one who has greater compassion for and greater expertise in ministering to the disenfranchised that exist in the urban community.”
Dr. Lamar Vest, former President, American Bible Society
“Urban Harvest Ministries has done whatever it takes to bring Christ’s life and love to the hurting of some of the neediest communities of our nation.”
Rev. Nick Savoca, Director, YWAM Metro New York and North American Cities Director
“Urban Harvest Ministries has created miracles for the children and families of our community.”
Luis Perez, Community Liaison for US Congressman Jose Serrano
“Urban Harvest Ministries has been used of God to bring new life to our church and our city: To our church by challenging and training me and our members to take the Gospel to the streets through prayer and proclamation; and to our city by their leadership and ministry that crosses cultural, ethnic and denominational boundaries. They are doers as well as dreamers of God’s vision for the city.”
Pastor Tim Terhune, Faith Bible, Livonia/Detroit, Michigan