For those who have been to Las Vegas before, this feels different. This is not the Vegas you see on see on TV, or let the good times roll atmosphere you would expect. Vegas is quiet and somber.
When we arrived, our team started with a prayer journey and stopped at a few places around the city to pray. We began with a local park, and then stopped a few places along the Las Vegas strip. While at the park, Vince Antonucci, the Lead Pastor at Verve encouraged us to pray that God would show us His heart for Las Vegas and to see this city through His eyes. We are reminded of lyrics by Hillsong, “Break my heart for what breaks Yours, everything I am for your kingdom’s cause.”
As we journeyed from Mandalay Bay to the site of the memorial, We encountered a somber heavy feeling weighing on us. Although In the midst of that, we ran into so much kindness. We met a fireman from Chicago with Canines for Christ Ministry. He asked if he and his Dalmatian could join as we walked to the memorial for prayer. As we arrived at the memorial, dozens of people gathered to mourn, feel a Sense of community, pray and to show support. It was wonderful to see a few other local churches there… waiting for the moment when someone would need prayer, a smile, a hug, or just a bottle of water. Billy Graham’s chaplains were even there ready to spread Jesus’ love.
The Community has come together with the phrase Vegas Strong. We have seen it on billboards, office windows, and we even saw it in the process of being painted on the side of a neighborhood entranceway.
Verve Church typically has mission teams hand out invite cards to neighborhoods- this week those cards are more meaningful than ever. This card specifically addresses the tragedy, with an invitation indicating a Vegas Strong service on Sunday and Monday. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for this weekend! #VerveStrong