This is why we can't wait. We can't delay. We can't hesitate in this moment. South Dakota, now is the time.
Summer Ramp '06
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Things are busy busy busy. I've been traveling all over the wonderful state of South Dakota. I've had the privilege of preaching in churches all over the place and in a variety of denominations. I've been invited into everything from Assemblies of God to Lutheran and Baptist to Wesleyan. God is intent on unifying his church on the issue of LIFE. We're so encouraged by what we're beginning to see here.
Life Light is this weekend. We'll have a prayer tent going night and day for the three days, and Lou will be speaking the LIFE message from the main stage on Sunday afternoon. They're expecting over 300,000 people this year during the three-day event. Then we're calling a state-wide season of prayer and fasting for 21 days (September 5-25).
We've been sieging for the last three Saturdays. Turnout has been good. We've had 100+ each week with 130 the first week. One of the sieges was covered by the local NBC affiliate. Kim, Taylor and I were featured in the segment. You can see it at this link.
Well, it all just a quick update. The family's sitting down to eat dinner at Panera now. We're all kinda sick of dining out all the time. Especially since it usually ends up being fast food.
Posted by Matt Lockett at 8:14 PM
Monday, August 21, 2006
I'm so encouraged today. Some YWAMers have come to South Dakota to fight with us. They were sent here by a dream, knowing nothing of what's going on or what we're doing. They're with the group out of Tyler, TX. That same group has mobilized a large group to reinforce our team in DC as well. C'mon YWAM!
We held our second silent siege on Saturday. What a powerful time. We had about 100 intercessors show up to participate. Many were local residents from Sioux Falls, but there was a surprising amount from the surrounding area. Some folks drove from over an hour away to be there. We will siege again this Saturday, and we're entertaining the thought of continuing on September 2nd during Life Light.
Posted by Matt Lockett at 5:23 PM
Monday, August 14, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Today was a busy day. We got some office furniture donated to us for free. "Cheap is good, but free is better" as my friend Amy says. We spent most of the day cleaning and setting up the office space. We had the carpets cleaned and they look awesome now. Before we did any of that though, I took the team to 6511 West 41st Street. This is the location where 814 human beings were slain in 2004, and who knows how many since then. There's a building there. From it hangs a defiant banner that reads "PLANNED PARENTHOOD- THESE DOORS WILL STAY OPEN!" We prayed there on the sidewalk today. It wasn't long, but it was powerful.
We will build a wall here like the one in Ez 22:30.
We will build a wall here between Planned Parenthood and the high school across the street.
We will build a wall here like the one we've had in DC for 22 months straight.
We will build a wall here to declare life to South Dakota.
"When the victors, when they come, when the forts of folly fall, find my body near the wall."
This Saturday we will lay siege on this spot. We will be fasting lunch and gathering on the sidewalk in silent prayer from 11 am to 1 pm. No protests, just prayer. We appeal to a higher court and intercede for the defenseless. I want to put 200 people on the wall this weekend and more later. Come South Dakota, the Lord of Hosts is summoning you to battle. We'll see how things intensify and develop in the coming weeks, but come this Saturday and join us with LIFE tape on your mouth. Have to work? Then fast lunch, and join us for 30 minutes. I promise that you'll never be the same again.
Life for South Dakota.
Posted by Matt Lockett at 12:24 AM
Sunday, August 06, 2006
We officially landed in Sioux Falls on Friday morning, and we hit the ground running. We met with folks from Focus on the Family twice on Saturday and I spoke at an African Amercian church late that night. It was actually at the end of a hip hop concert. My ears are still thumping. This morning I spoke at a small church in Madison just north of Sioux Falls. Across the board South Dakota has absolutely the most hospitable people I've ever met. It has been the same in every city and church I've been in during the last month.
Tomorrow we'll be trying to get our new office set up. The big need will be furniture. We plan to call some local stores to see if they'd be interested in donating any scratch & dent items.
Here we go!
Posted by Matt Lockett at 9:07 PM