Author: Destiny Gonzalez

How to Pray for Our City

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:14

I’m convinced Waco is a city set on a hill. The Lord has spoken words of life over Waco time and time again, and we have the opportunity to partner with Him to see the glory of God magnified in this place.

In the early 1900s Waco was known as a place of hope and healing. People would travel from all over to visit the artesian springs that supposedly had healing powers. The springs are long gone, but healing, restoration and hope is still something that marks our city.

WEEK AFTER WEEK PEOPLE POUR INTO WACO WITH HOPE AND EXPECTANCY.

Waco doesn’t only hold an expectation for physical healing it has also poised itself to be a place for people to find restoration and life in Jesus. Years ago revival was evident at Baylor University. At a conference, students were stirred by the presence of God and found themselves with a desire to be completely sold out to God. This desire is still alive in people all over our city. Last week we hosted Nights of Revival, and the Auditorium was packed night after night as people encountered the presence of God and hungered for more.

Driving around Waco, it is evident our city is filled with different cultures. Our city is painted with diversity, and it’s not only beautiful, but needed. As we’re unified throughout our city, God is glorified. Two years ago churches across the city came together to host The Gathering, a city-wide worship celebration. The culture of Heaven was on display at McLane Stadium as people were unified to worship Jesus.

Waco is a place marked by God, and through prayer, we have the opportunity to believe for His Kingdom to come in our city.

HOW TO PRAY FOR WACO

  • Hope and Healing // Whether someone is in need of physical or emotional healing, pray for God to miraculously heal those needing a touch from Him. Pray for hope to be ignited throughout Waco, and for the hopeless to find fresh life.
  • Revival // Pray for a move of God to spread across Waco, and for people to deeply encounter the presence of God. Pray for those in our city that don’t know Jesus to meet Him in a real way.
  • Unity // Pray for the culture of Heaven to be a reality in Waco as we learn to celebrate the diversity of our city. Pray for the churches in our city to lead out in being unified.
  • The Gathering // This Sunday, April 9th, our city will come together to host The Gathering at McLane Stadium once again. Pray for the leaders and speakers to be covered, and for people to fill the stadium and find hope and life in Jesus.

Join us at The Gathering, this Sunday, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at McLane Stadium. It will be a powerful time as we worship and hear from Pastor Miles McPherson, Baylor basketball coach Scott Drew and musical artist Anthony Evans. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. and the event is free, but we encourage you to bring canned goods to donate to Caritas and Shepherd’s Heart food pantries. Learn more, including information on where to park at thegatheringwaco.com.

By Destiny Gonzalez – Communications Coordinator

Making the Most of Your Summer: In Waco

Waco is a wonderland. At least that’s what people always say, right? You may be wondering, “What exactly is there to do in Waco?”

After spending my summer here for the last few years I can assure you, Waco really is a wonderland, and there is no better time than summertime in this great city.

Check out some of my suggestions on what to do in Waco during the summer:
  • Get outside this summer! With one of the largest parks in the country, the Brazos River and Lake Waco, there are many opportunities for some fun in the sun:
    • Cameron Park: Waco is home to one of the largest municipal parks, located right along the Brazos River. Grab some friends and have a picnic by the river, go on a hike or play a round of frisbee golf. The options are almost endless.
    • Brazos River: Speaking of the river, be sure to take an opportunity to get out on the water. Head over to Bicycle World, located in downtown Waco, to rent a kayak, paddle board or canoe.
    • Cameron Park Zoo: If you can’t make it on a safari this summer, Waco has the next best thing! Head out to Cameron Park Zoo for an afternoon with some wildlife.
    • Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market: Saturday mornings were made for the farmer’s market! Reject the snooze on Saturday morning and grab some breakfast or do a little grocery shopping all in one place. During the summer, the market is also open on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • With the Texas heat, you’ll definitely want to get a cold, sweet treat and these places are worth visiting:
    • Mr. Snow Shaved Ice Stand: This is your classic snow cone stand with flavors like Ninja Turtle and Wedding Cake as some of the favorites. What makes this place stand out among the rest is their combination of snow cones and ice cream rolled into one treat called a Love Nest.
    • Heritage Creamery: Located right next to Common Grounds coffee shop, this creamery is a perfect combination of hipster vibes and waffle cones. Their unique flavors include honey lavender and oatmeal brown sugar. I like a more classic salty vanilla bean, but don’t be afraid to venture out with a more daring flavor.
    • Common Grounds: If you’re not feeling ice cream, stop by Common Grounds and try a Cowboy Coffee. If you’re not much of a coffee drinker, try the Moroccan mint tea. Either option makes for a refreshing, afternoon pick-me-up.
    • Pokey O’s: This dessert truck specializes in sweet Blue Bell Ice Cream squished between two homemade cookies. What could be better than that? Because this is a food truck, you’ll have to check their Instagram to find out their location and hours.
  • If you’re not really feeling the outdoors or something sweet, check out some of these other fun places in Waco:
    • Waco Hippodrome: This recently renovated theatre is the perfect place to catch a movie. With a twist on your traditional movie snack bar, the Hippodrome offers full-service dining during the movie.
    • Downtown Food Trucks: Venture out of traditional restaurants and head to the food trucks downtown. The food trucks offer a hip, Austin vibe with shorter lines and less traffic. From Greek, to Indian to traditional Texas barbecue, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
    • Magnolia Market: Have you heard of Fixer Upper? There’s no way you can live in Waco and not know about the hit HGTV show! Check out Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market Silos to find some inspiration for your home or hang out with friends in the backyard.
      • Local Tip: If you go on Wednesdays, you can enjoy a grilled cheese from Cheddar Box food truck for only $5, just tell them you’re there for Wacotown Wednesday.
    • Visit a Museum: Take in a little culture with the Art Center of Waco, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Mayborn Museum or the Dr Pepper Museum.

There are endless possibilities to have some fun in Waco, and I hope by the end of the summer, you’ll be convinced that Waco really is a wonderland.

By Destiny Gonzalez- Antioch Communications Coordinator

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