How God Transformed My Neighborhood

Penelope is a disciple maker in Southern California. When she and her family moved into their neighborhood, there was much isolation and little community, but it didn’t stay that way. This is Penelope’s story of how God used her and her family to bring healing and transformation to their neighborhood.

Penelope’s Family Put in the Work to See Their Neighborhood Transformed 

My family and I moved into our neighborhood in 2016 and tried getting to know our neighbors. We noticed early on that there was a lot of isolation and not many people actually knew each other, so we started looking for creative ways to meet our neighbors and bring them together.

Through things like reading The Art of Neighboring, attending a ladies Bunco game night that had been established before I moved in, and inviting folks over to our home, we started creating an environment in which people could get to know each other and get to know know us.

Over time, I eventually developed good relationships with some of the women in the neighborhood and we started getting together to read the Bible. 

Penelope Mobilized Prayer

I had heard about what a Discovery Bible Study is, though I didn’t know anything about DMM. I got in contact with Paul Watson and, through coaching with him, learned about the importance of prayer. So my family and I started doing a monthly prayer gathering using the Sticky Note Prayer method.

Our first meeting was in April 2018 and since then we’ve done dozens of gatherings praying for our city and county. I still have the unruly stacks of sticky notes, each with someone’s specific prayer request on them — things like:

  • 1 John 3:18

  • Romans 12:2

  • The strengthening of marriages against divorce

  • That Christians would unite and pray together

  • For Christians to have mercy towards the lost