The Call Detroit

It has been said often enough recently; there is no hope for Detroit. But thank God, there are thousands who believe God desires to change that and turn our nation and Detroit back to God.

It has been said quite often lately that there is no hope for Detroit because we have sufficiently destroyed and continue to destroy ourselves. But, thank God there are still thousands in the metro Detroit area who believe God has chosen Detroit as a staging ground for demonstrating great hope and healing for our nation.

In our days of success and prosperity Detroit was known around the world as a model to reproduce. A popular saying back then was, "As Detroit goes, so goes the nation and the world." We believe God wants to do it again right here in Detroit and southeastern Michigan.

Because we believe that with all our hearts, thousands are gathering  to fast and cry out to God in fervant prayer, daring to believe America could turn back to God and Detroit could be the catalyst. "The Call Detroit" will gather at Ford Field this weekend, Friday, November 11, at 6 p.m. - Saturday, November 12, 6 p.m. 

We are fully aware that we are gathering in a city that has been and is being mocked as a microcosm of our national crisis. A city whose extremely negative image displays economic collapse, racial tension, unusual and tangled corruption at every level, along with record shedding of the blood of our children in our streets and ...of our unborn. But that's the encouraging thing. Historically, in the Bible and in more recent decades, people have been prompted by God to fast and pray for a period of time, about their desparate circumstances and God responded to their desparate humilty, love for their city, repentance, and worship and did turn their city or nation back to God.

Because we have been challenged to do the same, thousands of Detroiters, Michiganders, and others have gladly embraced the sacrifices of prayer and fasting to ask God to turn our city and our nation around. So, we ask you to join us at Ford Field this weekend. This is a free event. The only cost is your sacrifice !                               

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Cathy November 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Do not attend this event if you are truly a Christian. This group's goals are to "comvert"all Catholics, Jews, and Muslims to "christianity" and once converted will "go forth" and convert others. Google Rachel Tabachnick. Listen to NPR's Fresh Air show of Aug. 24th. Patch writers-this needs an immediate follow-up.
Hassan A. November 11, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Ford Field for a gathering? That's quiet an expensive venue. Can't that money be used to help detroit school's, police, fire resue, etc.? Who is putting this event together? I am sure it is people who are not from Detroit, and people who think they know what is better for us than we do. I agree, this event sounds way too shady....
Frank Lee November 11, 2011 at 01:57 PM
I thought this website was for Dearborn news and events not a forum for people to advance religious and ideological fundraisers in Detroit. This site needs to be edited better.
Therese Terns November 11, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I am very disappointed that you chose to write and further publicize this event. The God I know loves everyone that HE/SHE has created. It's organized religion that separates humanity and groups like those intending to gather at Ford Field who attempt to force what they believe to be "The only WAY!" I will be praying for them as they gather, and I will be praying that they see the real light of God in EVERY human regardless of race, creed, gender orientation or culture. I am VERY disappointed in "The Patch" and I hope you reply something in regard to this. TT
Bryan K November 11, 2011 at 05:18 PM
How can a group of people gathering to pray for Detroit be a bad thing? Pray! Pray at home, pray at Ford Field, pray your hearts out. If God is as loving, caring, and wise as the Bible says he is, he will answer the prayers that our best for Detroit and ignore the ones that are not.
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) November 11, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Blogs are published through our sites by readers with a wide range of views and ideas. At Patch, we welcome this diversity, because it reflects the communities we serve. We support and encourage lively and respectful debate. While this blog originated on the Farmington-Farmington Hills site, other editors have picked it up because it addresses a regional event that people from other communities will attend.
Kathleen Broski November 11, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Kathleen Broski November 11, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Therese --There is no forcing it on anyone. Are you being made to attend?
Therese Terns November 11, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Hi Bryan! Thanks for your comment. I agree that praying in a group is very effective ("when two or more are gathered..."), What I am concerned about is the anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic sentiments that some of the prayer leaders/organizers have. You are correct-God will answer the prayers that are best and ignore the ones that are not. I will pray for trust and hope. Thanks! Yes, let's lift Detroit in prayer for peace, unity and justice.
City of Dearborn November 11, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Also: We would welcome any response blogs or op-eds on this issue. Contact myself or any Patch editor if you are interested!
S Warren November 11, 2011 at 09:20 PM
I thank Dearborn Patch for bringing this (and all events that are free and open to the public) to our attention. I am not attending but I feel that knowledge is power so I like knowing what is going on in and around Dearborn. I am thankful to know people are praying for our state.....we need prayer!
Hassan A. November 11, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Thanks for the link. This proves my point. Someone from outside of Detroit, spending an absorbant amount of $$$ is trying to push his agenda. I am sure that the residents will see straight through this propaganda, just like we have seen in the past.
Therese Terns November 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Hi Kathleen! No you are correct. I was simply stating my disappointment that this was publicized on The Patch, that's all. When I read about it in the Detroit Free Press I was concerned that it was going to be an anti-anyone who wasn't Christian type of event. I hope to read the news when it is over and know that it was not and that people were united for goodness and peace. Thanks for listening...
Susie November 12, 2011 at 05:09 AM
Cathy, I am a little confused? You say that their goal is to "conver" all Catholics, Jews, and Muslims to Christianity.....aren't Catholics already Christians?
Susie November 12, 2011 at 05:57 AM
Therese, Where did you get your information that this group is "anti-Muslim or anti-semtic", anti-Catholic"? If it is your right to believe in your God the way you want to, than why is is not ok for others to believe in an organized religion which would be Christianity or other groups? I listened to one of the organizers of this event on a video on channel 7. He said "Let's break down the racial barriers that separate us and unite together in prayer". I also listened to a very small sound bit about Muslims but it doesn't give the listener enough information to show that the group is spreading hate as some have suggested. It surely doesn't sound like a Terry Jones situation. I don't see a problem with The Patch giving the public information on this event. If Christians want to go to an event that welcomes people to pray together for the good of society than why not. The Patch covered the Occupy Detroit Protesters. I am not a big fan but I wouldn't tell them I am disappointed that they would post information about it. I just simply would read it and not go.
Frank Lee November 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM
I am thankful that other people are gathering and praying for me to accept their religion. I think they will be as successful as when they prayed for rain in Texas. Great job Patch promoting a racist, homophobic, anti Arab, anti Catholic, know nothing political agenda disguised as religion. The KKK is also a fraternal Christian, patriotic organization hopefully they will take advantage of your liberal editing.
Cathy November 12, 2011 at 02:16 PM
To all, google Rachel Tabachnick, a reporter who has followed The Call and similar groups. Also go to NPR, Fresh Air for Aug 24th and listen to Terry's interview with Rachel. Of course they don't go to local churches here and tell them what they purpose is - they want to gather hundreds, perhaps thousands of folks at Ford and then be able to say "see these 'Christians' are with us. Frank Lee your post is right on as to what this is all about.
Leah McCutcheon Williams November 12, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I think if people watched it via "live feed" you would find this is not "anti anything" group except a HUGE amount of church going people there to lift up the city of Detroit. They are doing it to help everyone from the downtown area, to the suburbs. How all this *hate* stuff got dragged in is just media and people not really understand what this is all about. I honestly know of over 1000 people who have been fasting and praying for 21 days to prepare their hearts for the city of Detroit. Not once in all the prep have they prayed against anyone but hate, evil, racial divide. They only want the city to turn around. Murders to stop. Little children to have safe schools and drug free schools. Mind you this group down there is mixed denominations. There is a sampling of all religions down there (check out the check in sites for all the 100's of churches). Watch it live at; http://www.thecall.com/Groups/1000084666/TheCall/Events/Detroit/LIVE/LIVE.aspx.
Frank Lee November 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Glad to see the attendance at this rally was a flop, and when do we determine if the prayers lifted up Detroit a week, ten days, a month. After this group prayed for rain in Texas the state caught on fire, their track record is not so good. Sometimes it's as if God don't like stupid
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Cathy: Thanks for writing! I have been very busy with The Call for months, so I purposely waited until after the event to respond. Two things: 1- It is a purpose of almost all "religions" to make converts. If we believe what we accept as "The Truth" then of course we want everyone to get in on the Good News. 2-As you may have observed, there were no negative after reports in the media. In fact those in the media who did come into The Call were impressed mostly with atmosphere of love among the attendees and the love that was consistently expressed through the thousands of prayers that prayed during those 24 hours. Love for God, for others, and for one another. If you weren't there, I am genuinely sorry you missed a great experience. Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Hassan A. I purposely waited until after The Call to respond to your comment. 1-Too expensive? Yes it is expensive, and yes, the money could have been used for many other "good purposes." Another view is that the very generous people from Detroit who provided the funds are very caring, giving people to the groups you mentioned and more. I think you made an assumption from hearing some inaccurate information. Also, the great good that will flow to those groups you mentioned will now be increased in exponential measure since the folks who attended The Call not only prayed for them, but will increase their giving and service to them in the days to come. Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Frank: I am really sorry you were so disapponited. I am also sorry your attitude kept you from attending this free event to see for yourself how powerful prayer is to affect good change in individuals, families, communities, cities, states and nations. That was our goal and appears we suceeded. Time will tel, won't it?? Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 04:03 AM
Therse: You seem to be a bright, compassionate, and passionate person who cares for a world in crisis. You are very right about the point you made concerning religions separating people and causing division. I have discovered that when a person developes a relationship with God, love is the first characteristic that emerges from that relationship. Relationships require an ever increasing loving quality to cause them to grow and develope together, so they want others to experience God for themselves. Certainly religions require more learning about the rules of the religion. Relationships require learning about the one being loved. And, that changes everything! Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Bryan: Thanks Bryan! You get it. I hope you got to attend The Call. What loving and powerfully life-changing event for all the attendees. But, more exciting is what the greater Detroit area is going to experience over the next few years will be worth our 24 hours of prayer. Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 04:17 AM
Thanks ladies. Your comments to one another is exactly what we want to encourage. As Joni said, this is a great opportunity to challenge each other's thinking so we can begin to really care for one another and respond to one another with what I would call biblical tolerence, rather the Political Correctness. Whole communities can experience a change in atmosphere from frustration and resistence to acceptance and incrased God consciousness when genuine tolerence is present. Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Kathleen and Hassan: One thought. When speculating about money for this event please ask the people who know first hand. The leaders of The Call. There were some "out of town" donors who love God and love Detroit and Michigan. They along with the attendees funded this event and supplied additional funds to assist a ministry to people who live in unfortunate circumstances. Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 04:25 AM
SWarren Thanks for your encouragement Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 04:36 AM
Frank and Cathy: A little harsh don't you think? Especially when neither of you, apparantly, attended The Call Detroit. The old-timers used to say, "the proof is in the pudding." Or, the proof is in the results or...the consequences. Sorry you weren't there to experience the immense love for God, our great City, for individuals and groups in the City and the State to experience the fulfillment of their personal and corporate hopes that will have a resounding effect on the return to prosperity we used to know here in the Detroit area. Paul Bersche
Paul Bersche November 14, 2011 at 04:42 AM
Misinformation and Misinterpretation often lead to negative responses. Positive responses, not necessarily from those who agree, come from honest open-hearted reseach. One will always come to an uninformed conclusion when they begin with a premise that knows the conclusion they intend to prove. Paul Bersche
Cathy November 14, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Frank, I read a comment from you once you listen to Terry Gross' Fresh Air from Aug. 24th. Otherwise your responses prove my point.


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