Sex Trafficking in Northern Virginia is very close to home

Oct 11, 2016

Chelsey Trevino

How is it possible there are sex trafficking victims in our community? After all, we are more than blessed, and it doesn’t seem to compute that sex trafficking could be happening in our area. This largely underground crime has infiltrated our cities, and for the most part we are blind to it. Not because we don’t care, but because we don’t have a trained eye and the tools to make a change. Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative ( is changing that. Through four main avenues of awareness, advocacy, prayer and victim services, we are starting to see the tide of sexual exploitation change. We are honored to work with victims who turn into survivors and walk along side of them... Read more


Jesus’ Priestly Prayer: Obeying It, Praying It

Sep 1, 2016

Tom White

Our global mix of cultures, cities and nation-states is more desperate than ever to witness a socio-spiritual community where people of diverse ethnic, economic and generational profiles live and work together in some measure of harmony. At present, religious extremism, ideological polarization, and overt violence are at troubling levels. A prophetic word from Isaiah seems to capture the situation, and offer a challenge to the Body of Christ: “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light…” (Is 60:2, 3).   Man’s extremities bring opportunities for God’s people to “rise and... Read more


Building Youth Resilience: A challenge to our communities

Aug 29, 2016

Howie Levin

A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice; Behold, the former things have come to pass; now I declare new things. Isaiah 42:3, 9 Too many of our youth are losing hope. We observe a growing list of symptoms. They are engaging in risky behaviors that too often lead to drug overdoses, suicides and other devastating outcomes. Hopelessness affects the affluent as well as the lives shaped by poverty. It has no racial or ethnic boundaries. It can occur in families of high function or dysfunction and in those intellectually gifted or those struggling with learning challenges. “One quarter of kids, when they become high... Read more


Demonstrating the Love of Christ across the DMV

Jul 23, 2016

Rob Peabody

On July 16, 2016, tens of thousands of people gathered for Together 2016 at the National Mall in Washington, DC to worship and be commissioned as a unified church to be Jesus to their country and the world. The day was filled with renowned speakers and artists from Francis Chan and Louie Giglio to Lecrae and Hillsong United. It is under this backdrop that Awaken My City launched as the premiere tool for non-profits and churches to organize and mobilize their people to serve.  Over 30 organizations received volunteers to help meet their daily needs. These included the National Parks Service, Capital Area Food Bank and World Vision through a special project hosted by a local church to pack... Read more


Praying continuously on the will of God

Jun 28, 2016

Howie Levin

There was a time in my early years when I perceived God as a hovering surveillance camera in the sky. In a good way, he was a deterrent to my poor behavior and the moral compass of my conscience. As a Jew, I saw God as all powerful, having created the heavens and earth. He was a stickler for rules and a potential rewarder of good performance. I later learned that I had it all wrong. God was so much more and I could know him and his will! Talking with God (praying) was limited to me trying to justify my sins, my unjustifiable thoughts and behaviors, and asking for stuff. Any prayers I prayed of awe and praise were not my own, but rote recitation of words of others prepared way back in... Read more


CityServeDC - Collaboration to Bless the DMV

Apr 22, 2016

Jill Carmichael

CityServeDC is seeking to equip and empower people to serve with Kingdom purpose in our community. In order to do that we strive to create a partnership between churches, nonprofits, businesses, and the government. Knowing that alone we are just a drop in the bucket of solutions to the needs in our community but together we can rebuild a broken region for Christ.  The first step is getting the word out about what we are already doing and about creating opportunities for people to meet the needs through ongoing service. We have chosen to use an amazing new tool called Awaken My City ( Through this tool service opportunities can be posted and people... Read more


The church is not the goal, the advancement of the Kingdom is

Feb 10, 2016

Will Plitt, Christ Together

If someone came up to you and asked you how many churches existed in your city, how would you respond? Would you immediately try to do a running inventory of all of the many individual churches that comprise your geography? The answer to this question is that there is only ONE CHURCH in your city – the Church of Jesus Christ. We see the Apostle Paul write letters to The Corinthian Church, or The Church of Philippi, or The Colossae Church. Paul knew there were many churches in these cities working together for the advancement of the gospel. If this were true then, could the same not be said of the churches in your city today? Jesus says in John 17: 20-26, “May they be ONE.” Jesus has only... Read more


Celebrating Thanksgiving Blessings as a Testimony to the Gospel

Nov 13, 2015


This Thanksgiving 2015, we want to imitate John the Baptist who "came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe" (John 1:7). Feeding those in need and sharing the gospel message will be our testimony to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. John spoke about Jesus and we want to display Him brighter in the DMV so that everyone will know He is "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6) and the only way to God the Father. Churches across the DMV have been serving neighbors in need for a long time, but the community has had limited awareness of the magnitude of these blessings. Meeting real needs in a significant ways in Jesus's name focuses glory on Him and also... Read more


Praying 4 Every Home in our Region!

Nov 5, 2015

Howie Levin

OneHeartDC has the perfect follow-up to the Washington Prayer Gathering for you. Imagine what the Lord might do if every home in the Metro Washington area is being prayed for by name - in effect, creating a 'prayer canopy' over the entire region and our 5 million neighbors! If all the churches represented at the Washington Prayer Gathering participate, this vision can become reality. Even if you were not there, we encourage you to participate to help us saturate our region in prayer.   To accomplish our goal of praying for every home by name, OneHeartDC is partnering with to provide secure web tools to our participating churches, which enables each of their members to... Read more



Oct 13, 2015

Jeff Jacob

Unity is one of the most powerful forces in the world.  In the book of Acts, God's people were together in unity when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them and the church was launched with powerful and impactful results!  When unity comes to a group of people, nothing is impossible. Listen to the words God spoke in Genesis 11:6 concerning unity and its potential.  As the people were building the Tower of Babel, God said, "The people are united, and they all speak the same language.  After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!" (NLT)  Jesus prayed for us in John 17:20-21 when He said these words, "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will... Read more