One woman's urban impact

"One woman's urban impact" Continued...

Issue: "Save our cities," April 19, 2008

And McMillan herself has sometimes been depressed. A few years ago, she experienced what she describes as a test: "I had been looking at the house, I had some pictures, and I went home and burned them. I said, 'God I give this to You. I've said no. That's it.'" The few photos were snapshots of a newly remodeled home in Olympia, Wash., which from its kitchen window had an unobstructed view of the Washington State Capitol dome.

The house had recently been bought and dedicated as a house of prayer for Christians in Olympia, and the McMillans had been invited to run it. It was an ideal fit for many reasons: They knew the political territory, and they could live for free in a beautiful house to lead a prayer ministry in a community they loved. McMillan thought that perhaps God was saying "Well done" and providing a rest. How could they say no? But they did, out of the firm conviction that God had called them to the Russian Community Life Center, and they could not leave.

A year ago the McMillans traveled to Olympia for their biennnial trip to visit supporters. They went to the prayer house. It was "fabulously gorgeous" and the view of the Capitol dome was as imagined. But they returned to Brooklyn, recently celebrated their 27th anniversary, and plan to stay. The center now rents out its classrooms, chapel, and kitchen to American, Russian, and Messianic congregations as well as to other Christian groups, clubs, and organizations. Leslie McMillan's goal for her center, and her life, is for both to be "24/7/365 Jesus."

Kiley Crossland
Kiley Crossland

Kiley is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. She and her husband live in Denver, Colo.


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