I have been a dormant blogger lately, which I apologize for! From a writing standpoint, I have been hard at work on my newest book project with Intervarsity Press, entitled “White Awake.” I am very excited with the progress, and if all goes well it will be out in October 2017.
On the church side, one of the most exciting endeavors over the past couple of years has been the rapid growth of R CITY, our sister, community development corporation. Led by Elizabeth Galik and Brandon Green, this organization is doing incredible work in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. The vision of R CITY is to bring together the best of our city to build a path for families to walk from cradle to career to the glory of God.
Walking with young ones from cradle to career is no small feat, and we are made daily aware of the spectacular challenges facing many of the families in our community. But we are also daily reminded of the beauty and resiliency of our young people, and are really excited about watching so many of them grow.
We ran a number of programs this summer, one of which was an apprenticeship opportunity for young people looking to develop professional skills. One of the tracks was for apprentices that wanted to work with professional video editors and software coders to document our time together. They designed and coordinated interviews, covered programs, edited for content and length. The video below was created by these apprentices, and serves a double purpose of showcasing their work and celebrating stories of transformed lives in West Humboldt Park!
I’m thankful for all the amazing work happening at R CITY, and truly believe lives are being transformed. If you are looking for an up and coming ministry to invest in as this year comes to a close, I would highly recommend R CITY. You can learn more here.