We spent time with Dr. John Fuder. He is on staff for Heart for the City, a mission organization doing powerful things in Chicago but also training others for neighborhood mapping, and praying over cities. He also is a professor at Moody Bible Institute. Our time with him was wonderful; his words were powerful with years of experience and a lot of biblical truth to back them up.
We were able to spend time around Boystown Chicago, which is home to one of the largest LGBT communities in the nation. We were able to pray for neighbors in that area, and pray over the city. If you haven't read, Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin, I recommend it. He established the Marin Foundation in Boystown, and is doing a lot of cool stuff in that neighborhood. And we stayed with Jon Pennington at Chicagoland Community Church.
We were also able to spend time with Nate Ledbetter and his church City on the Block, and Michael Trout with YMEN.
All week I learned so much about Justice & Compassion, God's heart for the city, and so much more. The more I learned, the more I felt God calling me to stay in the West Side and keep loving and getting to know neighbors here. I have such a passion for urban ministry work, and community development.
|L-R: Megan, Brody, Izzy, Me, Kaiyeluh, Kelly, and Cassie|
***Picture stolen from Brody
I also enjoyed the three days with the mission school students, Josh, and Kelly. It was some great team bonding between praying through some hard things we encountered, 6 hours in a van for the round trip, and exploring Chicago. I love these guys!
"The word 'compassion' is derived from the Latin words 'puti' and 'cum', which go together to mean 'to suffer with'. Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion with the condition of being human." -Henri Nouwen