The garden for me has been an experience in developing community. I have met more people in the few months of working the garden then the 10 years I sat in my office. The garden is on church property but not connected to it. Between the church and the garden are 2 homes. I was embarrassed when I went out recruiting for persons to take plots and realized I had never met my neighbors…(continued)
When I became a believer it dawned on me that the more I believe, the more I must also follow. As I read more about this Jesus guy, I became intrigued by the life that He led simply by going to people and loving them well and unconditionally. That was over 22 years ago. To this day, I find myself following this "Jesus guy" into the mission He has called me to in my community of Middletown, Ohio.
There's no wrong way to love your community right where they are. But there are some things that I have noticed that always work and have yet to fail me…(continued)
The neighborhood was beginning to wear on me and my children. Our house had been broken into several times…Gun violence had come too close for comfort. The loud music, the fights, the drugs, and the large groups of guys hanging out in front of our house were too much. One evening, I was sitting in the living room as chaos erupted outside. I decided I was done. I don’t have to do this anymore, I told myself. In fact, I can’t do this another year. I started looking for a house in the suburbs.
Right around this time, I began the Forge residency…(continued)
One of our strategic initiatives at Forge America is “Connect”. We want our movement of missionally minded women and men to be connected to their teams, their contexts, resources and other like-minded movements. This is no small task, especially when we are apt to “hold each other at bay”. Mission is no place for lone-rangers. The task is hard enough and the stakes are far too high to go about this thing alone…(Continued)
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