Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ike Randolph Visits MC3

Indiana's Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives visited the Community Center today. As Jack Magruder and I walked Mr. Randolph through MC3 and shared your stories with him he just keep saying "this is remarkable." Over and over again he would shake his head in agreement with our vision and mission.

He shared that he believed it was the role of federal, state and local governments to help facilitate the faith community in bringing the great commission to peoples and communities living on the margins.

As we opened up the photo book of stories to share with Mr. Randolph it struck me that next month will be our One Year Anniversary when MC3 reopened its doors to the community. To think last year at this time there was no cafe, no after-school program, no GED classes, no Life Basics, no SonCity Teens, no Gathering, no Prison Transition ministry, no summer program for the kids, no STARs program, no employment opportunities for people like Demond, Roy and Peewee. All we had was a "beachhead" that was held down by great leaders and committed volunteers serving at SonCity Kids and the Food Pantry. And because of their faithfulness we can see how we built on their foundation and it also gives us courage to follow Jesus into deeper waters of opportunity.

It was remarkable to tell story after story on how God is leading the way and allowing dedicated people like you to bring God's Kingdom from Heaven to Earth. Way to go team!

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