We can all agree that this is a very unique and trying time for our country. It is so hard to know what to say to bring comfort, healing, and help. Words often seem trite, disingenuous, or are easily misconstrued. Actions though, they can speak where words fall short. We all have seen the news where it is mostly the negative and hateful actions speaking. As Maya Angelou said,
“Hate has caused a lot of problems in this world but it hasn’t solved one yet”.
Here are some actions we have witnessed at CitiIMPACT that sow seeds of love and kindness to ALL. Actions that BUILD BRIDGES for HOPE and unity, for we are called to “Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly” Micah 6:8
- Feeding your neighbors who are hungry due to disaster and recently from unemployment (another semi load of chicken is being delivered today in Birmingham!)
- Housing – teams have come together to build and repair homes for the widows, single moms, low income, and disabled who fall between the cracks of insurance in times of disaster. In two weeks another Building HOPE will take place, with houses being shipped to Hurricane torn Bahamas.
- Loving – simply being together (when able to safely!). A hug, a game with kids, times of fellowship and laughter. Starting with our roots in inner-city ministry over 20 years ago, there have been many block parties! Thankful for all the mentors, who step in to be a father to the fatherless. Thankful that today one of those kids (shown below) is now serving the community he grew up in as a policeman and an awesome devoted Dad!
- Giving – We have always counted on you to give in times of disaster. This is likely the greatest disaster we have ever faced. There is no community without need of some kind. Please continue to give to serve those struggling to put food on their plates and a roof over their heads. Please sow kindness and compassion.
Terron, was one of our “kids” 25 years ago. He did not have a father figure but he had amazing strong women who taught him well. We always knew he would be a part of the change. Sadly, his mother was shot and killed 15 years ago by his sister’s boyfriend. Here he is getting a “Make a Difference” award for going above and beyond to end domestic abuse in that same city. He is also ending the cycle of absentee fathers! We are so proud. Pray for him in this time where it is tough to be black … and tough to be blue.