Power Pack Need - They're inner-city children ... the kids who routinely go "without" --
But today, you can give something worth sharing -- something life-changing -- you can show them God's love before they head back to school.
I'm inviting you to reach out in a beautiful, practical, proven way to children and families through our annual PowerPack™ outreach.
With back-to-school time quickly approaching, please give a generous online donation now to help us provide backpacks full of school supplies to children in need....
Help Needed for Summer Camp Event - Dear Friend,
Every year we end Summer Day Camp with a trip to Deep River Water Park. The kids have fun splashing around with their new friends!
As we round out our final week please pray that the children will continue to grow in their faith and form a whole-hearted, life-long relationship with Christ. We are thankful for your partnership, both prayerfully and financially. To date, we have 75 campers sponsored! That's two thirds of the 100 kids who come to have a safe, fun, gospel-filled summer. W...
Reaching Little India - Reaching Little India
The north side of Chicago is like a different world from the south side. Little India, on Devon Avenue, is an ethnically diverse neighborhood of people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan. Over 60 languages are spoken, and many religions are practiced, including Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. These are drastic contrasts to the mostly African-American and Latino south side neighborhoods of Chicago.
Summer Camp Time - Highlights from Summer DAY CAMP
It's been hot in Chicago! Unfortunately, the summer heat translates into violence in Chicago, making it dangerous for innocent children to play outside. That's why Here's Life Inner City runs a Summer Day Camp every year at the Agape Community Center for the children in the south-side Roseland neighborhood.
Our daughters, Rebekah and Anna, participated in Day Camp for the first time. They anticipated its start every d...
Harry Update - Dear Pleasant Hill Church,
Are you ever nervous when you do something for the first time? Terry was. About a month ago Terry participated in one of several evangelism trainings we offered in preparation for our annual Boxes of Love outreach. Terry is a new believer in Jesus who had never before shared the gospel with anyone. She was both excited and scared to give it a try.
As we walked down the sidewalk Terry shared that she is still wrestling through her own doubts and questions about her new fa...
10 Years! - Rebekah turned 10 years old on Oct. 23! How in the world did that happen!?
Recently, I heard someone say, "When you're a parent, the
days are long, but the years are short." So true!
We celebrated with a satisfying mix of friends and family
(many from out of town). Mainly, Rebekah collected money
to save towards ten weeks of horseback riding lessons. She
only has $11 to go to pay for them herself! Let's just say
that she's "focused." All of our kids will celebrate birthdays soon. Come
Prayers and Praises for the Harrys - Praise God:
• For calling Michelle and I to share the
gospel with the poor in Chicago in
both word and deed
• For all God did in and through our 230
Urban Immersion participants
• For Lawrence's new faith in Christ and
the ten others who began relationships
with Jesus during Urban Immersion
• For God to be glorified during our
ministry's first Fellowship Dinner on
Saturday, April 30th
• For leadership transition in our
ministry, locally and nationally
• That we will love Jesus...
Spring Break Changes a Life - LIFE-CHANGING SPRING BREAK
My junior year of college I (Brad) went on a mission trip to Chicago during
spring break called Urban Immersion that changed my life. God used that
experience with Here's Life Inner City to call me into ministry.
When I signed up for the trip God had already been talking to me about moving
to Chicago after graduation to serve the poor. But I doubted He could use a dorky,
middle-class, white guy to do much good in the hood. To my surprise, there were
already men there like...