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Carrick (Pittsburgh), PA

Our team in Pittsburgh serves in the Carrick neighborhood which is the new home to thousands of Bhutanese-Nepali immigrants who resided in refugee camps in Nepal from 1992 until their arrival here. Through Love Carrick, a neighborhood house church network, we bring individuals, the local library, schools, churches, and ministries together for long-lasting community transformation.
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Food
Freedom
Forgiveness
Children and Family
Advocacy
Children and Family
Education
Infrastructure
Discipleship

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We work in communities throughout the world. Each community is unique and its resource needs vary. All our teams are committed to transformation. The community highlighted here is poised for growth. They're eager to connect with financial partners, organizational partners, and new strategic personnel. You can play a key role.



Community Overview

Once home to many of Pittsburgh's wealthiest residents and prominent mansions, the Carrick neighborhood faces overwhelming challenges. Poverty, limited English skills, despair, violence, and heroin addiction are realities no one can deny. In 2008, many Bhutanese-Nepalis began to move into the neighborhood which has now become the epicenter for our city's 12,000 Nepali residents. Most Nepalis are Hindu and have not heard the Gospel explained to them in a way they can understand. Despite all these challenges, our community is beginning to see the rumblings of transformation with a newly renovated library, several Nepali business start ups, and long-term residents rallying together through Carrick neighborhood associations.

Our team lives in the heart of the neighborhood and is doing all we can to be a catalyst and bring community transformation. Through the establishment of Love Carrick, a neighborhood house church network, we are becoming a launch pad for multiplying disciples that will lead to community-wide engagement and renewal.

Our Response

Love Carrick is a neighborhood church we are creating that will become a spring board for community transformation. We will have several house churches that meet weekly, come together monthly as a large group, and join together as a body once a quarter for a community project.

As Love Carrick evolves, these are some of the ways we hope to be a launch pad into the community:

  • House Churches: English and Nepali speaking house churches will be established throughout the neighborhood which multiply disciples and engage in holistic ministry.
  • Love Carrick Youth: A house church for high school and college aged students will bring students together to discuss practical age-relevant issues and be involved in community outreach.
  • Community Houses: People on our team as well as those from the community will open their homes for those in difficult circumstances to stay temporarily as well as simply living together as they demonstrate Kingdom hospitality.
  • Urban Ministry Internship: Through Love Carrick, a 10 month ministry training program will be developed and students will be required to live and work in the community. Upon completion, graduates will be given the opportunity to live in Carrick long-term becoming an integral part of our work.
  • Disciples will be multiplied through the house church network, Bible discovery groups, and mentoring relationships.
  • Love Carrick will mobilize people to serve as volunteers in local schools, the public library, and in children/youth ministry for under-resourced churches in the area.
  • Love Carrick will be a missions sending church with a focus on the unreached in Nepali-dense populations in the US Mid-Atlantic region and Nepal.

Anticipated Results

The dream before us is that we will lead a movement that blesses and encourages unity and collaboration in Carrick and ensures that every single person, every single pocket of the neighborhood has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness. May each church, each business, each school, and neighbors from diverse backgrounds be able to shout, "We. Love. Carrick!"

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OUR APPROACH
INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

Enter
Evaluate and Engage
Expand

ENTER

When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.

EVALUATE and ENGAGE

We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.

EXPAND

As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.

Projects

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Love Carrick Neighborhood Church Start-Up

Description

Love Carrick is a neighborhood house church network that will be the centerpiece of our ministry from which holistic mission will flow. Through the creation of this church , we will be able to multiply disciples, train laborers, and partner in a robust way with businesses, schools, and other ministries in the neighborhood.

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Monthly Sponsorship

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Your monthly gift allows this community to sustain its ongoing active initiatives in food, freedom, and forgiveness, as well as develop new projects that will lead to sustainable transformation in meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of this...

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Urban Ministry Internship Program (ICT focused)

Description

Pittsburgh and several cities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region are home to thousands of Nepalis with few signs of the transformation of Jesus. Large portions of Nepal remain untouched with the Gospel. The need for workers is immense and we believe the solution to that problem is to develop an internship program to train and release qualified leaders who serve the Nepali community well.

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Aasako Ghar (Hope House)

Description

We believe the best way to visibly reflect Jesus in transformation and bring people together is to buy a house in the neighborhood where Christ-followers can live alongside Nepalis in difficult circumstances. Real estate is cheap in Carrick and we could see ourselves buying many houses over the long-haul establishing a united presence of the life of Jesus among Nepalis. We are seeking to buy our first house to fulfill this vision.
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