USA - Little Village (Chicago), IL
Little Village is home to many great assets. Hardworking families, vibrant culture, strong community organizations and involvement, and dedicated churches add to the already famous 26th Street commercial corridor, which hosts thousands of small businesses.
Even with these many great assets, the Little Village community faces several struggles. As a “port of entry” community, issues relating to immigration abound. The neighborhood has made gains but is still behind most of the city in the area of educational achievement. There are not enough activities for young people and street gangs are very prevalent. Most people have not had the opportunity to clearly encounter the Gospel.
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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
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.
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.
In response to these challenges, we’re partnering with the community to fight for the community. With New Life Community Church the team has supported and planted life-giving congregations in the neighborhood and together with other partners has sought to address issues of educational achievement and gang involvement.
With Jesus and with each other we’re playing a part in making Little Village a more secure place with greater opportunities to grow as followers of Jesus, and to see our neighborhood look more like His KIngdom.