Chicagoland Baptist churches were recently served — in the name of Jesus. People from 10 states recently descended on Chicago over two days for dozens of projects, part of Send Relief’s Serve Tour, sponsored by the North American Mission Board.
They blessed 16 churches, seven local schools and five bivocational pastors and helped with more than 20 community projects from painting viaducts to feeding the homeless. In the end, 2,800 construction hours were logged and there were 982 gospel conversations. NAMB provided fully outfitted medical and dental trailers for the weekend.
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Unfortunately the needs can be overwhelming in Chicago, where there are 9.4 million souls, the vast majority of whom are not in a vital relationship with Christ. Most churches are stagnant or in decline, and there are massive opportunities for displaying Christ’s compassion.
Over the past year, more than 13,500 migrants have arrived in Chicago — thousands of whom are sleeping on police station floors. One church, Starting Point Community, is housing 16 men.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Nathan Carter and originally published by the Illinois Baptist.