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Get a 3 Minute Taste of Urban Life Skills

I hope this video will give you a bigger picture of what it is God has called me and my team to. Enjoy!

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Thankful for Prayer

I go through seasons. Seasons of loving what I do and really wanting to hang out with girls and seasons of feeling like I just want to move to the suburbs and get a desk job. In those dry moments I earnestly seek God begging him to give me passion for what He has called me to.

This week has been a season of loving what I do and feeling encouraged. I was thinking about why that was today and God reminded me “Heather, there are people praying for you.” Wow, what an unbelievable blessing that is. I am so grateful.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5

And please continue to pray, God is moving…

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Romans 15:30

The Fourth in Little Village

I wish these videos did justice to what it is like in Little Village on the 4th of July. There are fireworks EVERYWHERE. And when I say everywhere, I mean on like every street corner everywhere.  These are no tiny fireworks, these are like the big city fireworks. And every time one goes off, so does a car alarm. Well I’ll let you get a taste for yourself. In order to truly understand, you will have to come visit.

 

 

 

 

 

A Normal Week… huh?

In the last few months, I have had several people ask me what a normal weeks looks like for me.  There really is no such thing as a normal week in ministry. Here are two snap shots of my calendar so you can get a taste of what “normal” looks like 🙂

 

Mentoring is Worship

A good friend and fellow mentor wrote the below post on her blog last night and it really resonated with how I feel as well.  She is an amazing woman of God who truly loves this neighborhood. She has been a huge blessing in my life. You can check out her blog here.

“I don’t have anything eloquent to say about the past 5 days. I’m tired emotionally, spiritually, physically. I’ll blog one day about the past 5 days but today, in reflecting on my weekend, I wanted to share and reflect what it means to me to be a mentor to me as partially inspired by Romans 12.
It means walking through the good and bad. It means entering their lives, entering the pain, entering the confusion and loving them right through it. It means remaining a faithful presence. It means rejoicing when they rejoice and weeping when they weep. It means loving until it hurts for the sake of the gospel. It means being patient in tribulation, it means rejoicing with HOPE and it means being CONSTANT in prayer.. It means having your heart broken but then looking to the Lord for hope. Mentoring is one of the responses of my heart to the Lord. To me it is an offering to God, an act of worship. To love for the sake of the Gospel, I am compelled only by Christ.”

Heavy Heart

I met Sarah last week. She came to my house with a few other girls.  Later that week, I received a phone call from a friend, who had received a phone call from the police officier who works in the local high school, Officier Moreno (who is a believer).  He said there was a girl who has been suspended pending a parent/ teacher conference but she doesn’t have parents. Her mom is in Mexico and her dad passed away. Her sister has guardianship, but doesn’t care about her and she is an A/B student.  It was Sarah. I saw God’s hand at work. I heard yesterday that Sarah is possibly being offered $3000 to drive to Miami with a truck driving. I am fearful this is a sex trafficking ploy. This is just Sarah’s story and I am sure only the surface of it. Let’s not forget about…

-the 16 year old girl who has been sleeping with her step dad (this story is ALL to common)

-the 15 year old who was called a juvinile deliquent by her mother

-the 16 year old who is sleeping with a 35 year old married abusive man

These are stories I just heard yesterday! I have heard countless more of gang rape, abuse, neglect and the list goes on.  I have nothing to offer these girls apart from the love and hope in Jesus. And so I woke up this morning with a heavy heart…

God, bring your good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives.  May these young girls see the profound and deep love with which you love them. Soften their hardened hearts. May they see that I am not just another person in their lives to abuse and mistreat them. I will not abandoned them, because you have not abandoned me. God do a great work here in Little Village.  It is all pointless without you at work in their lives. So Abba, do that, take the scales off their eyes that they may see you as their Abba. Heal them from the pain, abuse and neglect! Grant me favor with them. Oh Jesus come!

 

*Names have been changed

Hanging Out on the Block

If a girl I am mentoring doesn’t have a cell phone it is nearly impossible to get a hold of her. One of the sure ways to track them down and hang out  is to go to the block where they live or normally hang out and join ’em. Here are a few videos of a day Elizabeth (a good friend and fellow mentor) decided to go track down the girls we mentor.

“After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.”” John 5:37

Sometimes we have to go to them.