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Discovering Jesus in the Least

In “Discovering Jesus in the Least,” you’ll walk alongside veteran outreach worker, Chris Ramsey, as he uncovers the depths of God’s love not only for the “most overlooked and ignored” folks in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood…but also for himself.

Ramsey welcomes the reader into his world through a wide variety of short, poignant observations amassed over 25 years. What he discovers will undoubtedly challenge you to examine your own views regarding the poor and the homeless of our 21st century American society.

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14Sep 2018

Kathy Khang comes to JPUSA

By |September 14th, 2018|Categories: General|0 Comments

Urges us all to Raise Our Voices!

Kathy Khang, a fresh voice among believers, came to JPUSA for a book launch for her new book, “Raise Your Voice,” subtitled “Why we stay silent and how to speak up.” on Sept. 12.

So what’s the theme of the book in a nutshell? I have not read the book as yet, but from her talk it’s unmistakable that she is modelling for us on how to “own our voice.”

And what does that mean? My “take” on this is that Kathy is calling us to begin to recognize our own thoughts and beliefs about life, and then not to be “shy” to express own’s views. But of course we need to use wisdom and love and compassion and discernment when sharing our “views” of the world and how we relate to it. Still, we ought to “own that responsibility.” We ought to be able to “allow” God to speak through us—his truth as we see it.

And of course we aren’t proclaiming to the world that we “know it all,” or “understand it all” but we are not afraid to speak up about “issues” of the day. We are not afraid to let our voice be heard in this social media age.

But she does have 3 key principles to heed when we feel “led” to enter the dialogues of the day.

1. “Just do it…afraid!” (Translation: You might be scared to share your honest feelings about certain topics, but if God is leading to speak up, then do it.)

2. “Don’t do it…alone.” (Translation: Be involved with others, engage in dialogue. Don’t “take on the world” by yourself. And listen to others.)

3. “And pray… your voice, your speaking out is wholly sacred work!” (Translation: Your voice matters, and God wants to use more of us as we speak out boldly and courageously for the things and people that matter to him.)

And so, like I said I have not read the book —but from hearing her speak, I’d say that she’s finding “her voice” and it was a delight to hear it.

Check her out. Be blessed. Chris.

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2Sep 2018

Virginia goes to Pennsylvania…

By |September 2nd, 2018|Categories: General|0 Comments

And then comes back to Chicago!

I’ve been blessed to know Virginia for about 18 years. She stayed in our shelter with her mother when she was 17 years old for a time. Then they moved out, but Virginia kept in touch by volunteering at our Dinner guest program and food pantry over the years.

Her life has not been an easy one. And for the past few years she was making ends meet by being a caregiver to those in need in the Chicago area. But earlier this year, she was offered a caregiving job out in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, and she decided to take it. She just felt she had to take this opportunity to at least try a different “life”…. somewhere away from Chicago.

For seven months, Virginia gave her new job and new surroundings her “best shot.” But she told me that she just didn’t ever feel that she “fit in” out there. She said she had to take a bus to get anywhere she wanted to go… and they only ran each hour. “I don’t know what I was looking for, ” she said. And so she returned to Chicago.

I told her that it wasn’t wrong at all to “try” something new out. “Sometimes you have to try something out…to find out that it’s not for you” I replied. “Sometimes God uses those situations to show us where we do fit in.”

“You know, I feel that’s so true,” she said. “Because I felt I got a lot closer to God through this experience.”

Virginia was able to get “resituated” back in her old place. She was fortunate to have a good relationship with her former landlord. And she will search for a new “caregiving” job.

In the meantime, she was happy to come back to volunteer.

And I was glad to receive her.


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