...And a delicious meal! From a tiny seed a plant can grow to nourish and sustain many people. A tiny seed of an idea was born in the hearts of our friends Christi Brown, Patsy Burdick and Shelley Speicher to open up the Mustard Seed Café. For about a year before the café actually opened they prepared the meals for Ciudad Nueva youth programs and community dinners as well as volunteered in our after-school programs, building relationships with kids and families in our neighborhood. In addition, Christi and Patsy participated in the Border Fellows class. “God had worked in my heart for … [Read more...]
What Does It Mean To Engage In Christian Community Development?
A message from the director: Sami DiPasquale. I recently returned from the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference in New Orleans. I attended with some of the Ciudad Nueva staff and border fellows, and what an amazing time of growth and inspiration we had! The CCDA annual conference is a gathering of about 3,000 individuals who are interested in living out the gospel in word and deed in under-resourced communities around the country (and the globe). It’s a very diverse, beautiful group; a group struggling to discern how best to love God and love their neighbors in some … [Read more...]