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  1. Leo says:

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  2. Thomas W. says:

    May the Lord raise up more men and families like you, Mr. Gray.

    This is forward thinking, counter culture that can shatter the social proofs and stereotypes, breaking the cycle.

    I appreciate how well you wrote this article. Security is largely what comes down to our personal decisions on where we will live as we can afford it. I appreciate that you didn’t attack those whose level of security is different than yours or feel they are called elsewhere. This makes your article more persuasive to those who live elsewhere (for whatever their reasons, white or black), but would support this ministry in a heart beat.

    May the Lord bless you, your family, and absolutely pour the Spirit out on your community.

  3. Kara says:

    Love this! John Perkins and the many African-American members of the CCDA have much experience with such ‘relocation’. Connect and support one another to answer the questions and learn from others’ mistakes and be in the neighborhood for the long-haul! May God bless each one of you and your children!

  4. Cameron Williams says:

    This is amazing. I too have thoughts of advancing historically black communities. I am in Chicago, and these areas have amazing historical context unique for each neighborhood. Also I am a Christian man who has a Christian wife. God has allowed me to have so much. I want to continue to glorify him in my life and giving like Jesus is the best way I believe it can happen. This is a exceptional article. I am also aware of the economic lifestyle of high debt and easy credit living that potentislly kills wealth creation. Much of my information on this subject comes from a Christian financial advisor Dave Ramsey. We can do this I believe the only problem is when and are we willing for it to take generations. The church needs to return to being the most influential civil institution in black American life in my opinion.

    1. Jason says:

      //The church needs to return to being the most influential civil institution in black American life in my opinion.//

      Absolutely! I may not be black, but I don’t see us as different other than the way society seems to treat us. To further that note, the white American church life is in need of serious reformation.

  5. THIS. THIS THIS ALLLLL DAY… Our family moved to the south side of Chicago when we were offered a home without a mortgage by a relative who didn’t want to move into it. (There were bullet holes in the back door when we moved in.) At first, we said “no.” Then, we said yes because we wanted to pay off over $120k of debt we had. Long story short, we did actually pay off our debt. But then something amazing happened. We got involved in the community and put down roots. I’ve served on multiple nonprofit boards, am active in the community and get to homeschool my kids and we travel TONS! They are also paid as entertainers in acting, singing and voiceover. I could never have done this if I didn’t live in the “hood.” Guess what, there are MANY more families like us here doing the same thing now. We are buying less house in exchange for more life. And life is GRAND. (Oh, now we own two homes.)

  6. Frank says:

    Spot on.

    I know white Millennials who are intentionally doing exactly what you’ve done. They’ve bought homes in and moved into blighted neighborhoods, in order to make positive change one house at a time. They’re joining or forming neighborhood associations, and are making significant progress. Neighborhoods are slowly becoming beautifully multi-ethnic. It’s a good thing!

  7. cag says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I dont’ know all (or really any) of the answers to your questions my brother, but I’m on mission with you and your wife. I’m still working through what God’s purpose is for me in this urban neighborhood, but to your point I AM PRESENT!!!

  8. Kepha says:

    Hat’s off; and prayers for God’s blessing.

  9. Jason says:

    Excellent article. I really appreciate what you’re doing.

  10. Jerran says:

    Excellent article. I have recently been thinking along these same lines. Gospel gentrification, I love it! Now if only I can convince my wife.

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