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Missional. Black. Gentrifiers?

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  1. 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.)

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!!

  4. Kepha says:

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

  5. Jason says:

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

  6. 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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