We’ve often said that if you want to experience true, deep community at Sojourn, you should join a community group. Our community groups not only provide friendship, accountability and care for members, but they are working for the peace of this city in many ways, day in and day out.
Last Saturday, six groups in Louisville’s South End got together and threw a block party. Not only did they extend hospitality to their neighbors, but they raised $350 to buy 59 backpacks to give away to kids going back to school. Not only that, but 70 of their neighbors came to the block party. 30 people filled out a registration card to get a free backpack, and over half of them expressed interest in being contacted by Sojourn.
One of the families who attended had arrived in the U.S. from Burma just two weeks ago. This block party provided them with their first taste of hot dogs!
I’d like to give a special shout out to Danny Loeschen, the coach for our South Louisville community groups. Danny shows great leadership and vision. And thanks to everyone in these groups. You are a model for all of us to follow.
If you’re looking for a good “first step” for how your community group can extend hospitality and mercy to others, you can “adopt the medical clinic” this Saturday. Get all the details on how to do that right here.
Do you have a story about a community group that has recently gone “on mission” in your neighborhood?