Why Young Evangelicals are Moving to Poor Areas

by Eric Metaxas | BreakPoint

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A recent article in al-Jazeera America provided an inspiring glimpse of what restoration looks like.

You heard me correctly: al-Jazeera.

The article, “Downwardly Mobile for Jesus,” tells the story of what sociologist James Bielo of Miami University calls a “hot thing”: younger evangelicals moving back into the city, not out of a desire to enjoy the attractions of city life, but out of Christian commitment to make a difference in poor neighborhoods.

The story focused on families in Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood, a 72-square block area where the median household income is less than half the national average.

Matthew Loftus, the Chief Resident at a Baltimore hospital, moved into the community in 2009 with his family. Loftus and others like him are not dreamers or people seeking an adventure before getting on with their “real” lives.

Instead, they are people moved by a vision articulated by longtime Prison Fellowship board member John Perkins. That vision is dubbed “incarnational ministry.” As the name suggests, it takes its inspiration from the fact that God became flesh and shared in human suffering. Or put more colorfully, Jesus “did not commute back and forth from heaven.” [Read the full story here: Young Evangelicals]

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