The Compton Initiative started 12 years ago by a group of churches and Jesus followers with a 40-year commitment to restore the City of Compton by painting homes, schools and churches on quarterly workdays in partnership with individual volunteers and other organizations. I have been taking volunteers from the Union Rescue Mission for the past year and a half. This past week we had our biggest group yet… 39 men! We painted seniors homes and did clean up in the neighborhood near our host church, Hope in Christ Community Church in Compton. It was cool to also see the men work together as we combined the 3rd phase men in the program along side the Seeds of Hope who are in their first month at t

True Fasting

Do you know that you can have a “true fast” with 170 Hot Dogs? In Isaiah chapter 58, God clarifies the difference between false fasting that God does not honor and true fasting where we’re instructed to disconnect from ourselves in order to share our time, food, home, clothing and to just plain “pour out our hearts for the homeless”. This past weekend the 7th annual Ironman Conference was held up at the Union Rescue Mission where a mix of 150 men from different cultures – men from Pacific Coast Church in affluent San Clemente are mixed with the men of the mission in the not so affluent heart of skid row. The goal of the Ironman ministry is for the men of PCC to come along side our brothers f

Building Trust

When a white suburban parent says we need to have “The Talk” they are referring to the birds and the bees. When a black urban parent gives their child “The Talk” it means something quite different. “The Talk” for a black urban parent refers to how to protect yourself from the Police. You see, when a black child sees the police he or she doesn’t sense security but danger. Racial profiling is a thing. There is a deep divide in the urban community when it comes to the police and law enforcement. As a clergy council in Downtown Los Angeles we are trying to bridge that gap by holding Trust Talks. The mission hosted our first one this past week and it was a huge success. It gave the police and the

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