From the Inside Out:
Reimagining Mission, Recreating the World
Paperback: Cascade Books, 2018
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Reviewed by Allen Stanton
When I was a child, my father ran a homeless ministry in a deeply impoverished part of North Carolina. When a new family shelter and community development center opened in a former school building several miles from the original shelter and soup kitchen, my father recognized that he needed to visit with the members of his new community. My dad, who is white, asked several of his close partners, mostly African American pastors, to introduce him to voices that he would not hear on his own. They decided to take him to a crack house, just a few doors down from the family shelter.
“What is it you want to see in the community?” my dad asked the drug dealers.
“Honestly, we want a safer place for our kids,” they said with earnestness.