When Urban Vision started ministry in 1992, the goal was to preach the Gospel to children and families who may have never heard the Good News before. Christ was at the center of every relationship that was made.
Almost 25 years later, Christ remains at the center of everything we do.
Our mission is to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in North Hill by coming alongside children and their families as they discover Christ’s vision for themselves and their community, through relationships focused on building dignity, inspiring unity, empowering futures, and meet holistic needs.
Relationships. The word itself conjures up thoughts of joy, alliances, and strong bonds. The flip side of relationships can be not-so-pretty: opposition, brokenness, differences. Not what Christ wants at all.
How does Christ want us to live?
Christ wants us to break down racial and economic barriers in the North Hill community. In a neighborhood with Caucasian, African American, Asian, Hispanic and more families all living side-by-side, there are bound to be issues. But Christ tells us there shouldn’t be issues. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 says:
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
He wants us to live in the community with those we serve. For UV staff, that means we physically live in the community, right alongside the people we serve. He wants us to develop, create and maintain relationships with our neighbors because He knows that in order to help the people, we have to be near the people.
And our newly-formed SOS Student Council.
Is our work done?
No. Not even close. We’ve still got things to do. Our Christmas with Dignity Store, always a huge community event, is coming up. The main point of the Christmas Store is a chance for the kids to spend their hard-earned “Urban Vision dollars” to buy gifts for their families, but for us, it turns into a reunion, where we get to connect with families who may have been absent for awhile. The connections, the relationships, no matter how much time has passed, are still there.
Relationships can be tricky. They take lots of time and energy to nurture and maintain. But aren’t they worth it?