Thank you for partnering with us this summer!

Published on by Urban Impact.

As summer wraps up, I am grateful for how God has been challenging us and I am looking forward to where God will take us. Recently, we began the work of creating a theological statement of resources and development.

In our commitment to break the cycle of poverty and our belief that poverty is more about broken relationships than financial resources, we began to see how our culture views resources and how we as a non-profit play a role of navigating the partnership of those who give resources and those who receive. Our desire is to develop a theological foundation with a consistent message we can share with our entire community. As we develop this work, we look forward to the opportunity to invite you along on this journey of discovering God’s Kingdom principles and putting the practice of generosity in all areas of our ministry. Please pray with us as we step into this new work of building a solid Biblical foundation of development.

In our last newsletter, I unveiled our new Church-based Community Development Hubs strategy in which we partner with key churches: Rainier Avenue Church, Emerald City Bible Fellowship and Seattle First Presbyterian Church. These are churches that see themselves called to specific communities and partner with their neighbors to break the cycle of poverty while building hope.

We launched Seattle First Presbyterian as a hub this spring and are in the process of hiring the first Community Development and Outreach Director there. We are encouraged by the efforts and progress surrounding this hub even though the process has been slower than we had initially hoped. Since our philosophy is based in building relationship and capacity within the church and neighborhood, we are committed to take the time to develop trust and understanding in quality working relationships. Please pray with us as we hire for this position and discern direction with the community.

We want to thank YOU for your partnership and support of CDF Freedom Schools® . In this newsletter, we highlight exciting the work and impact of our Church Hub at Rainier Avenue Church (UI@RAC.) These are exciting times and we appreciate your partnership in breaking cycles of poverty and building hope in our neighborhoods.

Steve Bury
Executive Director