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Garfield Park

It’s known by monikers like Windy City and Chi-Town, but many also refer to Chicago as the “Heart of America.” Famous for its deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hotdog, major league sports teams and beautiful architecture, sadly, Chicago is also known for its crime.

For years, Chicago has been a leading city in the U.S. for homicides, and Garfield Park—a neighborhood on the city’s west side—ranks as one of the most dangerous areas. Southern Baptist church planter of Reborn Community Church, Jamie Thompson, grew up in the neighborhood next to Garfield Park. While many work to get out of the area in pursuit of a better life, Jamie saw an opportunity to reach the community for Christ.

“Ministry like this is going to test your theology; you have to walk close to the Lord,” says Jamie.

Garfield Park may be known for gangs, drugs and violence, but Jamie sees a community loved by God and in desperate need of Him.

Resources
June 8, 2017
Jamie Thompson was born and raised in Humboldt Park in Chicago. By the time Jamie graduated college, Humboldt was a completely gentrified neighborhood, and many former residents moved to Garfield Park.
June 8, 2017
Fourteen-year-old Demaj Splunge walks confidently into Reborn Community Church in the Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. He’s been attending the church youth program since elementary school, and he’s happy to be there.
June 8, 2017
Roy Brown wasn’t sure what to make of the white guy in the storefront window. He seemed safe enough to watch his child, as long as other people were around. But what was he doing in Garfield Park?
I know I am not alone Article, Video
June 8, 2017
“My first step toward obedience came when I read the book of Proverbs,” says Frank Brown, an Army veteran and classically trained chef. Frank has known hard times, but he has experienced God’s faithfulness in the midst of it all.