The New School Choice Agenda
Meanwhile, East End Fellowship's congregation has grown. Corey Widmer describes the 200 congregants who show up every Sunday afternoon as a "pretty amazing mix of people—rich and poor, black and white …. Literally there are homeless people and partners in major law firms sitting in the same room together."
The couples are quick to point out that while they hope to serve the community, they also assume that they and their families will be blessed by living there. Danny Avula says, "Our neighbors don't just need us—we need them. In the context of these diverse, complex, and beautiful relationships, we find our wholeness." They look to the future with what Avula calls "a tenuous hope"—a hope that generations of suffering will be undone by the power of God's Spirit, at work in believers who continue to pray and look for God's kingdom to come among them.
Amy Julia Becker, a writer and speaker based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is the author of A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny. She writes regularly for Her.meneutics, Christianity Today's women's blog.
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