Phoenix: Streams in the Desert
Like the Sonoran Desert in which it’s located, Phoenix, Arizona, hosts unlikely blooms among the hard-packed soil of deeply held emotions and beliefs about a people and place. Not far from the Mexico border, its 4.4 million people have grappled in recent years with the arrival of immigrant communities that many believe displace longstanding ones and drain resources. Thankfully, Christians in Phoenix are modeling winsome ways to respond to arriving communities with an on-the-ground hospitality that weeds out fear.
When other educators left for better salaries, Thom Olmstead chose to stay for his students.
Chris and Bethany Priebe say Christians' greatest 'mission' in Phoenix may be relationship.
If Phoenix Christian Jade Meskill's success is any indication, collaboration and investing in employees isn't pie-in-the-sky idealism. It's just smart business.
Phoenix native Aaron Klusman's fast-paced career is a model for Christian entrepreneurs nationwide.
Even though we know we can't usher in God's kingdom, we're still called to establish order, beauty, and abundance in this life.
How real-estate developer Walter Crutchfield's gift at making money became a vocation.
Joe Johnston's residential community is designed for, well, community.
Charlotte Thrall provides free medical care to Phoenix's poor and undocumented immigrants.
Ian Danley believes high school is where Phoenix Latinos can step out and grasp a future.
How the Mexico native's shattered dreams to play football fueled a new vocational calling.
Ananda Rose's new book explores the religious motivations of Southwest groups on opposite sides of the immigration question.
Craig Goodworth's installation helped me see God's work in my current home of Durham.
How Phoenix Christians are helping illegal immigrants as they wait for the economy—and the law—to change.
Where a person calls home may be their most defining quality, says artist Craig Goodworth.
Political sound bites lose their power when you get to know immigrants through flesh-and-blood ministry.