san antonio, tx
Sharing the hope of Christ with our neighbors
Once a thriving African-American community, East Side San Antonio has experienced decades of decline, leaving it economically depressed. Many people in the neighborhood do not attend church, although the area is replete with churches. Some have lost hope that God cares about them in the midst of a culture of poverty and despair.
Our Servant Partners site is partnering with a local church, Mt. Zion First Baptist, to reach out to their East Side neighborhood and to be a source of light and hope for them. Mt. Zion is a historic African-American church which was started by freed slaves in 1871. Church members used to live near the church, but as the neighborhood has deteriorated those who were able have gradually moved to other parts of the city. Today very few church members live in the neighborhood, and the cultural divide between Mt. Zion’s members and people in the neighborhood is vast. Yet Mt. Zion has a desire to be a neighborhood church once again – one that meets the physical, spiritual, and social needs of its neighbors, and one that is an agent of transformation in the community.
Our team is partnering with Mt. Zion to help make this possible. We live in the neighborhood, near the church, and have built relationships with a lot of our neighbors. We have also brought together a neighborhood association that meets once a month in order to address issues in the community that people are concerned about. Our goal is to empower and equip our neighbors to become change agents in their community, so that it will one day become a place that everyone will be proud to call home. In addition to this neighborhood association we also have an after-school program for kids, and a newly formed Bible study that meets in one of our neighbor's homes. We are hoping to start a youth program soon, as well as continuing in our efforts to form a parent group at the local elementary school. Through all of these structures and through our daily lives in the community we seek to spread the hope and love of Christ with our neighbors, and to empower them to become leaders both in church and community.
At this time, the team consists of two people, and we are actively seeking two new teammates to serve with us. We are looking for people who are spiritually and emotionally mature, love God and have a heart for the poor, and are willing to relocate to an inner city neighborhood. Contact Site Leader Carrie Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if this sounds like you or someone you know.