Many broken individuals in our neighborhood need to experience love in relationships because of Jesus. Jesus first loved us and sent His Son to die so that we could restore a relationship with the God who created us. When people experience that kind of love, in their deeply broken lives, something changes. Brookside is on the front lines of hell itself. And when faced with a living hell, the only answer is loving relationships. If this Safe Syringe Exchange program brings one person to a saving knowledge of the power of God through a gospel-centered friendship, we will have fulfilled our purposes with this program.
All of us recognize our brokenness before God and are seeking Him to change us for the kingdom purposes God has for our church. In this context, God is changing people. Showing them their inability, and God’s ability to defy what the world says about them and bring them into their kingdom purpose for life.
In March 2015, God provided an opportunity for Brookside Community Church to start a program that has impacted the culture and fiber of our church community and neighborhood. It has changed the way we do ministry and how we love each other in spite of the brokenness we carry into this world. When Wells Fargo donated a house to our church we had no idea that it would influence how we minister to our very broken neighborhood. This house is now known as the Isaiah House and it is utilized as a 12-month discipleship program that serves men who are coming out from incarceration.
Brookside Community Church has seen so much growth this last year. Check out the impact we made on our neighborhood.
Play, in it self, has the potential to transform a child’s life and significantly change the way young people think about themselves and the world. Structured play enables youth to develop positive relationships with adults and peers, experience a sense of belonging and connectedness, and learn valuable life skills.
On January 22, 2015, I got a call while out with my family at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I didn't recognize the “563” prefix number, but my Smart phone said it originated from Davenport, IA. Usually, I try to limit the calls I take when I am with my family, but on this day I answered. The caller, Brent, introduced himself as the Well Fargo asset manager for the Community and Urban Stabilization Program (CUSP). He asked me if Brookside Community Church would be interested in a house two blocks away from our building. It had been abandoned for over 3 years. Wells Fargo tried to sell it multiple times, but the work that needed to be done far outweighed the asking price. Intrigued, I said, "Yes, of course!"