Communicating with the people of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah, God says to his people in Jer. 29:4-7 that:
4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity [shalom] of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (NIV)
A key portion in this passage is the word and concept “Shalom.” This important Hebrew word speaks to a prophetic vision of the way that the world ought to be. At Sunshine, we have grafted this vision into our work in our community: “We exist to seek the renewal of the city…” We exist to seek the Shalom of our city.
In an attempt to fulfill this call through various ministries, the BridgeBuilders program has been developed and is an extension of our discipleship ministries. We have attempted to develop a program that fosters reciprocity, healthy relationships, and sustainable ministry by hosting teams of students who will learn and serve with us in our neighborhood.
We invite you to explore how God is calling you to seek the Shalom of Chicago (and your city) because in its Shalom, we believe you will find yours as well.
We invite you to join us in seeking the renewal of the city.