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BridgeBuilders bridges the ages

BridgeBuilders (BB) is one of those great experiences that no matter who you are, how old you are, or where you’re from, you’ll find things that will challenge, teach, and encourage you. We recently hosted BB groups from very different points in life – one group of college students from Purdue (mostly sophomores), and a…

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From Styrofoam to Sustainable

Our motto includes the words “listen” and “learn.” Indeed, these words drive the major focal points of our program. We try to provide space and opportunity for our students to listen and learn here in Chicago by interacting with community members and learning from local leadership. We hold this dear to our heart and believe…

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Joel Hamernick, Executive Director, teaching the BridgeBuilders students

Joel and other neighborhood pastors spend time nightly with the students walking through scripture and developing a biblical framework through which the students can view the city, racial reconciliation, and poverty.

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Eugene

Yesterday I had the opportunity to have lunch with a stranger. The stranger’s name is Eugene. He had actually worked at SGM a couple years ago. He was homeless. He told us about all of the jobs he had had in the past. He also talked about the city a lot. He talked about crime…

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True Kindness

Today, our group split up and went out into the heart of the city to do a mealshare with someone. My brother and I met two people, one of which was named M.C. He was from Mississippi but had left when he was six, and had been living in Chicago for six years. We had…

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We got really, really, really wet!!!!

I was helping with the Living Hope Work Team today, I really enjoyed it. We were cleaning up apartments; we brought stuff from the apartments into the basement. While we were doing this it started to rain really hard. At first we didn’t stop and we got really, really, really wet! Then it rained harder…

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Drainage systems and a fantastic tour!

My first day working for Sunshine Ministries was a great experience. On my first day I and a couple other guys were to install a drainage system in the basement of what is to be a new community coffee shop. The work was fairly demanding but we got the job done. The next thing we…

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First day!

My first day at Sunshine Ministries was a very amazing experience! My group went to Living Hope Church and started planning for the kid’s summer camp that will start tomorrow. I am very excited to get to know the kids this week and teach them about God’s amazing love and grace. After we planned we…

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Work project pics!

Bridgebuilder students loved serving at Master’s Academy Christian School in March.

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This week in Chicago

This week in Chicago has been an amazing experience. I got the chance to work at Master Academy with the 3rd-4th graders and then the 1st graders the last day. I really enjoyed getting to know the students and building relationships with them throughout the week. We were able to help out the teachers in…

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