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And Then…

It began in the snow.  The cold.  The dry, skeletal, blustery abyss. It was apocalyptic.  Bones stretched over parchment skin.  Ruins of ply-wooded windows, shattered dreams.  Shattered homes.  Shattered hearts. Dirt and littered deadness blows in the cold winds.  Gray skies. Gray souls. Gray hearts of shattered coldness. And. Then. An invasion of suburban white…

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Dalvin, Richard, Stanley and Liberty

It has been an amazing week! I worked with Bridge Builders last year and have had the wonderful opportunity to return. I was so excited when I was able to return to Wadsworth Elementary School. This week I had the pleasure to work in a second and third grade split classroom. This week the third…

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Rural places are the best places to grow up and spend your life… or are they?

I came into this week with the bias that rural areas are the best place to grow up and spend your life. Nevertheless I wanted to see what the Lord is doing and could do with a man who is open to what God can do in my live. I want and strive to give…

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This is only the beginning…

I am an avid fan of Christian music.  Over the course of this week, one song in particular has played over and over again in my mind: “Only the Beginning” by downhere.  I cannot believe that this week is over already, for this has been an amazing experience. During the week, I had the chance…

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Clara’s House: Caring for Its Residents in Many Ways

Today, I learned a little more about the history of Clara’s House through talking to one of the employees. I was amazed by the love that each staff member—including Clara herself—felt for the women and children residing in the home. Before Clara established the Clara’s House facility, she housed people in her own, personal home…

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Educational Awakening: Hyde Park Academy

My father used to tell me that education is all about building blocks. When I was younger he would wax eloquent about building a “strong foundation” so as not to limit my options later on. Thankfully his message eventually sank in—at least in so far as I, often begrudgingly, did my homework and tried to…

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Release Control

Today I volunteered at Wadsworth Elementary School in a 3rd grade classroom. I worked with a great teacher who was working for her first year in an inner city school. This was actually my first time in a public school classroom during the school day ever. It was really eye-opening. It was definitely different from…

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First day at the work project at Clara’s House! A student’s perspective.

Coming from Greenville, South Carolina, our group of students from Furman University had no idea what to expect upon on arrival in Chicago. Several Furman students decided to sign up for a work project at Clara’s House, a transitional home for women and children. While we were there we helped organize and clean the kitchen…

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New Partner for BridgeBuilders!

This spring, we are really excited to have a new ministry partner! Clara’s House is a transitional home for women and children that is located in the Englewood neighborhood. Here women can find a place to call home that is caring and supportive while they figure things out and get back on their feet. I…

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Compassionate Mercy is Best Delivered in Person

Joel and Melissa Littlepage are from St. Louis, MO, and are serving as the BridgeBuilder interns for most of June. Joel is in his second year at Covenant Theological Seminary and Melissa is the Music Coordinator at a performing arts school. Below they share about why they are here. Joel and I love books, especially…

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