Are you tired of the talk and despair about city kids and their communities?  Violence, drugs, loneliness, divorce — you know the list.  Have you heard it all, done it all, seen it all, and you still wonder, “Am I even making a difference at all?”  Does this sound familiar?

You’ve made a serious commitment to do whatever it takes to make a difference in the lives of kids today.  You are visiting kids on their turf, tutoring, and teaching.  You even try to be a mentor.  How are you doing?  Any frustrations… failures or victories?


We all agree — we have cried, talked, and complained for far too long.  Finally, many Christian workers are saying, “Enough is enough, today’s kids are in pain!”  They scream for answers and assurance that what they do will make a difference.

Sometimes it seems like “that” other program or the staff from “that” ministry are the ones really making a difference.  I know… it’s tough.  But Jesus gave us an example to follow so we can make that difference.  1 Peter 2:21 says:  “For Christ also suffered on our behalf, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps.”

Suffering: The correct strategic plan?

Several men whom I respect say, a real leader is one who enters into the suffering and pain of society.  This type of leader takes on the burdens of those where he ministers.  What was Jesus’ ministry strategy?  He intentionally went through Samaria and other cities.  Jesus hung out and reached out to sinners.  Jesus supplied spiritual and physical needs from the least to the greatest.  Jesus had only a few disciples but His kingdom endures forever.

Do you want to minister like that?  There is a refreshing movement that blows through the urban streets of America today.  It’s a ministry life-style, which simply enables you to live with and to be enriched by the indigenous people where you minister.  Are you engaging this movement?

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If you work with city kids and have a great idea or a major challenge, please share it by making a comment or offering a question.  Provide a ministry name and link of those making a difference in your city.