In October of 2009, I had the opportunity to spend around three weeks “embedded” with Shepherd Community Center in downtown Indianapolis.  I lived with a family of first-generation immigrants from Mexico and spent my days observing and interacting with Shepherd’s many ministries to the struggling neighborhood on the near-east side.

Shepherd's sign, a symbol of hope for a struggling neighborhood.

Shepherd's sign, a symbol of hope for a struggling neighborhood.

Overall, my short time with Shepherd left me in awe of the work they are doing in their neighborhood.  Simply spending a few days hanging out with their junior high students gave me hope that true change is possible.  But hearing the tragic story of an immigrant from Honduras reminded me that there is so much work left to be done.

Thankfully, Shepherd Community Center is there, in the middle of it all, fighting to break the cycle of poverty.

It may be an uphill battle, but with Shepherd fighting for them, these kids now have a chance!

Breaking the Cycle

My newest adventure may not be to some exotic, overseas destination, but it is definitely to a place that is just as foreign to me… downtown Indianapolis!

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A Tale of Two Cultures

For second generation immigrant children, growing up in the U.S. is not always easy…

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Culture Guide: Telenovelas!

A simple guide to understanding these shows that air around the world…

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The Ride-Along

A “ride-along” with a local police officer gave me a newfound respect for those who work every night to keep us safe…

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Photo Gallery: A Second Chance

For kids growing up in the midst of poverty, gangs and hopelessness, Shepherd Community Center is offering them a second chance at life…

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The American Dream

In an interview with a Honduran immigrant last week, I discovered why an experienced medical technician is now putting on roofing tiles in the suburbs…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Julie Buczkowski said... 

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    October 22nd, 2009 at 1:49 pm  

    Barry, thanks for once again “taking us along” on your trip. It’s amazing how little we know of the lives and stories of people who live right in our own “neighborhoods.”

    For me, your stories were further evidence that we need to be engaged right here while we are also engaged around the globe.

  2. Rob Yonan said... 

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    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:44 pm  

    Thanks to you I have a deeper heart for the people of our city and the team at Shepherd Community. May their tribe increase and may I be part of that answer…

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