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The “No Outlet” signs on the edges of the streets in North Highlands didn’t grab my attention when I first moved in with Dan and Carol in Oklahoma City. I was there to learn about what Mustard Seed Development is doing about serious issues like urban poverty, violence and education.
What’s so special about street signs?
Well, these “No Outlet” signs recently replaced their long-standing predecessors—the “Dead End” signs—as requested by Dan. When you’re living in the hood, facing the daily obstacles of a community plagued with poverty and addiction, labeling the place with big yellow “Dead End” signs only highlights the depravity.
But the people of Mustard Seed look at their neighbors and see something different.
The neighborhood is home to people who work long hours to provide for their children, kids who enjoy playing outside and are trying to make it through school and elderly residents with incredible wisdom but need a little help from time to time.
The community of 73114 is full of determination and goodness, and Mustard Seed is committed to supporting and organizing the good that exists in the neighborhood to bring about change. The process takes patience and faith that God really does desire us to live in community—even though that means dealing with each other’s brokenness.
Read about Mustard Seed’s neighbors. The hood may sound a little rough…okay, the hood is rough in many ways, but I’ve been walking these streets a lot lately, listening to a lot of folks—and I haven’t met a single dead end.
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About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.