Faith Forward - featuring a chapter by Steve and Mary Park
A book called Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth, and A New Kind of Christianity was recently released, and we’re excited to announce that it features a chapter jointly written by Steve and Mary Park.
Titled “Beauty in Brokenness: Our Family’s Story of Serving Children and Youth through United Compassionate Action,” the chapter tells the story behind Steve and Mary’s calling to live and serve in this community.
It also outlines the philosophy and theology undergirding the mission of Little Lights: forging relationships across racial, cultural, and socioeconomic lines, recognizing the complexity of poverty and the many issues surrounding it, being willing to commit to a community for the long haul, and being able to see the beauty of God at work in the midst of brokenness.
As Steve and Mary put it, “We believe that Christians are called to be the healing hands and feet of Jesus in our beautiful but broken world. But this work is not easy. Serving God and the young people that God so loves in a challenging community like Potomac Gardens requires eyes to see beyond problems and pain… Being able to see beauty in brokenness has been crucial …We suspect that one reason we’ve been able to sustain being in this type of ministry for so many years is that we see beauty when we walk into Potomac Gardens and greet residents and receive hugs from children in the community. We are more apt to sense God’s presence in Potomac Gardens than in a pew.”
Faith Forward collects twenty-one presentations from the “Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity” conference held in Washington, DC in 2012, including Steve and Mary’s, and is a valuable resource for anyone who works with children or youth. Check out the book here.