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This book is meant to stir your hearts for our community and help you see Northwest Indiana through the lens of Jesus – a place he dearly loves and for whom he has given his life. This is your invitation to join together to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting community. It’s a call to discover our region and understand our citizens. Learning about our communities helps us love them effectively.1 Hearing the cries of our people, the hurts of our brokenhearted, and the needs of our disadvantaged enables us to catch a glimpse of a cause much bigger than ourselves. Understanding the assets, uncovering the building blocks, and recognizing the valuable individuals and organizations that strive daily to make Northwest Indiana great enables us to collaborate more effectively, and with greater purpose. We hope this book sparks a longing inside you to become conduits of God’s grace, restoration, and renewal. We pray it ignites a dynamic movement of people who embark on a QV\YUL`[VSH\UJOTHNUPÄJLU[KLTVUg}FWPczb8]bXST

strations of the Kingdom of God here on earth – to indeed be salt and light.2 This book is written particularly for followers of Jesus who are frustrated with a comfortable faith devoid of practical displays of compassion (James 2:14-17). It is for people who recognize their faith should include JVZ[S`ZHJYPÄJLHUKWHZZPVUMVYZLLPUN lives and communities transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is for those who are fed up with a stale Christianity - one that is reduced to Bible study once a week and church on Sundays. It is for those who realize there must be more to life than our work and hobbies. And it is for people tired of tuning out the cries of our community and turning a deaf ear to hurting people. Imagine for a moment a Northwest Indiana where God’s heart for the fatherless, the widow, and the foreigner (Deut. 10:18) is championed by churches that display unity, show respect for one another, and demonstrate concern for the common good.

>OH[PMV\YYLNPVU^HZUV[KLÄULK I`P[ZÅH^ZHUKPTWLYMLJ[PVUZ I\[YH[OLYI`ÅV\YPZOPUNMHTPSPLZ thriving children, and a healthy and sustainable economy? Imagine a place where Christians from various denominations, ethnicities, and races came alongside one another to help those in need. Picture a community where single parents are connected with great support systems, fatherless children are mentored by caring Christian TLUHUKIYVRLUMHTPSPLZÄUKOVWL and restoration. Imagine a Northwest Indiana where racial diversity is no longer a festering source of tension, but rather a celebration of God’s unique image-bearing design, and a foretaste of heaven’s collection of every tongue, tribe, and nation (Rev 5:9). We hope your hearts are motivated by what you read. We pray that God produces a deep and active faith in you that longs to see families made whole, children receive adequate care, and

Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana  

This book is meant to stir your hearts for our community and help you see Northwest Indiana through the lens of Jesus – a place he dearly lo...

Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana  

This book is meant to stir your hearts for our community and help you see Northwest Indiana through the lens of Jesus – a place he dearly lo...

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