Updated on December 2, 2019
We are humbled by the opportunity before us to continue to serve our city. Prayerfully, we are working to renovate the Pearl C. Anderson property in South Dallas to serve the community through a church that offers midweek services for community care and development. Since acquiring the property in late October 2019, our priority has been to meet with local leaders, residents, and organizations to listen and further understand what services will be most helpful to the community. While these first weeks have been focused on building upon existing relationships, we look forward to meeting with and learning from new friends and partners in South Dallas over the coming months. While the exact mix is still being determined, potential community services could include health care, youth development, job placement, vocational training, financial literacy, and recovery.
Our body has had the privilege of serving in South Dallas for years – through partners like Cornerstone Baptist Church, Cornerstone Crossroads Academy, 2ndSaturday, Act, and Men of Nehemiah; and through member serving efforts like Dallas Experience, Unashamed, GLOW, and the recent expungement event hosted by Watermark's Dallas Justice group. We are grateful for this opportunity to be able to deepen our friendships, partnerships, and work in the city that we love. We are encouraged by ongoing conversations with our neighbors in South Dallas and thankful that the Lord has entrusted us with an opportunity to love and serve even more of this city in His name.
Over the coming months, we will continue the cleanup of the building and meetings with community members. Our prayer is that the future of the Pearl C. Anderson property will continue to honor its namesake, the history of the school, and the name of Christ by serving as a place of care and hope.
As mentioned above, we are in a season of listening and discerning the highest needs in the community. Initially, financial resources are needed to make the property safe and secure, campus cleanup, asbestos abatement, and the renovation of the first floor. Although plans are still being formed, we know that the financial needs will be significant.
We are asking our Members to pray, process in their smaller communities, and give generously as the Lord leads.
Our prayer is that God would stir hearts to invest and that more than enough will be provided (Exodus 36:5).
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