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Day 37: I Live Here

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I am Brandon. Today I pray for you: May God’s call on your life lead you to ministry in your own community. May partnership and friendship be the start of a beautiful foundation in communities everywhere.

I grew up in South Dallas. It's not that no one gets out and becomes successful. That's not part of the problem. The problem is that we get out, we find success and we stay away. We don't give this neighborhood the chance to benefit from our growth. Not me. I found success. I found education. I have a family. I live here in South Dallas. I show the kids that there is another way. That the drug dealers aren't really the ones to succeed and I plant my roots here so that others may find hope in their community as I have.

The Zip Code Connection has figured something out that is very important. None of us can eradicate poverty in one zip code alone. I work for Dallas Bethlehem Center and Boots on the Ground. I connect families that are just around the corner each day with better resources, healthcare options, education options, and prayer, but I don't do it alone. I lean on the assistance of so many others who are in these streets with me. Together we will make a difference. We will turn this big ship towards the hope of God and it is only by the grace of God that we will find the strength to do so.

What can you do to bring transformation in my community? Come be part of my community. They serve as the glue that holds the Faith Coalition together. They help support organizations and the programs they offer like the Dallas Bethlehem Center's Breakfast and Books. Don't just paint my house. Come in, stay awhile and enjoy a cup of coffee. Let's get to know each other and please…pray with me.

Let us not grow weary in doing what is right,
for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
So then, whenever we have an opportunity,
let us work for the good of all, and especially
for those of the family of faith.
-Galatians 6:9-10

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