This week is your last chance to sign up for a unique opportunity to be part of something bigger. Dr. Tony Evans is coming to Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center on Friday, October 4 to launch a national Open the Gates Campaign. But don’t come to Drury Lane for the free dinner or great program, come to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable neighbors.
The Need of a Lifetime
We live in a nation divided by race, politics and inequality. Families and communities are divided. America slips further from its promise every year. Two years ago we ranked 65th in the world for providing affordable access to justice. Now we rank 98th. That is not justice for all. The Bible reflects our cry,
“We look for justice, but it never comes. We look for rescue, but it is far away from us… Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found… The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was appalled to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed.” Isa. 59:11, 14, 15.
Across Chicago 1,000 people are gathering to make a difference. They come to shine a light in the darkness as they stand in the gap for the oppressed. With all the demands on their time, these individuals are coming to join Dr. Tony Evans and Gospel Justice Initiative in advancing justice for all people – not just the few who can afford it.
The Promise of a Lifetime
Throughout history ordinary people have risen to do extraordinary acts of justice. October 4 is a historic moment to advance justice for neighbors in need. Come meet those neighbors. Hear their story. Then change their story. While we believe only God brings lasting change, He uses people to accomplish His purposes. People like Juana.
I spent Saturday at the grand opening of Centro Esperanza. A year ago Juana was meeting with many of the individuals pictured above as part of a book club. Tired of reading about justice, they wanted to do something – but what. They were not lawyers but knew their community in Carpentersville needed lawyers. Then Juana connected with me and learned how easy it was to establish a community gospel justice center to serve the legal and spiritual needs of vulnerable neighbors.
Saturday three lawyers joined Juana and a team of volunteers to help free people from legal burdens. One individual needed senior property tax help but was confused over the process. One young mom needed help with a landlord situation and another needed help correcting errors on a green card. Each met with a lawyer and a team of individuals showing the love of God while meeting practical needs.
The Saturday before that I was at the grand opening of another new legal ministry at Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago. Joseph was provided the opportunity to champion God’s heart for justice. He didn’t feel adequate but stepped forward. Now a team of three lawyers joined many other volunteers in serving 13 neighbors in need. Whether a confusing criminal issue, uncertain work injury matter, housing, family, employment and more, the team provided clarity and guidance along with hope and prayer.
What is your role?
Joseph and Juana are ordinary people who felt inadequate but refused to do nothing. How about you? Join us on October 4 for our free Open the Gates dinner to discover your role. That role may be prayer. Your role may be participation in organizing or volunteering for a new location site. You can help support a client dignity fee with $30/mo or be the catalyst to open a new location with a one-time gift of $5,000. There are many ways to get involved. Find yours.
Join Dr. Tony Evans and 1,000 others as we gather to pursue justice for our vulnerable neighbors. You will be encouraged to make a difference. Our neighbors need you. Let’s dare to change the story and provide justice for all.