All posts in “Milwaukee, WI”

May: Goodbyes & New Beginnings

For Next Step Staff, the month of May is usually filled with tons of summer planning and lots of excitement as we prepare to train and teach the Summer Staff about the communities they will be serving in for the summer. The month of May is typically spent project planning, crafting together summer schedules, finalizing outreach event details, and a lot of checking off to-dos. It’s a month of anticipation for a summer filled with the Lord working and moving in communities and the hearts of volunteers. May is spent in expectant prayer as we lift up the staff, volunteers, partners, community members, and all uncertainties to the Lord, trusting and knowing He is going to do amazing things. May is busy. May is emotional. May can be tough. Continue Reading…

Revival Block by Block

Sometimes the needs in this city and the total sense of hopelessness within those needs, consume me. I would love to say that over the past year and a half of living in Milwaukee and throughout my three summers of being a part of Next Step that I have seen God tangibly provide for those needs, that I have seen Him drastically transform this city to look more and more like His Kingdom on earth. The truth is, I do get overwhelmed by this city’s desperate need for Christ and for revival. But what is also truth, is that God is sovereign, He is greater than the needs of this city, and He is far more active than I can physically see or comprehend.

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Prayer for the Woodlands

I will never forget the first time I visited the Woodlands neighborhood for a cookout during the summer of 2014. Continue Reading…

Relentless Pursuit

I remember so clearly the emotions that overwhelmed me my first summer serving in Milwaukee. I remember hearing stories from partners and ministry leaders throughout the city of poverty, addiction, homelessness, prostitution, violence, and so many lives lost way too early. I remember weeping over the stories I heard and struggling to see how God was working through it all. I was confused at how a loving, gracious God could allow communities to deteriorate and fall apart. If God truly loved the city of Milwaukee, why wouldn’t He intervene and allow restoration to begin? Hopeless, is how I felt.  Continue Reading…

Unified Thankfulness

There is great divide in the city of Milwaukee. The division and segregation that consumes this city extends not only on an individual level, but an organizational level as well. Over the past several years leaders throughout the city have come together praying for unity. That individuals, organizations, ministries, churches, and schools would realize we all make up the community and we are not alone. True unity can be achieved when every piece of the community realizes we all play a pivotal role in whether a community thrives or dies.
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Big Vision, Big God

In a neighborhood that faces hopelessness, violence, and economic struggle in the inner city of Milwaukee, the Lord has placed a light of hope, a safe place in an unwanted, abandoned warehouse. Continue Reading…

Community Partnership

In a city that is ranked the most segregated city in the US there is a level of desperation for unity. In the city of Milwaukee it is the community partnerships that truly combat the division that defines the city racially, economically, and spiritually. Continue Reading…

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