Living in the middle of Los Angeles County has given us the opportunity to get to know some great people and have access to downtown (5 miles), Dodgers Stadium (7 miles), Hollywood (10 miles), Cal State Los Angeles (1/2 mile), USC (10 miles), UCLA and Santa Monica Beach (20 miles), among other great places.
I am an advocate for moving into our urban areas rather than away from them. Obviously there are needs to be met everywhere, but for so long so many people and churches with economic means have been leaving our cities to get away from the “dangers” of the urban world.
As often is the case, when we run away from those we should be serving, God brings them to us (see immigration to the U.S. and now the migration from the cities to the suburbs of those in dire straits).
“Many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and ’70s – slums characterized by poverty, crime and decay.”
With gas prices increasing and the housing market struggling, perhaps others will choose to move to the city.
For more about serving in the city, check out: CCDA (pray for the founder John Perkins as he has been having health issues), Urban Youth Workers (led by Larry Acosta), World Impact (led by Keith Phillips), and Harambee (led by Rudy Carrasco).