Gang violence, drug addiction, and poverty ravage inner-city children and their families. Our ministry provides food, housing, medical/dental assistance, K-8 schools, job training, and affordable seminary-level biblical training for urban church leaders.
Wherever Jimmy is, there is trouble. That's the way his loving Bible club teacher explains the situation. The truth is, life for anyone in America's inner city means coming face to face with the darkest side of existence--hopelessness. However, Jimmy's experience has been more difficult than most.
Not long after the death of his mother, Jimmy's father moved in and then married a heavy drug addict. Dad worked as a deliverman, while step mom got high. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon routine for youngsters in the inner city to see day in and day out, but the following is:
One day Jimmy's step mother got high then proceeded to light herself on fire--right in front of Jimmy. Three weeks later she died of burn-related complications.
The day after Jimmy's step mom died, Betty, his Bible club teacher ran into him on the street near World Impact's center of ministry. Betty noticed that both Jimmy and his father seemed emotionally disconnected from the situation. She asked Jimmy if she could pray with him. He accepted, gratefully. As a result of this encounter, Betty has been able to talk to and pray with Jimmy's father and some of the neighbors, helping them have hope in the midst of seemingly hopeless circumstances.