I have been privileged to work with Building Hope's leadership as the congregation I serve has looked for ways to support ministry in the W25th/Clark neighborhood. BHITC's expertise in strategizing for effective ministry with a variety of people groups is a big blessing for those of us with a "heart for the city." Many volunteers have had marvelous volunteer experiences at Iglesia Hispana Cristiana at 30th and Walton, because Building Hope helped us get involved in Kids Church about 7 years ago.
I am a pastor in the same general neighborhood as Building Hope, and my wife & I have been able to share in a few planning sessions with their Executive Director, Pastor, and Tutoring Leaders. I have great respect for Building Hope, for the particular ministries that they do, and the great joy with which they do them. They are leaders in our community, setting a great example of diligent, patient faithfulness in quality, ever-evolving urban ministry.
As the director of another local non-profit organization with similar goals, we have interfaced with BHITC for the excellent training they provide for our staff, students, and associates. BHITC offers training in Refugee Mentoring, ESL, Tutoring Children, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Ministry to the Poor. The workshops are among the best that we have encouraged our staff and students to take to prepare and equip them for ministry in our urban centers. BHITC's awareness events have been eye--opening as we have participated in the Voices exhibit (with award-winning documentary) and Welcome to Shelbyville community movie night. Both have served to give us a heart for our refugee neighbors. One of the most exciting opportunities in our partnership with BHITC was to have our students volunteer as refugee mentors with Burmese refugees, specifically the Karen people group. One of our students is now ministering long term on the Thai-Burma border with the Karen refugees! BHITC encourages us to love our neighbors in practical ways in Jesus' name whether in our local community or overseas!