The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor . . . They shall be called Oaks of Righteousness . . . They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
Isaiah 61:1a, 3b, 4
Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, the marginalized, the unexpected. And wherever Jesus brings good news to the marginalized, He also recruits them in the work of bringing that good news to others. Jesus is not simply in the business of healing the sick. He is in the business of turning the sick into Doctors. He is not simply in the business of providing for the hungry. He is in the business of transforming the hungry into entrepreneurs and city planners. According to Isaiah, the secret to seeing change in our city’s most marginalized neighborhoods lies in the Oaks of Righteousness who are already there, who God has chosen to renew our community.
Yet often we overlook the Oaks of Righteousness in our own backyards. We turn to “experts,” to the powerful, to large, expensive initiatives that treat low-income neighborhoods, neighbors, and neighborhood leaders like problems to be fixed rather than agents of renewal commissioned by God to lead the charge in making the Kingdom of God known in every corner of our city.
The Oaks Project at MCUTS encourages and supports the Oaks of Righteousness in rebuilding our neighborhoods by equipping local leaders with job training, financial literacy, and other community development tools, and serving and encouraging those leaders as they implement these tools in their local churches or ministries.
Find out how The Oaks Project works here.
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