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When Wayne Gordon and his wife started a Bible study for high school kids in North Lawndale, Chicago, people warned them that a white couple moving into a black neighborhood as a recipe for disaster. That was twenty-five years ago. Today, what began as the Gordons' seedling Bible study has become the Lawndale Community Church. It has a staff of 150, has renovated more than 100 local apartments, has helped more than 50 young people graduate from college, runs a medical clinic that treated 50,000 patients in 1994, and has become a vital part of rebuilding an inner-city neighborhood into a community of faith and hope. Real Hope in Chicago is Wayne Gordon's inspiring account of how people, white and black, rich and poor, old and young, worked together to transform a decaying neighborhood into a place where love is lived out in practical and miraculous ways. It offers an exciting model for interracial cooperation, urban-suburban church partnering--and real hope for the inner cities of our nation.

About the Author

Wayne L. Gordon moved with his wife to North Lawndale in 1970 and founded the Lawndale Community Church, which he currently co-pastors with Carey Casey. He founded the Christian Community Development Association with John Perkins. He is co-author of Standing Fats: Ministry in an Unfriendly World.

Randall Frame is director of communications for Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and senior writer for Christianity Today magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 12, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310205530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310205531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For over 30 years of ministry, Wayne has played a key role in numerous community development initiatives. He is one of the founders of the Lawndale Christian Health Center, a healthcare ministry that sees over 120,000 patients per year.

He is the founding president of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. The Development Corporation is the arm of Lawndale Community Church that facilitates economic development, education and housing. LCDC has seven different housing ministries and under Wayne's leadership, over 400 units of abandoned housing have been rehabbed. LCDC places special emphasis on home ownership for residents of the community.

Wayne Gordon helped to formulate the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). CCDA is a network of individuals and ministries nationwide who engage in Christian community development efforts. At various times, CCDA has had 600 organizational members and 10,000 individual members. CCDA meets annually to share skills and network together. Over 2000 people attend the national CCDA conferences and the CCDA movement continues to expand.

Wayne authored the inspiring book "Real Hope in Chicago." This book details the power of God working in a community in need. Wayne has co-authored books and written numerous articles on God's heart for the poor and Christian community development. Lawndale Community Church was given a "Point of Light" award by President George Bush in 1989 and Chicago Magazine named Wayne one of the Chicagoans of the year in 1995 for his commitment and creativity.

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I've become so tired of most of the churches that I've been to.
Patman
It is a story of hope that will motivate you to accomplish the seemingly impossible and to trust in the God who can make it happen.
Bill Fyffe Jr.
The comments from those who read it were truly blessed by this man's work and obedience to God.
Catherine B. Curtis

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine B. Curtis on February 14, 2002
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I read this book and wanted to cry. I asked the Lord where is this kind of true, loving, caring ministry today? Whatever the Lord has sent me to read, he will use. My husband and I are now in a one-year old ministry. I hope to use this book as a model of love and caring for the people of God. I have done much reading on what goes on in ministry for those who name the name of Jesus Christ and I have come away sorely discouraged and disappointed. I have given this work to our ministry leaders and asked them to read it! The comments from those who read it were truly blessed by this man's work and obedience to God. To think that his work started with a "washing machine"; just meeting the needs of God's people, opened a great door of ministry in Chicago. I truly love this work! I have never met the author, but his work has greatly influenced what we will do in our ministry for God. He that has begun a good work... I tell our leaders that this is the spirit we are endeavoring to have in our minstry at Christ's Church. Thank you for sharing his story and carrying this resource.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
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The narratives in this book will tug at your heart and inspire action in a time of easy inertia. Wayne Gordon has created a special community by developing leadership from within, supporting basic needs within his neighborhood and valuing each individual for who he or she is. The various profiles are moving and show clearly that there is "real hope" not only for Chicago, but for the rest of our nation as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Fyffe Jr. on August 8, 2001
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How can a white man go into an all black neighborhood and change the community? Wayne Gordon felt the calling of God to leave his comfort zone and step out into a community with little hope. He dared to break the wall of racial prejudice and strife in one of the toughest inner-city areas of the nation. It is a story of hope that will motivate you to accomplish the seemingly impossible and to trust in the God who can make it happen. Simply amazing!
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This is an inspiring true story about hope, challenge, and faith. Young Wayne Gordon describes moving from Iowa to teach, coach, and live in Chicago's inner city. He soon began teaching bible study, and then decided to start a church in the North Lawndale community. As a young white minister living and working in that troubled and mostly black neighborhood, Gordon needed strength, vision, faith, and a willingness to learn from his mistakes. Readers see how Gordon stuck it out, finding allies and leaders from both outside and within the community. Over a period of years the Lawndale Community Church expanded and added a health clinic and housing ministry. Gordon's church and ministry did not win every struggle, but they made a difference for many. Some readers may find the author's religious commitment stifling, and cynics will note that North Lawndale remains a troubled area. Still, this is an inspiring story and a possible blue print for those hoping to follow in Gordon's footsteps.
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