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Update from the McCrackens in Portland
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We’re bringing people together in Rockwood to ensure that no one is invisible and that everyone has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness.

This is part of the PREVENTION side of what we do, dovetailing nicely with our community transformation mission.  We envision Rockwood becoming a community where children are less vulnerable to being trafficked and adults do not want to traffick kids.  

Our Afghani Daughter...

Thank you for praying for our new Afghani friend "A".  She is a sweet 18-year-old, a sophomore in high school (because of her limited English) who found herself homeless.  Only in the States for 11 months, she stayed with us for 10 days until a local non-profit found a more long-term solution for her.  We all hit it off from the beginning, and from day 1 she asked if she could call us "Mom and Dad" (her parents and 6 of 7 siblings are all still in Afghanistan).  

She did go to church with us on Easter Sunday but because of her limited English did not really understand anything that was said (but loved the music and singing).

We never really talked about "religious" subjects for the 10 days she was with us but the evening I was driving her to her new place the questions just starting flying!  "You believe Mohammad is a prophet?  You believe Jesus is God?  How could Jesus be God and die if God cannot die?  Have you ever read the Koran?  What do you believe about heaven and hell?"  Of course I told her these were great questions that I would love to sit down and talk to her about some day but could not possibly answer them in the few minutes we had that evening.  (The truth is I need to find someone who can translate for us because neither her English nor my Dari are good enough to have this kind of conversation in a clear and meaningful way).

Our good relationship continues.  Vicki and her text or talk on the phone almost every day, and she continues to call Vicki "Mom".
Interconnecting the Community of Rockwood...

One of the ways we are working to bring people together in a multi-cultural community (where "isolationism" is the norm) is through our INTERCONNECTING YOUR COMMUNITY seminar.  We offered a pilot program recently in which a local Hispanic church (Iglesia Luz del Pueblo) and a mostly-white church (As Is Church) spent 8 hours together (over two Saturday mornings) identifying their own cultural biases, getting to know and understand each other, facing latent prejudices, and learning how to build bridges by doing projects together.  

We received much positive feedback from the 25 or so people that attended, and everyone seemed very encouraged that further impetus was given to an already developing relationship between the two churches that share not only a campus, but also a heart and a vision for Rockwood.

(The IYC seminar was adapted by the Rockwood Community Development Corporation from material given to us by the WorldView Center)
Celebrating Ellie's birthday at the mall together
Celebrating Ellie's birthday at the mall together
Interconnecting Your Community Seminar
Interconnecting Your Community Seminar
Interconnecting Your Community Seminar
We are so VERY grateful to all of you who pray and/or financially invest in our life and ministry.  We are a TEAM, and we are so thankful for your role(s) on our team!  Special thanks to those who were able to recently give extra or increase their support.  It helped take us out of the hole in our ITeams account and prevented us from taking a salary cut. We continue to trust God with our present and our future, but also want to be strong in wisdom as well as faith.  Thanks for your continued prayers on our behalf, as well as any efforts to connect us with potential new members for our support team.
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