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Easter Messages

No Greater Love…

No one has greater love than this —that one lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13 There is no better time than Easter to reflect on love. Better than Valentine’s Day, better than anniversaries or weddings or baby showers. There is nothing that gives us hope or meaning or rescue like the love…

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40 Stories

Maria – 40 Stories

Meet Maria Espinoza.  Maria tells the story we love to remind people.  It is the consistency of being present, showing up at all stages of life, equipping and envision futures that becomes the transformational influence of Neighborhood Ministries.  The beauty of Maria’s story is that we can remember her at all these different stages and…

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Neighborhood Spiritual Development

Why We Go to Court

Yesterday, I was on the phone with a young adult (age 36) who is in prison. He is four years away from completing a twenty-two-year sentence. He is repentant and reflective, and for the first time since this long incarceration began, he is seeking God’s help. His heart was hard for so long, and his…

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40 Stories

Daisy – 40 Stories

Meet Daisy Fernandez.  Her story reminds us that the simple act of an invitation opens up the possibilities of a life transformed. Each person she names in this testimonial was someone who showed up for her, at a particular time in her life, inviting her into the space that changed her. Her neighbor’s invite, Nadine’s invite, Googoos’…

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Year-End Messages

Your Legacy in 2023

I want to tell you a beautiful story, one in which you played a big part. It begins with our LEGACY PROGRAMS … the ones I often tell you about: Kids Club in the summer, Kids and Youth outreach programs during the school year, and all the ways we serve our historic families that have…

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Christmas Messages

Christmas 2023

The precious gift of the holidays are before us. Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the holy moments in between and after. We love this time of year and we choose gratitude. Psalm 107:1, 8: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His compassion and lovingkindness endure forever! Let them give thanks to…

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40 Stories

Irene – 40 Stories

Meet Irene Tomas.  The old neighborhood only exists in our memories. Gentrification and urban renewal have transformed broken-down houses and abandoned streets into trendy coffee shops and high-rise apartments. When I listen to Irene, there I am, there she is, and hundreds of others in the old days, in those old streets and alleys. We can all…

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Newsletters

I Spy Something GOod – How did we spy out God this summer?

It is the end of the summer and summer programs here at Neighborhood Ministries, and we are filled with reflections. We don’t often do this, but this year we put our reflections – our God Encounters – into a booklet. Each summer has a theme, this year’s theme was seeing God at work — naming…

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40 Stories

Adrian – 40 Stories

Meet Adrian.  Adrian lets us know what keeps him feeling grounded … it is the memory of the love and sacrifice of others who poured into his life. It is now his turn to “give back”, to make a difference in other young people’s lives, in the way Bryan and others invested in him. Can…

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Mother's Day Messages

Tell Them What You Know

“Tell Them What You Know” Neighborhood Ministries is a story-telling community. We have been privileged to have the front seat to overcomers, ordinary people who live extra-ordinary lives. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to tell the story of an extra-ordinary mom. Patty Reel is that mom. She lost her battle with brain cancer, just…

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Easter Messages

God our rescuer, redeemer and deliverer

Traditionally at Easter, during our church services and celebrations of the day, we have baptisms. It’s the kind of baptism where people bring testimony to their changed life, written down, and come prepared to go under the water in identification with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. It’s always a joyful part of our day. We…

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40 Stories

Francisco – 40 Stories

Meet Francisco.  When Francisco says, “you believed in me, even before I could believe in myself”, I thought “that’s what it’s all about, here”. We depend on the Lord to give us a future glimpse of what is to come with a young person. How will they grow into their gifts and talents? Who will…

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40 Stories

Aida – 40 Stories

Meet Aida. God’s love is poured out into our community through people, with messages that say “you can do it”, “you matter”, “you are loved and needed”, “you are seen” … Listen to Aida’s own words of how she heard God through her Neighborhood family over the years. And more importantly how she said “I…

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Christmas Messages

Building A Cycle Of Hope for the community!

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of love and of a sound mind.” For 40 years, Neighborhood Ministries has sought to empower the less fortunate to break the cycle of poverty. At our Big Event Christmas Fiesta celebrating 40 years of serving our community, we…

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Christmas Messages

Love can change the world!

Love. It’s so powerful it can change the world. And it’s certainly changing lives and changing our community! At our Big Event Christmas Fiesta celebrating 40 years of serving our community, Love was felt throughout our campus. It was also an important theme in our program. If you didn’t get a chance to be with…

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Newsletters

From the Heart of Kit – December Newsletter

Hello dear friends and Merry Christmas, We have much to tell you, although many of you were there to see it firsthand. December 3rd was the Big Event, our final 40th anniversary celebration, and it was beyond “all we asked for or thought” it could be. Our eight acres were filled with children and families,…

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Christmas Messages

God poured out His blessings at the Fiesta!

This past Saturday, we celebrated 40 years of serving our community with Love, Hope, and Power. Our Big Event Christmas Fiesta was a huge success, and we were blessed beyond measure. God’s blessings poured down upon us — literally! — but the rain did not dampen the spirit of Hope, Love, and power. If you…

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40 Stories

Hao Ly – 40 Stories

Meet Hao Ly. From a young age, he found a home at Neighborhood, grew up in leadership here, and has become someone whose impact on the next generation is tangible. He says that he wanted to become part of being “vessels of love”.  And as others say, and as Hao says, it’s what keeps him…

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Thanksgiving Messages

I Thank My God In All My Remembrance Of … All … You

A thankful heart … is medicine for the soul. Muses, philosophers, theologians and mystics have considered the profundity of becoming grateful. The great G.K. Chesterton, a prolific author from the turn of the last century found gratitude to be transformative: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is…

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40 Stories

Adolfo & Felipa – 40 Stories

Meet Felipa Torres and her son Adolfo.  The term “resiliency” isn’t adequate to describe Felipa’s journey which we have been privileged to bear witness to.  Resiliency wrapped up in her faith, her focus, her undying spirit of service and leadership … maybe that’s better!  One thing is for certain, she becomes a representative of the…

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40 Stories

Jimy – 40 Stories

Meet Jimy Martinez.  The pastor of our Neighborhood Church and the son of a pastor from Honduras. Jimy has carried a longing for most of his life for “the church to be so much more” than what most experience. Jimy brings this desire into his work on a daily basis here at Neighborhood Ministries. He is such…

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Education for Life

Tania Lopez – The new Sueños Youth Center director

Announcing a Dream Alive In the midst of the huge adjustments we all have made because of COVID 19 and the surrounding social upheavals … we still dream. I want to share with you one of these dreams. God has been building our vision for the potential of our Sueños Youth Center for a few…

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Mother's Day Messages

Trusting Our Father In The Pandemic

We are sending love and our prayerful commitment to you during this Coronavirus pandemic. Our common faith and common humanity drive us to this deep solidarity with each other. We are aware of many things right now, some of which might even be considered hidden gifts embedded in this crisis – one I can think…

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Easter Messages

Easter Welcome

Here in our Beloved Community, we are doing our best to take care of each other during this COVID 19 crisis.  We spend our days reinventing our programs to move them on-line, we make sure our community knows where all the resources are to take care of their most basic needs and we check in…

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Spring Messages

Imitating God comes with a cost…

I have imagined for years what it would look like if Jesus was walking, teaching, healing, loving people, and doing miracles in Phoenix. What neighborhood would he pick to live in? Who would be the major recipients of his compassion and mercy? It’s a wonderful exercise and puts some pressure on me, because I want…

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Spring Messages

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Not too long ago, Wayne and I went to see the documentary of Fred Rogers’ life, titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor? We laughed and cried and smiled … inspired by this life lived for the sake of love and the wisdom and creativity that was birthed from that love. Now we get to witness…

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Education for LifeNewsletters

Building Up Our Youth

There are a lot of nooks and crannies on the Neighborhood Ministries campus that hide real gems. One unassuming set of double doors hides just that. At Kids Life (grades k-7) on Monday nights, those doors come open during activity time to reveal a wonderful little woodshop. There, youth will shape, assemble and decorate kits…

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Skye’s the Limit at Neighborhood Ministries

During Kids Camp Lake Day, more than 100 youth, ages 10 and up, were empowered with the experience of kayaking. Skye’s the Limit Foundation is honored to have been able to provide the exposure and opportunity for the kids of Neighborhood Ministries to find joy, peace and self-reflection as we explored Canyon Lake. “It was…

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Newsletters

Dance is Coming Back to Neighborhood!

Did you know that back in 2010-12, Neighborhood Ministries was home to a hip-hop dance class? Yup. Hip-hop dance, and it was a good one. The class was the brainchild of Alice and Sheryl Cooper, Kit Danley and a talented instructor named Hodgie Jo. In 2012, the program was put on hold, but there’s always…

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Newsletters

Manaia – The Intern Who Wasn’t

Manaia was extremely thrilled to find she had been selected for our 2019 Kids Club intern program. Not only would she get the chance to mentor kids in her community and have fun doing it, she’d be one of the few organizers to receive a small wage for her work! Sadly, it wasn’t to be.…

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Newsletters

Pancho Gonzalez Foundation Tennis Program

About six years ago, Mike Mellison and Greg Gonzalez (The nephew of the late, great Pancho Gonzalez) expressed interest in carrying on Pancho’s legacy by teaching tennis to the kids at Neighborhood Ministries. For those who don’t know Pancho, he would have identified with many of the kids we serve. He used tennis to rise…

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Newsletters

Kids Club 2019: A Destination Invitation, from Jesus to LIFE

Attendance at Kids Club this year far exceeded our expectations. But thanks to your generous support, we were ready! We had close to 600 participants, more than 100 high school and college students as our Work Crew and Jr. Work Crew, and more than 200 additional volunteers. There was quite an adjustment that was needed,…

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Newsletters

2019 Kids Club Spotlight

WHAT HOLLY WAS GIVEN, SHE GIVES BACK Holly Alvarado grew up at Neighborhood Ministries. She attended Kids Club and our other programs from the time she was five years old to fourteen. Today, while she works on earning her degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University, she’s returned to Neighborhood Ministries to give back…

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