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My heart has come alive, I realize as I lay with my face on the floor sobbing for my kids. The kids that I mentor everyday at Ashley Park K-8 School and the stories that they tell me about who they are, and what they are living in.  As I

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After All

This semester Urban Life is kicking off a new initiative – Mentoring Mondays. We decided that each of us would select one kid from the neighborhood to bring back to our place and invest in their lives each Monday after school. As their mentor, we will be coming alongside them

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Christmas Break

The past two weeks, the Urban Life program was on break, but that doesn’t mean that God stopped working, or that ministry stopped happening.  Meg went home to Ohio and had an impact; Rachelle went back to Los Angeles; Dionte went to Atlanta; and David was with his fiance, Liz,

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Not Settling for Second Best

“Get the big one!  Get the whole set!  We aren’t settling for anything less than the best we can find!” We scurried down the aisles at Target pulling toys off shelves.  Our carts were loaded with basketballs, scooters, dolls, cars, games, pajamas, purses and anything else that might fulfill a

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No Matter What

It’s not always easy to do the right thing. In fact, it’s hard to remember the last time it was easy. It rarely is for me. I always find myself conflicted in situations where I have to decide to do one thing or another. Now usually, it’s between God’s way

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Maybe it’s Simple

We wake up. To a new morning with new mercies and the sun shining warm even in December. We set out in tank tops and t-shirts to do the work we are called to today on the West Side of Charlotte,NC. We count ourselves as blessed. Lord, thank you for

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He Teaches in Mysterious Ways

My Grandmother used to always say, “God works in mysterious ways.” As a kid, I thought that this was just another one of those sayings that all of my elders said. However, as I have grown older and more experienced, I have found this to be nothing short of the

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I love the part about Thanksgiving right when we sit down to eat and and someone always starts up and says,  “Hang on, before we eat lets just go around and each say something we are thankful for today!”  I love that!  I love listening to people share as they

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Sometimes I Forget I am Human

This is a blog written by Elizabeth Danko (my fiance). She wrote this not only in a trying time at college, but in a season of not being able to stop from sun up until sundown. I believe it captivates what we all feel at times. Enjoy. -David Gage Hall

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He Meant It

I’ve been on the long road of recovery from the misconception that life is about me for quite some time. It has been tough, but it has been more beautiful than anything. Urban Life is definitely teaching me the beauty of trusting others and opening yourself up to the possibility

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