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November 11, 2018

Introducing our new director for 2019
This is Sarah Slayman. -
“My decision to pursue God deeper was influenced by the wonder that seeing creation through a lens brought me 5 years ago. My camera caused me to pause and observe the detail behind what God had created in nature, and I greater fell in love with Him and the craft. When I moved to the city, He transformed my heightened love...

November 8, 2018

Shelly’s eyes weren’t asking for anything.

For pity, answers, respect, money, hope, love, or to be known.

They peeked through warm, brown, and peaceful between layers of hoods and scarves.

I had met her briefly last week, and before I had time to reintroduce myself this time, she began chatting away with me like we were old friends.

I was on my way to meet a dear friend for coffee at 7 am...

October 31, 2018

Jeff says, “this is my church” as we sit around him

On the sidewalk

Of the magnificent mile

While throngs of pedestrian’s stroll by.

He doesn’t go in church buildings

There’s nowhere there to put his crate full of belongings

No way for him to blend in with a congregation of people who look especially good and smell especially good and act especially good for that particular once-a-week-build...

October 24, 2018


Not sharing the love of Jesus with them, because you’re not letting Holy Spirit lead you to them, because you’re not asking Him to, because you’re not expecting Him to, because you’re not feeling it.

Lately, I’ve been feeling shaky. Shaky in my relationship with God. He’s been feeling distant. And I’ve been feeling numb, and bored. Numb as in life hasn’t felt super meaningful, and an...

October 3, 2018

A lady in a crisp red coat and white pearls stood out bold on a Chicago sidewalk. Her pose was calmly defiant against the blur of pedestrians rushing by. She perched atop a black crate turned upside-down, a container not designed for sitting, let alone for two. But her knee touched the knee of a man whose weathered skin and dark clothes blended into the dull pavement.

He clutched a red...

September 19, 2018

Meg and I set out for a park just a short distance from our school. The park is one of those increasingly rare spaces where humans converge regardless of economic class, and most often to take advantage of a gorgeous Chicago day to simply be for a moment. They dot the benches surrounding the elaborate fountain, simply sitting and talking, or reading, or doing nothing at all. Couples so...

September 12, 2018

A grey and unseasonably cool early September day at the zoo of all places:

We stopped to pray together for Holy Spirit to lead us to someone, and proceeded to walk right up to Ricky. He was strolling down the path towards us by himself; from all appearances he had just decided to enjoy this mellow day amidst some rare Chicago nature. Upon approaching him, we saw his shirt said, “feed Go...

September 5, 2018

Over the last week or so I ended up talking to a variety of people. There was a girl at Millennium park who I went up to, and she was visiting the city with her mom and grandma. I asked her what she believed about God, and she just started sharing the Gospel. She was talking about Jesus and salvation. She said she was a pastor’s kid and had a season where she ran away from the church,...

August 30, 2018

Hi! My name is Ali and I am the founder and director of The City's Gospel. This year, we're going to be writing more articles, letting you in Behind the Scenes, and updating you all on some incredible things the Lord is doing. But first, let me tell you about us, The City's Gospel.

I didn't really have a goal when creating this ministry, let alone calling it a ministry. It was just so...

May 17, 2018

America: a nation that generally prides itself on friendliness, equality, individuality, and recognition of self-worth. We are pretty proud of the fact that we don’t have an extremely rigid class system. Thus, we have the American dream that anyone can work his way to the top no matter where he comes from. We like to think that we express acceptance, faith, and non-judgment towards eve...

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