‘There, but for the grace of God, go I’ (reporting from Kansas City, Kan.): Kansas church realizes its dream of opening a resource center for former inmates and drug addicts.
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Roswell Church of Christ wouldn’t give up.
For years, the inner-city congregation struggled to realize its dream of transforming a one-time dry cleaners into “a one-stop shop for ex-offenders and substance abusers.”
But on a recent Sunday, the church celebrated the grand opening of the Village Initiative Inc. family resource center and re-entry facility.
Thousands of hours of sweat by volunteers such as elder Randy George and numerous donations — large and small — by Christians and community partners made the dedication ceremony possible.
“We started not knowing how we would finish, but God put the right people in place,” said George, co-executive director along with minister emeritus James O. Maxwell.
This story appears in the November 2016 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.