Accompany: To Walk Alongside; to be Present With

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Leadership Foundations Global Office Administration

This may come as a surprise to you, but I can’t help but be hopeful for the future.

You know some of the enormous challenges that cities have faced (and continue to face) over these past months. A global pandemic that has hit marginalized urban communities more than anywhere else. And widespread recognition that we must address the longstanding racial inequities persisting in so many places.

The Leadership Foundations network has risen to meet these challenges in heroic ways. But it’s not just the impressive impact that we’ve had amidst these current crises that has me hopeful.

What most inspires hope in me is the way in which Leadership Foundations continues to serve in the cities where we are present. From its very inception, Leadership Foundations has been centered by the Incarnation of Jesus with dependence upon the Holy Spirit, enriched by diversity, committed to Gospel values, and seeking to be Christ’s servant as a receptive and reconciling presence in cities.

It’s about seeing cities and communities around the world as God’s playgrounds rather than battlegrounds.

It is this reality of the Incarnation, God so intimately close to us, where I continue to see hope, and I know you do too, through the work of Leadership Foundations. This closeness, this intimacy of God with us, deeply informs how we accompany people and entire cities– it’s walking alongside communities and individuals over the long haul, particularly in times of crisis.

It is staying put when everything in you wants to leave and protect.

In this fall’s Street Lights newsletter, I want to share with you some examples of how the Leadership Foundations global network is accompanying people and cities. You’ll read about how Calvin walked alongside Jordon over the course of ten years, and the remarkable difference that he was able to make in this young person’s life. I hope you’ll be as encouraged as I am by their story.

And please know that, thanks to your commitment to accompanying Leadership Foundations, you are helping to drive real and lasting change in cities throughout the world.

In Gratitude,

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Dave Hillis

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What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.