While some faith communities are called to be large centers of worship, others are called to be small groups nimbly meeting specific needs in their community. Sophia Community is one such community — called to provide a community of support for those wearied by presenting a picture of living the “perfect life.”
In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Port au Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding area. In the aftermath, many Haitians moved to Brazil for work. When the economy and government collapsed in Brazil in 2015, many of those refugees began the long journey towards the United States in hopes of reuniting with family and friends there.
House number 1209 is a peculiar house in Greenville, North Carolina. It sits on what was formerly considered to be the most crime-riddled street in Greenville. The house stands out amidst its neighbors—the fence is crazily painted and the house looks different than its neighbors. For years, no one has lived in the house.
But 1209 is not a lonely house.
By Jessica Brodie
There’s a place where all the broken can come to find solace and love. There, in a once-closed church that itself now has new life, they stand together in worship — the homeless alongside those with plenty, the recovering addicts alongside those struggling to overcome a need for excess and greed, the mentally ill alongside the spiritually ill. All of them clasping hands, bowed in prayer.