I love the Albany Park neighborhood. I first started driving up through Albany Park in 1996 when I picked up one of the young men I was working with through Inner City Impact. My favorite Chicago restaurant is in Albany Park (no its not Arun's). And since September my kids have been going to Neptune swim class at NEIU so I've been driving through the neighborhood every week.
Last night the entire family was along for the swim class drive and we were stopped at Kimball and Lawrence. As we sat at the red light, about 12 people crossed the road. Asian, Latino, African-American, Caucasian and Mediterranean heritage was reflected in those 12 people.
I commented on it to Gil--it just was so striking. And in my heart was a stir that this community needs life-giving communities of faith interacting with its incredible diversity. I'm praying and asking God for an increase in the burden if this is from Him.
Check out this amazing photo collage of Albany Park Signs: