Together, as a part of The Chicago Peace Campaign (look it up on facebook) we are working for peace in our community. We've integrated this into our normal youth work and Bridge Builders programs, along with just life in community.
After going to other "Friday Night Lights" events, we launched ours last week. We take a corner that normally has a lot of unhealthy interaction, sometimes shooting, usually drug dealing, and we set up shop! BBQ, Bright Lights, Gospel and Holy Hip Hop on the sound system, kids playing. . . all on the corner from 9pm to 1am. We gather together for prayer on the hour.
Mrs. Woods, a neighbor who has rarely made it out of the house this year due to health reasons was the first to arrive. She set up her lawn chair and talked with me about what "usually" happens outside her window. She was the first to say, "It is time to pray yet?! I'm not missing that prayer out here!". The kids played. . . . CW got on the mic and shared the gospel in song. . . the hot dogs and drinks were a hit. Dozens of people hung out, heard the gospel, laughed together, tossed the frisbee.
On one night, on one corner, it was peaceful. We didn't have to confront anyone selling drugs or fend off anyone carrying guns. We just "showed up, showed out, and shared Jesus".