April painting in Guadalupe

Spring, and God, showed in Guadalupe, Arizona.  Again.  I like to write about Guadalupe because I like Guadalupe.  I do ABCD coaching work in a number of places around Phoenix Arizona but Guadalupe is where I feel the most at home.  I have worked with my friends in Guadalupe for many years and it is always a real joy to see God there.

 

This time God showed up at our first big community painting in Guadalupe.   We joined forces with another community we work with in South Phoenix, Barrio Nuevo.  The leader there, David Bennett, has house painting down to a science, having done about 60 houses in the last five years.  He brought over some of his friends from south Phoenix and some of his friends from outside the community.  Out little community of folks from Guadalupe doing basketball and tutoring joined them, along with some of our friends from outside the Guadalupe community.  Altogether, we have about 80 people, with about 30-35 of them from Guadalupe.

 

We painted two houses – Francis’s house and Linda’s house.  It only took the morning, starting at 8:30 and finishing about 11:30.  And in that three hours wonderful things happened.  People met people and worked with them to make the community a little better.  People smiled.  People got to know a little bit more about each other.  People shared work, paint, food, water and fun.  Relationships grew.   God was there.

 

This was another great step, on a number of levels.  We were able to do a joint activity between a couple of our neighborhoods and the people who live and relate in them.  It was the first time we reached out into the Guadalupe community to do some painting as chosen by the community and with the support of the community.  And we combined many different people, from many different places to do the painting.   It was fantastic.

 

In May, we are planning another such event.  This time, we will paint in South Phoenix, Guadalupe and Central Phoenix.  We will add in another community and another 100 people.  And we will see what God does.

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Since 2010, Jeff has worked with communities in Arizona and Phoenix Valley of the Sun specifically, walking with communities and helping them positively transform their communities and come closer to the love of God. We work with communities to help them hear their story, to find their assets, to strengthen their voice and then to organize themselves to drive the transformation they want to see. We help them join with partners and collaborators that want to help them see their vision of transformation take place in order to make it real. Our vision is to continue to repeat this long term with the communities so they grow fully into the plan God has for them. Prior to this Jeff spent almost 25 years in the high tech business, working with Intel corporation in a variety of positions, culminating in being a division general manager for the last four years before God called him to do something else. In this capacity he work with semiconductor manufacturing process and equipment development, manufacturing software development management and large scale enterprise wide software development and deployment. Jeff has a Master degrees in Physics from Clarkson University, a Masters Certificate from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Certificate from the University of California Santa Cruz in Software Engineering. Jeff is also Evangelism Director for his church, Living Faith Anglican Church in Tempe Arizona. Further, he participates with spreading Asset Based Community Development centered, listening based, wholistic mission work worldwide as the Chief Operating Officer of Alliance for Transformational Ministry (ATM). ATM is the umbrella organization for sharing these concepts, teachings, lesson plans and philosophies to the entire world via Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Collaboration for Neighborhood Transformation (CNT). He is director for Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, which is putting these practices to use in Arizona. Jeff is married to Cindy Frost Bisgrove and has two fantastic boys, Benjamin and Daniel. He is also shares the house with a cat, two dogs, a gecko and many fish. He loves spending time with his family and his friends. He also enjoys running, hiking, camping and climbing.

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