The 8 Principles of Christian Community Development: Church Based

The 8 Principles of Christian Community Development: Church Based

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT At this point in the series, it is probably a good idea to provide a refresher as to what we mean by the phrase Christian Community Development (CCD). Pastor and community developer Mark Gornik writes: Community development in biblical...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 33

Hello friends! We are excited to announce that Mosaic Senior Cottages are 99% complete! With our certificate of occupancy, tenants will be moving in next week! After the snow flies next week (😥) we will lay the sod and finish up the landscaping. A HUGE praise to God...

Relocation: Part II

Relocation: Part II

A series on the Principles of Christian Community Development Enjoy this blog, written by one of our current interns, Kallie Linse. ECB That Side of the Tracks When I was in high school, a friend and I were driving to downtown Billings. At some point, we took a wrong...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 31

Hello friends! Spring really came this week! The sun was absolutely amazing! I am especially thankful for the weather as it allowed the opportunity to get a LOT of work done at Mosaic! They are finishing up the inside of the apartments, appliances are being installed,...

Relocation

Relocation

A Series on the Principles of Christian Community Development by Eric C. Basye What the Gospel Says about being a Neighbor Coach Wayne Gordon, a seasoned Christian community developer in the South Side of Chicago, beautifully communicates the essence of the first of...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 24

Hey there friends! I hope you are well today. We had some great progress this week at the cottages. Trim is being installed, tile is going up in the showers, final paint is being touched up, and we are staging for the cabinets! Also, some great work is being done on...

Christian Community Development

Christian Community Development

"Christian community development should help us attain a mental image of how our community will look in the future when God is in control when his kingdom has come 'on earth as it is in heaven.'"[1] Urban Ministry  Twenty years ago, I was on the cusp of...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 21

Hey there friends of CLDI! Just a quick update. We are so thankful for the warmer weather. The construction site is coming along! With the forms prepped and ready to go, the ground thawing out, we hope to pour concrete next week! Meanwhile, trim is going up inside the...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 20

Hello friends! I hope and trust you had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! My family and I were able to spend a very snowy Christmas in Alpine, Wyoming with my immediate family. We certainly enjoyed seeing family and playing in the snow as we built snow forts,...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 18

Friends of CLDI, First off, I hope and pray you have an extraordinary day as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Just this week, I was reflecting on Psalm 47, which says, "Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a jubilant cry. For Yahweh, the Most High, is...

Mosaic Senior Housing Update – Week 16

Hello friends of CLDI! I hope that you had an excellent Thanksgiving. In light of the holiday, my being out of town last week, and a slow-down with the project, we delayed sending an update. However, here is a snapshot of the work that has been completed: For...

On Gratitude

On Gratitude

A Joyful Commitment As the chapter turns for another year gone by, we cannot help but be filled with gratitude. The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible defines gratitude as a: natural expression of thanks in response to blessings, protection, or love. [Gratitude] is not a...

Mosaic Senior Housing Update – Week 11

What a great week! It is so fun to drive by each day and see the progress being made. If you haven't been by in person yet, you should! This week we finished pouring concrete and excavating for carports. The interior and exterior framing was completed,...

A KINGDOM VISION: A COMMUNITY CHURCH, PART 12

A KINGDOM VISION: A COMMUNITY CHURCH, PART 12

In this final installment of our “Kingdom Vision” blog series, it is our hope that you have been challenged to further orient your lives according to His ways. I had personally been praying for a healthy church to plant in our new CLDI building since 2016. Dinner...

MOSAIC SENIOR HOUSING – FRIDAY UPDATE WEEK 10

What a great week! I could not be more encouraged and impressed with the progress Langlas construction makes every day. We are thankful that the weather has allowed us to nearly dry the apartments in. Hopefully, in the next week or two, the windows will arrive...

Mosaic Senior Housing – Friday Update Week 8

Mosaic Senior Housing – Friday Update Week 8

While we thought we were going to poor our first slab last Friday, unfortunately, it didn't work out. And then with the cold snap, we were delayed. However, the great news is that we poured both slabs Thursday. Next on the docket? Framing both buildings! Cold...

MOSAIC SENIOR HOUSING – FRIDAY UPDATE WEEK 7

Wow! What a difference a week can make. Concrete gets poured in the South building this week. Next week they will start to frame the South building. Gravel will also be going into the North building, and then we will be pouring concrete and prepping the...

MOSAIC SENIOR HOUSING – FRIDAY UPDATE WEEK 6

Foundation walls; check.Site prepThe challenges next door; hopeful the city will enforce a demolition.The worksiteGetting the walls formed for Building #2Building #1 plumbed and ready for the concrete slab pour!Future intern house at 2016 4th Avenue SouthOur neighbors...

Mosaic Senior Housing – Friday Update Week 5

Construction forges ahead. The warm fall has been favorable for building! Have you seen the architect renderings for Mosaic? Enjoy these pictures of what's to come.  Do you have a favorite feature? We love the front porches and proximity to Rail//Line. We...

A Year of Clarity and Transformation

A Year of Clarity and Transformation

It was my first day at CLDI as an intern and my nerves were only slightly tempered by my excitement. My new boss gave me the wrong address and after I tried to move into the wrong house, I couldn’t help but think—was this really where God wanted me? This past year was...

Rerouted: An Internship Update

Rerouted: An Internship Update

I love the excitement that comes with making new plans. As I pack my bag, buy travel-size toiletries, and stash some cash for last-minute snacks, I start to envision the adventure that lies ahead. I can feel the butterflies in my stomach as I picture the plane lifting...

Serving Through Summer

Serving Through Summer

Dear friends of CLDI, Summer has arrived! I love summer – the warm weather, clear days, the big Montana sky, green grass, bright flowers, cookouts, and trips; what’s not to love! Like many of you, the summer provides a “seasonal shift” for us with our various works....

Baking with a Purpose

Baking with a Purpose

Sandi Eaton’s passion for baking collided with her heart for people when she went to Rail//Line Coffee and noticed their cooler was running low on baked goods. Eaton jumped on the opportunity to serve, presented the idea to CLDI, and now dedicates upwards of six hours...

A Kingdom Vision: Part 3

A Kingdom Vision: Part 3

As we have started our new blog series called “Kingdom Vision,” I wanted to share some stories about the impact that the gift of time and talents has on those we serve. There are always needs, and simple acts of service can go so far. Enjoy this blog written by our...

A Kingdom Vision: Part 1

A Kingdom Vision: Part 1

By Eric Basye A Glorious Kingdom When my youngest daughter Aida was very young, she would ask me to tell her a “dragon story” nearly every night. Typically, these stories took place in a medieval setting, complete with an impressive castle that was clean and pristine....

A Changed Perspective: Made to Create

A Changed Perspective: Made to Create

By Eric Basye, November 2020 *The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be...

Racism

Racism

*The following is part of a series called “A Changed Perspective” to challenge the way in which we view the world, culture, people, and places from a biblical perspective. Undoubtedly, for Christ followers to live in the world but not be of the world is a challenging...

Mzungu! Where Are You Going? by Ashley Hatmaker

Mzungu! Where Are You Going? by Ashley Hatmaker

*This past July, Ashley Hatmaker, a CLDI Youth Works staff, took one of our South Side youth, Sabrina, on a 3 week mission trip to Uganda. We have been blessed to work with Sabrina the past six years and watch her grow into a young woman passionately in love with...

Jesus, the Only True Answer

Jesus, the Only True Answer

*The following was written by Erika Musser, a Class of 2018 CLDI Intern. We are blessed to host such amazing, passionate, and sincere disciples of Jesus such as Erika through our internship program. For her job placement, she worked at Family Promise and will become a...