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 (đŸ˜„) we will lay the sod and finish up the landscaping. A HUGE praise to God...

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 27

Hi friends of CLDI! It has been a cold one this week! Click here to get a video update! It is a COLD week in Billings!Cabinets are going in!Thankful for the warm apartments.Staging the cabinetsSafety first!This happened this week at Dinner Church this week (at CLDI) -...

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 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,...

We Had it Good in Egypt

We Had it Good in Egypt

The Providence of God Reflecting on the life of Joseph, the younger brother who had been sold into slavery by his own family, I am always amazed by the providence of God to fulfill a more excellent plan. For many years, Joseph served as a slave and then was imprisoned...

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...

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 13

What a great week. We are thankful (and amazed) by this crazy warm fall that has allowed us to get so much construction done without having to deal with the elements. If at some point you would like to go on a tour of our work in the South Side, and such projects as...

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 9

We are incredibly thankful for the nice weather we had this week as it afforded us the opportunity to catch up on lost ground caused by the snow last week. With the slabs (concrete floors) poured Thursday, the construction team started framing Friday and on...

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 – Week 3

We have an address! 116 and 114 S 29th Street.Ready for the footings to be poured.The footings are in.Knocking out the essential site development work.Firm foundations.Patched and ready to open!Intern house renovation resumes.Soon to add a garage, two bedrooms, and a...

A Kingdom Vision: Fully Immersed, Part 10

A Kingdom Vision: Fully Immersed, Part 10

A blog series on “Kingdom Vision”; to live and orient our lives according to His ways. By Eric Basye "Evangelism is necessary but insufficient by itself to untangle the complexities of poverty, some that date back generations. Effective poverty-fighters, particularly...

Among the Most Vulnerable

Among the Most Vulnerable

*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...

His Name is Daniel

His Name is Daniel

*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...

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...

STEP ONTO THE BATTLEFIELD

STEP ONTO THE BATTLEFIELD

*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...

A Changed Perspective: Challenged to Hope

A Changed Perspective: Challenged to Hope

*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...

A Christmas Reflection

A Christmas Reflection

*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...

Oasis

Oasis

*The following reflection was written by one of CLDI’s newest interns, Colin Sauskojus. We are thankful for His provision of such gifted, talented, and Jesus-oriented young people to further our gospel work in the South Side of Billings. At this time, I was in the...

WEARY AND HEAVY LADEN

WEARY AND HEAVY LADEN

*The following is Part 1 of 2 journal reflections written while on sabbatical as my family and I traveled overseas this past June. I feel frustrated, vocationally speaking. For a number of months, I have lacked a sense of passion in what I do. I am finding that I am...

Messy Abundance

Messy Abundance

I love the freshness that comes with the beginning of a New Year. As a creature of habit, much to the dismay of my wife and kids at times, I function best when I align myself with healthy rhythms in my life. One such rhythm is that of seeing the New Year as a season...

Light of the World

Light of the World

Over the past number of weeks, I have had the privilege of more thoroughly studying the book of Zechariah, a minor prophet in the Old Testament, written half a millennium before the birth of Christ. One commentator notes that Zechariah was arguably one of the most...