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CityServe Leaders Meeting – June 20th

Now that CityServe has wrapped up we want to gather to debrief and also consider ways we can consider mobilizing our bodies.

We will talk about some new tools that are being developed (hint: audio drive tour of Fresno), as well has hear from local non-profits and city staff for ways you can connect your people together.

This will be an interactive and informative meeting.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

See you there!

– Artie Padilla, CityServe Steering Committee

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
Address: 4141 Ministries (4141 N Fresno St, Fresno, CA, 93726)
Cost: No Cost
More Info: https://cityserve-nextsteps.eventbrite.com

Register Today!

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Preterm Birth, Infant Mortality & Neighborhood Life

Two years ago I was asked to sit on a steering committee focused on learning why Fresno County has such a high amount of preterm babies (born before 37 weeks gestation). We were also pondering why our African-American moms were losing their babies at a rate that matches those of under-developed countries in Africa.

You may wonder what preterm birth and infant mortality have to do with ENP and it’s work in our schools and neighborhoods.

Artie PadillaPreterm Birth, Infant Mortality & Neighborhood Life
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Free Little Libraries – Spreading Literacy

ENP has made a significant investment in addressing literacy in our city. Literacy Mentoring has taken off at several schools, with both one on one and group literacy support. As we continue in this work we know we have to address literacy from several fronts so we are excited about this new literacy initiative.

Free Little Libraries.

One of the biggest challenges for low-income families with regard to literacy is the lack of access to books in the household.

Sixty-one percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. That includes children and adult books! What we know is that the only measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. An analysis of a national dataset of nearly 100,000 United States school children found that access to printed materials—not poverty—is the “critical variable affecting reading acquisition.” This is not just a home issue, but a neighborhood issue. One study found that in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio is 13 books per child; in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children. (1)

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Opportunity Ignites On The Soccer Field

Love, hard work, dedication and service sums up the story of Saturday Sports participant, Chris Rosas. With stated goals to become a pediatrician, help provide for his family and raise the Saturday Sports attendance, Rosas makes it a priority to invest positively into the lives of others.

Rosas graduated last May from Fresno Pacific University and returned to the Saturday Sports program after taking some time away to finish school. He commented on the young talent and hinted at his goal to raise the level of competition on the field at Susan B. Anthony, where he presides over the soccer games.

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Leadership Development: Video Highlight

We believe in Leadership Development.

The primary goal of leadership development is to restore the stabilizing glue and fill the vacuum of moral, spiritual, and economic leadership that is so prevalent in poor communities by developing leaders. (1)

Now that ENP has been around for 8 years as a non-profit and some of our sites have existed for almost 12 years we are seeing the next generation rise up into various leadership roles. This video was created for our 2016 ENP Christmas Celebration to highlight 3 of these leaders.

Enjoy and be part of the continued growth in our young leaders. Donate today.


(1) https://ccda.org/about/philosophy/leadership-development/

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The Whole Church

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on why ENP believes that to transform Fresno neighborhoods we need the Whole Gospel, Whole Church, and Whole City. 

What denomination are you from? Are you Catholic or Protestant? What do you believe about the topics of the Holy Spirit, Biblical Inerrancy, Women in Ministry, etc?

It is human nature to want to quickly put people into a box or a category. We want to know “are you on my team or are you on the other team?”. We want to know who is in and out is out (I have written here about that issue), but these are questions most often used to divide instead of unite.

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The Whole Gospel

This is part 1 of a 3 part series on why ENP believes that to transform Fresno neighborhoods, we need the Whole Gospel, Whole Church, and Whole City.

The word “Gospel” literally means “Good News” in Greek. So as we talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ we are talking about the Good News of Jesus. Our heart at ENP is to help you and your church be a blessing to our city and to point others to Christ. As we go about the work of pointing others to the Good News of Jesus we have to ask… Is your gospel actually good news to the people of Fresno? Can people taste and see it? Do you have a whole gospel?

I don’t know about you, but I was taught that “The Gospel” was a set of truths to know or believe. The gospel communicated the fact that I am sinful, because of my sin I deserve punishment, and God sent Jesus as the solution – so that by his death and resurrection I can go to heaven.

Is that version of the gospel true or untrue?

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