Our team in Pittsburgh serves in the Carrick neighborhood which is the new home to thousands of Bhutanese-Nepali immigrants who resided in refugee camps in Nepal from 1992 until their arrival here. Through Love Carrick, a neighborhood house church network, we bring individuals, the local library, schools, churches, and ministries together for long-lasting community transformation.
Once home to many of Pittsburgh's wealthiest residents and prominent mansions, the Carrick neighborhood faces overwhelming challenges. Poverty, limited English skills, despair, violence, and heroin addiction are realities no one can deny. In 2008, many Bhutanese-Nepalis began to move into the neighborhood which has now become the epicenter for our city's 12,000 Nepali residents. Most Nepalis are Hindu and have not heard the Gospel explained to them in a way they can understand. Despite all these challenges, our community is beginning to see the rumblings of transformation with a newly renovated library, several Nepali business startups, and long-term residents rallying together through Carrick neighborhood associations.
Our team lives in the heart of the neighborhood and is doing all we can to be a catalyst and bring community transformation. Through the establishment of Love Carrick, a neighborhood house church network, we are becoming a launch pad for multiplying disciples that will lead to community-wide engagement and renewal.
Love Carrick is a neighborhood church we are creating that will become a springboard for community transformation. We will have several house churches that meet weekly, come together monthly as a large group, and join together as a body once a quarter for a community project.
As Love Carrick evolves, these are some of the ways we hope to be a launch pad into the community:
- House Churches: English and Nepali speaking house churches will be established throughout the neighborhood which multiplies disciples and engages in holistic ministry.
- Love Carrick Youth: A house church for high school and college-aged students will bring students together to discuss practical age-relevant issues and be involved in community outreach.
- Community Houses: People on our team as well as those from the community will open their homes for those in difficult circumstances to stay temporarily as well as simply living together as they demonstrate Kingdom hospitality.
- Urban Ministry Internship: Through Love Carrick, a 10-month ministry training program will be developed, and students will be required to live and work in the community. Upon completion, graduates will be given the opportunity to live in Carrick long-term becoming an integral part of our work.
- Disciples will be multiplied through the house church network, Bible discovery groups, and mentoring relationships.
- Love Carrick will mobilize people to serve as volunteers in local schools, the public library, and in children/youth ministry for under-resourced churches in the area.
- Love Carrick will be a mission sending church with a focus on the unreached in Nepali-dense populations in the US Mid-Atlantic region and Nepal.
The dream before us is that we will lead a movement that blesses and encourages unity and collaboration in Carrick and ensures that every single person, every single pocket of the neighborhood has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness. May each church, each business, each school, and neighbors from diverse backgrounds be able to shout, "We. Love. Carrick!"