Thoughts, Stories, and Perspectives from the Presencia Neighborhood

Little Miguel

Bold Support

Little Miguel

When Ruthie told me that Little Miguel had died from the flu, we searched for him in old pictures, threw stories about him back and forth, and shook our heads at how unreal his passing felt. He's there in our photos, from 2010 to somewhere midway through 2014. He's rarely in the middle of the frame. He stands beside or behind those of us who are posing for the camera. He's absorbed in whatever he's doing, stacking dominos, gardening, working on assignments, listening to a story. He often has an object in front of his face or a glare on...

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100 Miles for the Neighborhood

Ian North

100 Miles for the Neighborhood

"When we run, we say that our lives and the life of our neighborhood are not defined by these challenges, but by our grace, courage, determination, and community."

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Here's to Wine, and Women and Hope for America

Ruth Ann North

Here's to Wine, and Women and Hope for America

As I sat in Rebecca's house with a room full of women, enjoying some wine and sharing about Presencia, I thought, "this is our hope for America".   I got to bring both my boys to visit my sister and her family in their new house. Cousins playing together is the best!   My sister had set up a Presencia Ladies Night for us. And even though I am shy and generally exhausted by people I really enjoyed being with these ladies. Women are powerful. You can feel it, in a room of them : ) I credit much of...

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Pittsburgh, Perspective, and Possibility

Ruth Ann North

Pittsburgh, Perspective, and Possibility

We live in the middle of multiple tensions. Our home is in a 2 bedroom apartment, in a Hispanic neighborhood of hardworking, low income families. But we also live in Chamblee, a city that has multi-million dollar homes. We don't have to drive very far to find beautiful, fully resourced public schools, but the schools our neighborhood kids go to can barely afford soap in their bathrooms. We have friends who are white and wealthy, and friends who are minorities, on the verge of homelessness.  Sometimes living in those tensions gives us a unique perspective or at least helps us ask the...

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The Death of Jewelry Making

Ruth Ann North

The Death of Jewelry Making

When we moved to Atlanta in January of 2009, it was to make a beat up 2 bedroom apartment a home in Atlanta's Buford Highway Corridor. We knew that our immigrant neighbors would save us. Save us from greed. Save us from religion. Save us from a life of empty self fulfillment.  They would give us the opportunity of a lifetime.  We were following God's  invitation to meet with Jesus by welcoming the immigrant. (Matthew 25:32-40). We started the work even before we knew how it would work. We were desperate. We were both Bible College drop outs, and were in the...

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