Pennsport: Christ Church South Philly Welcomes Community

Pennsport: Christ Church South Philly Welcomes Community

Christ Church South Philly has impacted its Pennsport church community, emphasizing to its congregation the importance of love, family and praising Jesus Christ. The church began when its pastor, Jeff Boettcher (pictured below), wanted to broaden his horizons, start his own church and turned to church planting. Church planting is the practice of establishing a […]

 

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

The corner of Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street in Kensington is amongst the most notorious drug corners in the city. Heroin draws addicts and dealers, making it an open playing field for crime and violence, and for many, death. Around this corner is a building, which houses a man with a message that just might save his […]

 

Mantua: Restoring the Faith With the Davis Brothers

Mantua: Restoring the Faith With the Davis Brothers

In 1995, the tension between West Philadelphia gangs “The Underworld” and “The L.A. Boys” had reached a breaking point. A brutal turf war had started between the gangs after the mother of an L.A. Boys member was shot at by an Underworld member. The gangs’ territory was divided by 36th street, with the L.A. Boys […]

 By Angela Mayo, Tasia Morgan and Samantha Ortiz

West Poplar: Helping Hand Rescue Mission Transforms the Lives of Those in Need

West Poplar: Helping Hand Rescue Mission Transforms the Lives of Those in Need

[vimeo 69121007] Helping Hand Rescue Mission has given homeless and impoverished people within its community a chance to revitalize their lives through religion and its services. Located at 610 N. 6th St., the mission offers Thursday night Bible studies for those in need. About 25 homeless people line up at the fence outside of the […]

 By Melissa Straube and Zac Camagna

Mantua: Spreading the Word of Christ

Mantua: Spreading the Word of Christ

Apostle Claudia Boatwright has devoted her life to spreading the joy of Christianity. She is the CEO and founder of the Abundant Life Deliverance Covenant Churches International, which was created to unite churches and religious leaders alike. “We’re an international ministry, we have churches here as well as in Africa and our focus is to […]

 By Connor Showalter and Jade McKenzie

Carroll Park: Ministry Provides ‘Helping Hands’

Carroll Park: Ministry Provides ‘Helping Hands’

Thomas Smith of Cedar Park stood in line with more than 50 people waiting outside Philadelphia Police Department’s 19th District station at 61st and Thompson streets. Smith was one of hundreds of community members who received donated clothes, food and other items from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Smith, 62, is unemployed and said he […]