In Chicago, the pastor who has been camping out for 100 days to fight violence continues his fight

In Chicago, where gun violence is a real scourge, Pastor Corey Brooks has been camping in the freezing cold since November 20 to raise awareness about it. Thanks to his action, he hopes to collect 35 million dollars to build a social and cultural center. After 100 days, he announced that he would stay on the streets until his goal was achieved. 

Since November 20, Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church in Chicago, camps on top of a building, in the freezing cold to raise awareness of the poverty and violence that reigns in the south of the city. He had announced that this action would last 100 days.

Or CBN News reports that on Monday, the pastor announced that he would continue to camp outside.

When he started this campaign, he said he wanted to raise $35 million through his organization Project HOOD to construct a building that will house a social and cultural centre, the “Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center”.

A place “to change the lives of many people” which will offer a trauma center to support people in difficulty, programs dedicated to adolescents, sports facilities including a swimming pool, as well as classrooms.

Asked by Faithwire, he reports that he has so far managed to raise $10 million. Despite his gratitude, he feels that he must continue as long as the sum he needs for the creation of this center is not met.

“I want to make sure we have raised enough money…to build this $35 million community center that we believe is essential in helping us change the lives of many people who live in this neighborhood. »

“When we started, we were at $0. So here we are 100 days later, and we have $10 million for our project…it's a miracle,” he said before continuing, “I'm not going anywhere. We need $35 million. I will be here”.

He says he doesn't know how long it will take, but pledges to stay put until his goal is achieved.

“It could take a week. It could be a month, it could be six months, it could be another year. I don't know, but no matter how long it takes, I'm gonna stay here until we get every penny. »

The American pastor added that the hardest part was being away from his family and his church. However, he says he is "ready to go through pain and bitterness" to ensure that help and joy will be brought to his community.

“I am ready to go through pain and bitterness to make sure I help bring joy to many other people and joy to our community. »

Over the past twenty years, the city of Chicago in the United States has experienced a wave of violence. In September 2016, Forbes reported that there were more Americans killed between 2001 and 2016 in Chicago than there were in the combined military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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