Portrait of an Anabaptist Radical (Young?)

Hello, hello. I am Steve Kimes and I’ve posted a few comments, but I’ve just had the opportunity to join this infamous group, so I figured I’d take the time to write a few paragraphs about me, as an introduction.

First of all, I wasn’t raised Mennonite/Anabaptist. I actually wasn’t raised Christian. I came to the Anabaptist fold via conservative evangelicalism. My career choice was missions, specifically working with the poor in Bangladesh, after a missions trip in Calcutta and Bangladesh for six months. However, God led my wife and I to work with the homeless in Portland, OR instead.

But, since our background was missions, we approached doing homeless ministry from a missions perspective. So we invited the homeless to our home, trying to understand their culture and ways. We try to love them within their culture, rather than bringing them out of their culture, trying to teach and demonstrate how to live for Jesus as a homless and/or mentally ill person rather than just as a middle class person.

Since we noticed that fellowship and Christian community was difficult for most homeless and mentally ill believers, we created a church community that was specifically made for those groups, where they would feel comfortable. This has proved pretty successful, having now three cell groups (and just beginning a fourth) with about a hundred people a week coming. We also offer meals, showers, clothes– especially socks!– and a place where the outcast feel welcome.

If you’d like to know more about our work, you can check out our website at www.anawim.or.us.mennonite.net

Anyway, I look forward to participating here!

Steve K

Comments (4)

  1. DevanD

    great to have you steve! I look forward to more contributions. thanks for the intro.

  2. PeterK

    I think I saw your church’s website a few months back when I was looking for possible placements with the ministry inquiry program. I ended up coming out to Philadelphia and I’m having a great experience at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church out here, it’s a diverse urban congregation that is seeking to meet the surrounding community’s needs in many ways including with starting a separate non-profit community development association. It sounds like you are doing some exciting things out there as well, if I’m ever in the area, which is a possibility after I finish school, I’d love to check it out. Blessings on your work.

  3. SteveK (Post author)

    Sure! If anyone is out in our area, we’d be glad to have an overnight visitor, as long as we know ahead of time you’re coming.

    Great to hear you’re involved in urban ministry! It’s a field that requires sacrifice, but we need so many more folks in it. There are just not enough ministers for all the work that needs doing.

    Steve K

  4. storbakken

    Nice to e-meet you. I checked out your Web site and read your intro here. I pray God continues to bless you and your wife and your ministry.

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