This last Wednesday (Dec. 7th) I was walking around our East Scarborough community and handing out invites for our Discovery Pointe Church “The Greatest Gift Christmas Celebration.” As it turned out, that day I was passing out door hangers in an area called the Dansig community. If you live in or around the Greater Toronto Area, you are likely aware that this was the scene of one of the worst shootings in recent Canadian history. That day the shooter, Folorunso Owusu (who was 17 years of age at the time of the shooting), was sentenced as an adult to life in prison.
While I was in this neighbourhood, I met a local reporter from 680 News who asked if she could get my reaction to this news. One question she asked stuck with me. She said (paraphrasing), “Do you feel that your community has gotten an unfair rap with the rest of the city and what would you say to people who have a negative view of this area?”
I could sympathize with her question because I have heard the comments from others before who had only seen news headlines that had talked about the drug, sex, and gang activity in our neighbourhood. But my response was simply this, “For those that might have a negative view of this part of the city that I call home, I invited them to come and meet the people for themselves.”
As last Sunday at Discovery Pointe Church indicated, we have a community of loving people who genuinely care for others! These last two years I have been a part of this East Scarborough area, I have met so many individuals who are incredibly generous with their time, energy, and resources. In and outside our church I witness moms walking their kids to school in the snow and cold every single day. I see people who might not have a lot share with those that do. I see others who have been blessed with greater resources share with those who have less. And truly, Janan and I are blessed to be a part of this neighbourhood.
Over these next several years, I am excited to see how the power of the gospel continues to impact the lives of people in this community!