Dubuque Dream Center

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View from the Bluffs.

Today, I’m writing from Dubuque, IA.  Nestled on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi to the east, Dubuque is a picturesque, sleepy city with 100 year old houses, river front casinos, historic colleges and churches.  Getting here from the East has you driving west along Hwy 20 through quaint towns dotting the rolling landscape.  It is beautiful country.  And there’s something magical about being in a new place with it’s unique sights and sounds buzzing around you.

But more than just getting to experience a new part of the country, I get to meet new and fascinating people.  The people here are friendly and are genuine in their love for this city. One of these people is JJ. My friend John introduced us yesterday at the Dubuque Dream Center, an urban outreach program in its infancy.  In less than a year, they have acquired a prime piece of property from which they will facilitate after school programs for youth and families living in the downtown area.  JJ has been praying for and dreaming of an opportunity to mentor, educate and serve inner city youth from just such a strategic location…they’ve nick named the old, dilapidated building “the ugly building” for obvious reasons.

What’s also very exciting is that in partnership with church planting guru John Reeves (who I’ve partnered with on a few church plants), JJ is coordinating an effort to launch a multi cultural church (Radius DBQ) from the Dream Center location.  I was able share some music with them this past Sunday morning, only their 2nd ever Sunday in this new location. The excitement about the possibility of having a church rich in cultural diversity is palpable and there’s a lot of work to be done!  I’m encouraged for their future as they take a big swing at seeing the Kingdom come in this city.  To learn more about what the Dubuque Dream Center is up to, go like them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dubuquedreamcenter

Stay in the Arms,


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