Blog

Familyhood Values Parents Vital Role in Children’s Resilience

Throughout the years, Sunshine has valued the vital role that parents play in their childrens’ lives. Recently, God has graciously opened a door for us to integrate the Familyhood program as a way of incorporating parents into our programming. Familyhood offers a new avenue to support the work parents are already doing. Over the past…

Read More

Made for More Program Values Inherent Worth of Youth

On a cold Wednesday afternoon, a group of 20 middle school students gather at Sunshine Gospel Ministries as Made for More Co-Director Jazlyn Anderson moves amidst the animated conversations, games, and homework.  She calls all the students to the middle of the room and practices some calming breathing techniques before opening in prayer. “We try…

Read More

Wakanda Has Powerful Effect on Youth

Written by Sunshine Young Life Director Lamar Simms On February 21st,  I took a dozen of our high school students to see the Black Panther movie.  As we arrived and got settled in with our popcorn, the usually lively chatter dissipated to silence as the powerful images started appearing on screen.  They had never seen…

Read More

Leo Burnett Advertising Offers Opportunities for Sunshine Youth

When 11-year-old Sherry Peoples attended the middle school Made For More field trip to the Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc. advertising agency in downtown Chicago, it was the first time she had ever been introduced to advertising as a potential career.  “Learning the process that goes into making a commercial, planning a storyboard, pitching the idea,…

Read More

BridgeBuilders Redefines Short-term Missions

Listen. Learn. Serve. Return. Sometimes well-intended service trips can leave the communities they are visiting with unintended consequences.  Sunshine wanted to address this head-on by developing an intentional and thoughtful service learning experience that engaged people with the community without reinforcing negative stereotypes, creating dependency, or displacing employment by using free volunteers.  Jared Hamernick, BridgeBuilders…

Read More

Club 252 uses holistic approach to discipleship

The bell at Fiske Elementary school rings at 3:15.  Within 2 minutes, nearly 60 Kindergarten through 5th graders children are clamoring down the street to get into the Sunshine building.  They run into the building to grab a snack, throw a football in the multipurpose room, and excitedly chat with their friends.  “Having sat for…

Read More

Honoring Dr. King: A Call Beyond Charity

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar.  It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. (Beyond Vietnam) As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, we reflect on the many profound statements he made throughout his journey…

Read More

Suffering and Fear in Light of the Advent- a reflection from Joel Hamernick

If I were to ask you to play a word association game with “Christmas”, you probably wouldn’t immediately think of “suffering and fear”.   But Christmas is a time of reflection and when you’ve had a year like ours, it turns out to be helpful to look at these uncomfortable subjects in light of the message…

Read More

Sunshine Christmas Store Empowers Woodlawn Families

Fifteen years ago as Sunshine staff was gathering toys from churches and other individual donations, a conversation began to emerge.  The question of how Sunshine can better engage with parents and include them in the work Sunshine is doing was processed.  Instead of just handing out charity, they saw that giving parents and caregivers the…

Read More

Wheaton College Comes to Woodlawn

Building Bridges: Wheaton in Chicago For more than a decade, Sunshine has been formulating a concept designed for college-age students that would offer more in-depth service learning–extending beyond the typical week-long BridgeBuilders experience. This initiative would further cultivate growth in understanding issues of race, poverty, and justice as students learn and live in the neighborhood…

Read More