I’m writing this from a small room in an old convent adjoining what used to be an inner-city Chicago Catholic high school. Five years ago the high school closed, and my friend Bob Muzikowski saw an opportunity. Bob and his wife, Tina, have given their lives to working with inner-city kids and lives a block away from the school. He decided to raise enough money to buy the property and turn it into a
non- denominational Christian high school. He named it Chicago Hope Academy, and today there are nearly 200 students. Three are Bob and Tina’s kids. Here is some video. One is from “Oprah’s Big Give”, which was on ABC last year.
I’ve visited CHA before and it’s staggeringly inspiring. For one thing there are no locks on the lockers. Bob says that they teach the kids that stealing is wrong, so there’s no need. They actually live this stuff. Almost all the students are on partial or full scholarships, and many come from very very rough homes, so this place is a lifeline for them, in some cases quite literally. This place is the real thing. I desperately hope that some of you who read these words decide that for Easter you’d like to make a contribution to this place. Whatever money you give away you KNOW you can’t lose in the market… And if you give to CHA you can know that God has used you. This is real. These kids need your help.
The reason I’m here this weekend is to emcee an all-student production of “The Gathering”, a play about the Last Supper that is serious and funny at the same time. These students are hugely impressive in their roles! Part of the joy of being here for a few days is getting to know some of them. Here’s a photo of the cast! Please pray about making a contribution to this absolutely amazing work of God in Chicago’s inner city. Thank you.