I recently saw this article: Daddy, Why Do People Steal From Us?
It’s written by a Korean American pastor who is trying to explain to his small daughter why his home keeps getting burglarized. Peter Chin is a pastor with four children and a cancer-surviving wife who leads a church in a low-income, predominantly African American area of DC. His home has been broken into twice, his car many times, and his daughter’s bicycle and his wife’s sandals have been stolen. And still he soldiers on. His daughter is in public school where she is the only Korean, and he continues to lead his church.
I have to say this–even though I’m not a Christian, and even though I take a dim view of proselytization, I have to hand it to Peter Chin. I don’t know if I’d be okay having my family live in an area where break-ins are common. I have in fact experienced a break-in, and it feels pretty invasive. When you move to a poor area where you’re a minority, you put a target on your back. This guy is brave.
I heard from a friend that educators–and I’m assuming this also applies to pastors as well–find a niche. They find a niche student, a niche parishioner, a nice demographic, for which their temperament makes them particularly well-suited. Props to Peter Chin for having this niche and following up on it.
(pic from this article)