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The Steps Mural

Steps Mural in Buffalo

We’re so happy with how the mural came out! Grace and her friends from the Cleveland Institute of Art did an excellent job. Thank you to all that donated to this project especially the people of The Tabernacle who gave most of the funds to make this dream visible. The mural, located at the corner of Seneca Street and…

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What Will Pot Legalization Mean For Inner-city Youth In Buffalo?

Written by Ben Tagg Marijuana for recreational use has been legalized for New Yorkers. New York is among 16 other states that have legalized pot in recent years. Recreational Marijuana use is also legal in Washington D.C. Even though this has been talked about for many years in New York, it’s come quite suddenly for many people. There is…

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Is Your Charity Work Helping or Hurting?

Picture of a bag of goodies that say God Loves You - Is your helping hurting

I wrote this article a few years ago. It was relevant then, but I’d like to re-share it because I think it’s still relevant now. We’ve never had a time (since I came to America in 2005) that more people are needing help. In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of people to have to ask for…

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Stay Safe, But Not too Safe

Stay Safe

“Stay safe” is a cute little phrase that’s been going around lately.  Variations of this phrase are “be safe” and “stay home, stay healthy”.  This and other similar expressions are spreading infectiously because of the Covid-19 pandemic that has shaken the whole world in recent months.  While I’m not against common sense, PPE and quarantines, I am quite nauseated…

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Seneca Babcock Ministries: Covid 19 Report

COVID-19 Report - Seneca Babcock Ministries

When 2020 started, who would have thought we would be where we are right now.  A nation crippled by a virus. Countless people are affected by this either by knowing a person with the virus, having school at home, having to cancel graduations and activities, having hours cut at work, or worse, loss of employment and the list goes…

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Why Should Christians Care About Social Justice?

Wall of Forgotten Faces - Painting by Gary L Wolfe

by Aaron BellevilleArt by Gary L Wolfe Two ways of defining the gospel As Christians, we’re all familiar with the word “gospel”. It is the core of everything we believe. But, as I’ve come to realize in the past couple of years, we all have a slightly different idea of what the term means. The Church at large is…

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Fighting for the men of this city

Fighting for the men of this city

Baby Daddies We are in a battle for the men of this city. We all know that the wider culture paints men as overweight, sex-obsessed idiots. But there is a cultural norm in the city that perceives fathers (now referred to as ‘baby-daddies’) as unnecessary in the upbringing of a child. This lie is believed by so many of…

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Inner city kids don’t need programs, they need people

Inner city kids don’t need programs, they need people.  I know what you’re thinking. This sounds rich coming from a person who runs programs.  Are programs bad in themselves? No. Programs can be a conduit for relationship, for nurturing, for education, for mentorship, etc.  Therefore, they CAN be a world of good. Programs are little help in themselves.  They…

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BUG Journal 2019

before long the beds looked like popsicle stick forests!

BUG – Day 1 Aaron and I started BUG – Building Urban Growers, with much anticipation and prayer. To us, this is more than just a program – it is shaping a generation.  Day 1 of our co-ed program is exclusively girls, six of them! We kicked off with painting stars to stick in the ground on their dedicated…

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A fresh look for Steps on the Web!

Screen shot of front page

As some of you may know, I have been learning web design since September! This is my first real project. I’ve given the Steps site a whole new look and (more importantly) brought it into the modern age with cross device responsiveness. This website is fully accessible on any device! I hope you enjoy it and let me know…

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