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  • 11/24/15--06:25: A Fatherless Story
  • My mind was trying to comprehend the words that were coming out of this young man's mouth. I was confused, and I was doing a poor job of hiding it on my face.

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  • 11/24/15--06:28: Dreams Realized!
  • It’s no ordinary day when you pop up in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Instagram feed – and King College Prep graduate Markida is certainly no ordinary young lady.

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  • 11/24/15--06:46: Student Spotlight: Jarvis
  • “I was never suspended from school, but I always got into fights,” he recalls. “I wanted to be tough and mean . . .I joined a gang because they showed me love that no one else would.”

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    When building Life-on-Life relationships with teens, we must be living gospel-centered lives in order to point them toward Christ. Watch the training below as our GRIP The School Program Director, Shawn Procter talks about gospel fluency based on D.A. Horton’s book G.O.S.P.E.L.

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    The ability to engage in cross-cultural relationships is crucial to urban ministry. Watch the video above as Kareem Manuel talks about what a cross-cultural relationship is, and some methods for building more of them in your life.

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    2016 Life-on-Life Open

    GRIP Golf Fundraiser

    Please join us for our 3rd Annual Life-on-Life Golf Fundraiser! We’re excited to announce that the event will be a 4-person, 18-hole scramble at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. We expect a fun and competitive event. Purchase as an individual ($250) or as a foursome ($1000). Details are as follows…

    Start Time: Shotgun start at TBD at course #2, The Ravines

    Format: 18-hole, 4-person Scramble

    Sponsorship: If your company is interested in being a sponsor at the event, please contact

    Schedule of the Day

    Registration: 7-8:15am

    Putting Green/Driving Range Open: 7-8:15am

    Start Time: 8:30am

    Lunch Activities Immediately Following Round: Buffet, Presentation & Auction


    Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:30 AM CST


    Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
    12294 Archer Avenue
    Lemont, IL


    Christina Trina
    GRIP Outreach For Youth


    If you are unable to golf, or you’d like to support a golfer, you can help us reach our goal by giving a donation of any size. Just click the red button below that says “GIVE” and under “Choose your designation” select “Golf.” Then you will have successfully made your donation to GRIP Outreach For Youth.

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    Chicago Marathon


    If you’re running the Chicago Marathon you have the opportunity to multiply the impact of each stride by running with GRIP Outreach For Youth! With every step you take & every dollar you raise, you can help us do the important work of breaking the fatherless cycle.

    Here are some ways you can be a part of Team GRIP and break the cycle of fatherlessness:

    1) Run With GRIP! That’s right, we want you to put on your running shoes and train to run the race you’ve always wanted to run – The Chicago Marathon. We’re putting together the GRIP Runners Club, an amazing team that will train together and spur one another on to 26.2 miles! We’ve got a training schedule for you to follow, long runs that we’d like you to join us on, and so much more. What are you waiting for? Join the GRIP Runners Club!

    2) Support a runner. Ok, so you’ve decided not to run with the GRIP Runners Club and we understand that. Running 26.2 miles isn’t a goal that everyone wants to achieve. Let’s face it, running a marathon is right up there with bucket-list items like wrestling an alligator or climbing Mount Everest. But, you can still be a part of the club! As runners sign up with the GRIP Runners Club, profiles will be listed on our site and you can sponsor those individuals. Feel free to check in weekly to see what new runners we have! See the runners below, and click to give to them.

    3) Make a general donation. If you’re not sure which runner to support, because they are all so amazing.


    Sunday, October 9th, 8:00am


    Charity Block Party

    5101 W. Harrison St.
    Chicago, IL



    If you’d like to support a runner, you can help us reach their goal by giving a donation of any size. Just click the the name of the runner you’d like to support, and then enter an amount to give.

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    As a 25 year old who grew up fatherless on the South Side of Chicago, Luther joined a gang at a young age. His family was convinced he was going to end up in prison, or even worse–dead.

    Luther & Ross (1 of 2)


    One night I got beat up real bad and ended up in the hospital.” – Luther

    Luther knew that God was giving him a second chance after he recovered from being in a coma for 8-months. Shortly after his recovery, he began to follow Jesus, but there was only one problem–he couldn’t comprehend Scripture. Like many of our youth at GRIP, he struggles with reading comprehension. “I knew that I needed to read the Word [of God] but I ran away from the Word because I couldn’t comprehend it,” Luther says.

    Not long after Luther began following Jesus, he met Ross–a GRIP volunteer–and was introduced to Streetlights. “It was like a hunger for the Word of God became evident in his life, and now he’s listening to Streetlights all the time,” says Ross.


    Luther and Ross studying Scripture through Streetlights

    Luther found himself fully engaged in Streetlights, pausing and reflecting, writing notes, and discussing with Ross along the way, which has led to a deep Life-on-Life relationship. “My role [with Luther] has been ‘together let’s get to know God,’” Ross remarks.

    “Never in my life have I felt more consistently like God is talking to me as I do when I’m listening to Streetlights,” Luther shares.

    Luther and Ross are just two Streetlights users among thousands who are anxiously awaiting more books to be recorded and made available. Currently 14 of 27 books of the New Testament are available for free. GRIP’s goal is to complete the entire New Testament by the end of 2016, but we need your prayer and financial support. You can give to Streetlights by clicking here and type “Streetlights” in the note line.

    Learn more about Luther’s story by watching the video below:

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  • 09/23/16--10:15: EDify Retreat
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  • 09/29/16--14:09: 2017 GRIP Fundraising Gala
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  • 11/14/16--11:56: 2017 GRIP Fundraising Gala
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  • 03/02/17--09:21: 2017 Life-on-Life Run
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  • 03/02/17--09:35: 2017 Life-on-Life Open
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  • 03/22/17--12:11: GRIP on Moody Radio
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