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By Coy Shaw Most of us see them weekly—beautiful white or brick buildings surrounded by flowerbeds with a grassy lawn and a neatly painted asphalt parking lot. They are the subject of postcards and photography magazines. They are the many suburban and rural churches along the highways of our land. Their imposing beauty gives us a sense of “peace and contentment.” However, there is another not so beautiful part of our country—the parts of the asphalt jungle of our large cities known as “the inner-city.” If you do a search on the internet for the meaning of “inner-city,” you will find the following: 1) The usually older, central part of a city, especially when characterized by crowded neighborhoods in which low-income, often minority groups predominate. 2) A central and usually older part of a city, densely populated, often deteriorating and inhabited mainly by the poor. 3) The area near the center of a city, especially when associated with social and economic problems. Did you note the key words—crowded, poor, problems? Those words are in stark contrast to “peace and contentment.” An inner-city ministry will probably never have that beautiful building with flowerbeds, a grassy lawn and a neatly painted asphalt parking lot. It will probably meet in a building with bars on the windows and may even have graffiti painted on the outside walls. Three BIMI couples, Alan and Sabrina Davis, Dana and Julie Dice and Coy and Nancy Shaw are involved with church planting in the inner-city. All three couples are located in New York City, but the neighborhoods in which they work are diverse one from the other. Alan and Sabrina Davis are located in the Bronx. Two very different cultures, Blacks and Hispanics, heavily populate the neighborhoods surrounding the Bronx Building Baptist Church. Most of the people live in apartment buildings and many of the buildings can be difficult to access. Brother Davis has been run out of more than one building while trying to do door-to-door visitation. Since the beginning of their church planting ministry in 1984, it has been necessary for the Davises to relocate numerous times. The first location was Alan and Sabrina Davis a rented two-story house in which the downstairs served as the church and the upstairs served as their living quarters. When the Buildings Department issued a summons for 32 BIMI WORLD – Number 2, 2011