What about Flint?
Michigan has frequently been in the news concerning its rising crime rate and declining economy over the last few years. Many of us think of Detroit as the prime example of what a recession and changing economy can do to a city. However, most of us have not considered its sister city, Flint.
Flint, Michigan, is one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S., with over 38% of its population living below the poverty level and an unemployment rate of 16%. What used to be a bustling town of industry had, in 2012, a higher murder rate than Baghdad.
So, why even bring up a place like Flint? Because there are people God loves who are still living there. Even as the population continues to dwindle, there are people who are refusing to give up on their city just because everyone else has. Check out these portraits of the folks who remain faithful citizens of Flint, for better or for worse. And as you view photographer Brett Carlsen's pictures as well, pray for the city of Flint and all its residents.