WORLD VISION CHILD SPONSORSHIP – Our most personal world-wide mission. In January of 2006 our church committed to financially and prayerfully sponsor a World Vision Child until their 18th birthday. We joyfully sponsored Abigail (from World Vision’s Casitas Mission in Nicaragua) for 9 years until she moved away from the mission location and out of the program. We now sponsor beautiful Yaneris who, thanks to this wonderful program, now receives clean water, health care, improved nutrition and attends school regularly. Her entire village also benefits from World Vision’s work in healthcare, education/economic opportunity, emergency response and child rights. All thanks and praise to God for richly blessing us with these sponsoring opportunities.
We receive regular updates from Yaneris (who lives in San Nicholas, Nicaragua) and our church school children truly enjoy writing back to her several times a year. Please visit World Vision to learn how you too can help a child in need.
Heifer International – One of our most popular missions. “Why give a cup of milk when you can give a cow?” Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger through gifts of livestock and training families to improve their nutrition and generate income. In exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. To see how you can learn more, please go to Heifer International.
Operation Christmas Child – An awesome prelude to our Christmas celebration! One of our favorite missions. Our church family support Samaritan’s Purse’s efforts to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We put together shoe boxes chuck full of toys, gifts, books and goodies to be distributed to needy boys and girls world-wide. In 2010, our church was part of the giving that resulted in over 8 million children in 130 countries receiving shoe boxes! To discover more about this effort, please visit Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Heal Our Patriots – An special outreach of Samaritan’s Purse focusing on giving wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. Couples participate in Biblically-based seminars that help strengthen their relationships with God and others and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation with outdoor activities at their Alaskan wilderness lodge. HOP continues to support these men and women after their initial stay, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority. Learn more at Heal Our Patriots.
Smile Train – Our church relishes the opportunity to share in making people smile. Smile Train’s mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and cleft palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Many aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. They face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. To help bless a child with a smile, sink your teeth into this website Smile Train.
30 Hour Famine –Nearly 8,000 kids die each day because of hunger. Our Pilgrim Youth Fellowship group anually participates in this World Vision sponsored fundraising event where they experience hunger firsthand to help feed and care for hungry kids. To educate yourself on how to “feed the need” read from 30 Hour Famine.