Developing Missional Food Pantries to Transform Communities
What does an international mission trip have to do with Zip Code 46208? Everything, if you ask Merlin Gonzales, founder and executive director of Faith Hope Love (FHL) Community.
In early 2002, Gonzales came home to Indianapolis, Indiana, from a mission trip abroad. Time and money prevented him from pursuing further outreach overseas, so he turned to missions in his own backyard. Soon he invited seven area churches to help him determine what the more info
Bringing People with Disabilities to Jesus
Why would a church that had only one family with a disabled member make it a point to reach out to those with disabilities? Why make the investment? Good, thoughtful questions for which West Shore Evangelical Free Church in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, had a response.
According to the church’s A-Team ministry leader David Zimmerman and former leader Craig Bell, who is disabled himself, the answer is simple: heart and, surprisingly, numbers.
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A Toothache Sets the Stage for a Life Dedicated to the Badjao
What started as a toothache ended up taking Joseph Zanetti half way around the world to learn what it meant to be saved. His story shows how the experience changed his life as he ministers to the Badjao people on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.
Many people ask me why I have decided to dedicate my life to helping the Badjao. The answer is quite simple. God used more info
Cutting Wood to Share Christ with Metro Portland
For many people, thoughts of Douglas fir, maple, and pine trees stir images of Christmas, syrup, and furniture. For the men at Good Shepherd Community Church, Portland, Oregon, trees mean outreach.
According to ministry leader Kent Myers, the Wood Ministry sprouted seven years ago from Christmas presents. A group from the church delivered two truckloads of gifts to the Salvation Army, and church members were encouraged to stay to visit with recipients. While more info
One Boy’s Memory of Royal Rangers Inspires a Ministry’s Reach to Many More
Glen Sorrentino, an adult volunteer with Royal Rangers, contributed this story about how a boy’s remembrance of his childhood experience as a Royal Ranger inspired a ministry to the boys and young men at a South Carolina youth detention center.
The Royal Rangers program is an activity-based, small group church ministry for boys and young men in grades K-12. Royal Rangers provides Christlike character formation and servant leadership more info
Abba’s Hands & Heart: Sharing God’s Love Through Orphan Care
For Heath and Erin Runkles, getting involved in orphan care was like wading into water—one deliberate step at a time. First they waded in personally by adding to their family. The Runkles have two biological sons (eleven and nine), and then they decided to adopt two daughters (seven and five) from China. After their second daughter joined the family, they realized they wanted to be more active in orphan care. But more info
Loving Eau Claire One School at a Time
When you talk with James Whatley, it isn't difficult to figure out what his church is all about. "We find things in our community that biblically break God's heart," says Whatley, associate pastor of Peace Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. "Then we respond to the need financially. Finally, we look for ways to build long-term relationships.” It’s just that simple, and that’s the mission of Love Our Schools.
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Putting the Name of Jesus in Front of Children
“It’s all about the Grinch Effect,” according to Andy Moore, director of Camp Vinson Valley in Macon, Georgia. “Like in the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas where the Grinch understands, finally, he gets the point of Christmas, and his heart changes.”
“You can see the Grinch Effect when kids light up, when they get it,” Moore explains. “They understand a Bible story, swim in the pond for the first time, more info
Discipleship in Eastern Europe
Young people provided much of the energy and momentum behind the revolutions that broke the power of communism in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1980s. Today, Josiah Venture seeks to mobilize that same energy into a mighty force for the Kingdom of God.
Josiah Venture’s vision is to see a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and seeks to transform society. In 1992, three more info
Helping Young People Build Relationships at Camp
Camp is often the highlight of the summer for many children. It’s an opportunity to learn and make new friends when class is not in session. But at Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Maryland, organizers aren’t just trying to keep kids busy while their parents are at work. They’re bringing together children from different social backgrounds and transforming their lives with the love of Christ.
“We have children who are churched and unchurched, wealthy and poor,” more info
Ministry Offers Hope for Freedom from Addiction
In an area of Southeastern Ohio with alarming rates of drug abuse and addiction, Angie Pelphrey helps those who cannot help themselves.
“Last month alone, fifteen people died here in our community because of an overdose,” says Pelphrey. “It’s unreal. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Pelphrey runs Freedom Hall, a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation center she and her husband founded in Piketon, Ohio. Since opening in 2005, it has provided a long-term, Bible-based more info
Bringing Hope to the Nation of Myanmar
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is one of the poorest countries in the world.* It’s poor not only economically, but also in terms of life expectancy, literacy, education, standards of living, and quality of life. Many of the country’s 60 million people live in poverty, some eating only one rice meal a day. The rural poor often farm subsistence plots of land, and some children drop out of school by the third grade to more info
Saints Step Up to the Plate to Share the Gospel with Inmates
Reaching individuals in prison is a challenge. Many prisoners won’t attend a chapel service or Bible study while incarcerated but will go to a sporting event at which a gospel message is shared. The Saints Prison Ministry uses the language of sports to reach inmates with the message of Christ’s love.
The Saints Prison Ministry, headquartered in Moorestown, New Jersey, began in 1987 with a softball team that played more info
Feeding Hungry Children Around the World
Service lies at the heart of Pathway Community Church, which has grown from four families to more than 3,000 regular attendees since its founding in 2002. “When we started the church, it was with the understanding that this wasn’t about us,” says Ron Williams, senior pastor. “We were going to look for ways that we could serve our community.”
A Worthy Cause
Several years ago, Williams learned about Feed My Starving Children, a Christian charity that sends more info
Building People of Peace in War-Torn Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a war-torn part of the world. Since 1998, violence has killed more than 6 million people and displaced many families from their homes and villages.* More than 200 African ethnic groups occupy the land, which has a long history of conflict. Military groups and opportunists from nine neighboring countries regularly battle for control of the Congo’s rich diamond and mineral reserves, while most of the 70 more info