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
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
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.
At a time when many Christians 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
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
Answering the Call to a Neighborhood Ripe for Ministry
The southeast Fort Wayne neighborhood to which the Rev. Javier Mondragon moved his family in late 2007 was ripe for ministry. The recession was in full swing; unemployment stood at 10 percent; many residents lived below poverty level; and the area saw more than its fair share of crime.
As he began talking to neighbors, Mondragon realized that the south campus Grace Point Church of the Nazarene planned to open would exclude many more info
Serving Our Neighbors, One Meal at a Time
More than 48 million Americans struggle to put enough food on the table.* No matter where you live, you’re likely not far from someone living below the poverty level. At age 17, Jared Thompson realized that he and his church could do more for people in their neighborhood. With the help of a few experienced volunteers, Jared organized the Me-‘N-U Community Meal at Aldersgate United Methodist Church to serve a free meal once more info