Mission and Mobilization

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We exist to help people find and follow Jesus, and in Mark 10:45, Jesus says, "...even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...", and we take this to heart by partnering with local organizations in serving people in need in our community, by supporting missionaries in their work domestically (e.g., college campus ministries) and globally (e.g., overseas missionaries working on Bible translation, etc.), by sending teams to serve "the least of these" in impoverished parts of the world, and by serving one another and meeting needs within our church family.

If you are ready to reach out and serve, many opportunities are available to you:

  • Learn how to help during the CoviD-19 pandemic
  • Learn about our denominational missionaries
  • Volunteer with our community partners
  • Learn about short-term mission trips
  • Make yourself available to help others in our church family

Check out the links below!

  • Ways you can help during the covid-19 pandemic

    Some of us are staying home at this time. That's okay--be safe. Some of us are meeting in person on Sunday mornings--good to worship together, even if it is a little bit different. All of us can still serve others in a variety of ways. Here are some ideas.

    Click here for ideas and opportunities.

  • Our missionaries

    Our church supports several denominational missionaries in various places around the world. We can also support them through prayer, and by helping them stay connected to our congregation through email and social media (yes, the Internet does reach the remote hills of the Philippines), and in a variety of other ways. 

    Click here to learn more about our missionaries.

  • Community partners

    One of the most important ways that we show how much we "love where we live" is by partnering with several important community service organizations. Rather than reinvent the wheel by coming up with a ministry of our own, we choose to identify existing organizations that are doing excellent work and come alongside them with both financial support and volunteers. Our community partners include (click the links for details and volunteer opportunities):

  • Short-term mission trips

    From time to time we organize week-long mission trips to other countries--primarily construction teams, but occasionally we send a medical team. In recent years our focus has been primarily on Haiti, but in previous years we sent teams to Peru and to the Dominican Republic. A domestic mission trip to Jackson, Kentucky, was planned for 2020 but has been postponed. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled!

    Click here to learn more about mission trips.

  • weekly Prayer focus: Just Food

    We often take the simple things of life for granted - food, shelter, jobs, etc.  However, one of our Community Partners has shared some startling statistics with us - (quoted from their newsletter)

    "Before the pandemic, more than 19,000 Douglas County residents were classified as food insecure. That is nearly 16% of the total population of the county. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families across the country, and in Douglas County specifically, are experiencing greater food insecurity than ever before. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with increased rates of health disparities, unemployment, and food insecurity. At Just Food, these consequences are obvious every day.  Within the first few weeks of the pandemic and still today, Just Food experienced a 49% increase in new visitors to its main pantry, with a disproportionate number of the new visitors being BIPOC. In Douglas County, 14% are BIPOC while of the clients who used our services since the pandemic is nearly 50%. Today 27,400 Douglas County residents are now experiencing food insecurity and rely on Just Food and our network of pantries to have access to healthy food."

    Please Pray:
    • For the Just Food staff and volunteers
    • For strength to work through all the food needs in Douglas County
    • For volunteers to be cheerful in their service as frontline workers
    • For partners of Just Food to be faithful in helping with donations and other duties
    • For peace as Just Food recently moved back into their renovated home facility at 1000 E 11th St.
    • Ask God how you can be involved with meeting the food needs of so many in our community.

    Visit justfoodks.org to learn more.

    As always, you can drop off non-perishable food items in the Just Food barrel inside the main doors of the church.