Our primary missions effort is a partnership with other Kalamazoo churches and a missions organization called Children’s HopeChest. Together we are focusing on a community outside of Guatemala City that we call the Centro de Alcance CarePoint. This CarePoint provides services to about 390 children in a rented house that includes open space for outside activities, a kitchen, five classrooms, a computer lab, an office/storage room, and restrooms. We are partnering with local leadership to transform the lives of these children through child sponsorships and missions trips. Click here to learn more about this CarePoint or to sponsor a child.
YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. (www.kalamazooyfc.org)
In 2006 several Kalamazoo area pastors were moved by the overwhelming need associated with global poverty and AIDS. Together churches have raised over $1.5 million for ministries in Kalamazoo, Uganda, and Kenya. Kalamazoo ministries include Urban Alliance and Tree of Life School. Bernard’s Vision Schools in Kenya and King Solomon’s Academy in Uganda are both schools for orphans (www.christfollowersforchange.org)
In 2008 “Jesus Loves Kzoo” started out as a small Vanguard Street Ministry outreach event on the North side of Kalamazoo with volunteers from two local churches. Now is is a collaboration of many Kalamazoo churches and ministries. The mission of JLK is to Build Unity among Christ-following churches and ministries in the greater Kalamazoo area; to Build God’s Kingdom through acts of love and compassion done together as “The Church” in the name of Jesus Christ; to Engage The Church in community outreach which includes year-round street ministry efforts; and to Connect & Disciple those individuals reached through the ministry to discipleship opportunities. (JesusLovesKzoo.org)
Our joy is welcoming refugees from many nations to the United States who have experienced war in their home country. Since most of them have been in refugee camps, sometimes for 10 years or more, they arrive with few personal items. Oasis International helps them settle in St. Louis with furniture, household items, and clothes. English, citizenship, and computer classes are also made available to them; but most importantly they need our friendship. (www.oasis4refugees.org)
We have been partnering with Boy with a Ball for several years. Boy with a Ball reaches young people and equips them to be leaders capable of transforming their own communities. (www.boywithaball.com)
Martin & Charlotte have been working in Argentina for a number of years. They direct the Patagonian Bible Institute (PBI), a resident Bible Institute dedicated to the training of ministers for pastoral and missions ministry. PBI is located in the southernmost region of Argentina called the Patagonia. (www.patagoniaupdate.org)
In 2006 several Kalamazoo area pastors were moved by the overwhelming need associated with global poverty and AIDS. Together churches have raised over $1.5 million for ministries in Kalamazoo, Uganda, and Kenya. Kalamazoo ministries include Urban Alliance and Tree of Life School. Bernard’s Vision Schools in Kenya and King Solomon’s Academy in Uganda are both schools for orphans. (www.christfollowersforchange.org)