COMMUNITY AND GLOBAL IMPACT
You care about the community and want to make a difference. But maybe you don't know where to start. We can connect you with a variety of opportunities to impact our schools, neighborhoods, and city.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Christian Prison Ministry evangelizes, encourages, and equips believers in all 23 Missouri state prisons and the federal prison in Springfield. To get involved in this ministry, visit christianprisonministryofmissouri.org.
College Heights Christian School is a private, non-denominational school (Pre-K—grade 12) glorifying God through excellence as a Christ-centered learning environment that produces servant-leaders with a Biblical worldview. Visit collegeheights.org.
Cookson Hills is a home, school, and therapy haven for at-risk children. Cookson Hills is designed to help kids take responsibility for themselves both now and in the long run. Visit cooksonhills.org.
Crosslines Ministry provides food, household items, clothes, and assistance to people in the Joplin area. To find out about donations needed, visit crosslinesjoplin.org.
God’s Resort provides clean, safe, and affordable housing as well as relationship-based programs, events, and activities intended to empower residents as they learn and grow. Visit godsresortjoplin.org.
Life Choices provides confidential services to help individuals make informed decisions about their sexual health. For more information, visit choicesmedical.org.
Neighborhood Life House provides mentoring, education, and physical and spiritual partnership to empower people to be who they can be with the help of God. Volunteer in the after-school program, community programs, or special events. Visit neighborhoodlifehouse.org.
Maranatha Bible Camp focuses on challenging children and youth, to know Christ and mature in him. MBC hosts summer camp, family camp, junior bash, and worship retreats, among other events. Visit marantathabiblecamp.org.
Spring River Christian Village is a retirement community providing resident-centered, cost-effective health care services and programs to each resident. To learn ways you can volunteer, visit christianhomes.org.
Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission serves the church in its mission to help the poor in Jesus’ name. To volunteer to serve or take a shift in the shelter visit wateredgardens.org.
We desire to make disciples around the world who change the world.
GLOBAL OUTREACH TEAM ("GO TEAM")
If you want to get involved in serving others not just in your community but around the world, this is the best place to start.
The GO Team is divided into several Impact Teams that focus their attention on one area of need within the global outreach ministry. The GO Team meets on the second Monday of each month at 6 PM in the Atrium. We eat a meal together, meet as a large group, then break into our smaller Impact Teams. We learn, pray, share, meet our Global Partners, and have fun. We also have a special time for the kids to learn about what God is doing around the world.
Interested in sharing a meal once a semester with one of 100 international students in the Joplin area? Families are invited to have a student over for a meal once a month. We try to keep it simple, so families feel comfortable knowing they can do this. It’s not a weekly or time consuming commitment. Families and students are matched by similar interests, and many continue meeting with their student past the semester or year they signed up for, but it’s not required.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Chinese New Year is a big event that brings together international students, Friendship Families, and the area Chinese community. This event comes with authentic Chinese food made by area Chinese, chopstick-peanut eating contest, dried sea weed eating contest, and a photo booth where attendees can dress up Asian with their friends. A Middle East Feast and Easter lunch are additional events hosted for internationals.
We host several bigger events each year to bring together international students, Friendship Families, local resident internationals, and language partners. A Goat Roast is held in the fall and pleases many international students in ways Americans can’t imagine (stuffed goat intestines with sausage are not my thing, but they love it…). Comments like, “This reminds me of home,” are heard as goat and sheep, chicken, rice, and oogali are eaten in a field where over 200 guests sit on blankets around a bon fire.
For more information about the Internationals Ministry, Contact Trish Udell, Internationals Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every person deserves the chance to hear the "good news" and decide for themselves if they want to accept it. We have partnerships around the world in some of the least-reached places on the planet.
Due to the areas in which some of our Global Partners serve, we cannot disclose their names or organizations. We have partners in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, North Africa, Northeast Africa, and Taiwan/Hong Kong serving among the Tai Dam, Bosniaks, Rifi Berber, and other people groups.
For more information, contact Josh Beck, Global Outreach Minister, at x370 or email@example.com.