2018 saw a number of exciting developments and changes in how we both view and carry out missions in our church and community. From listening sessions to many hours of hard work from our Missional Engagement Leadership Team to the development of an intentional strategy focusing on five main areas of hunger, building and housing, education, healthcare, and Glenwood—it was a busy year. Here are some of the highlights:
Through financial support or the engagement of our church members, we were involved in missions that had a direct impact in 8 countries: Kenya, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Zambia, Guatemala, Swaziland, Costa Rica, and the US.
120 youth, college students, and adult leaders traveled to Hollywood, SC, to work to repair and restore homes on our 31st year of the South Carolina Mission Trip.
We created a Good Samaritan Fund to assist those in need in our community with immediate needs such as payments for rent, heat, fuel, prescriptions, and utility bills—in conjunction with other congregations and organizations in Greensboro.
We contributed $7,000 for relief following the tornado in Greensboro on April 15, along with significant donated items for those who were displaced from their homes because of the natural disaster.
We partnered with Habitat for Humanity in a new project where funds are directed to purchasing a lot for future construction. Christ Church is the first faith community to commit to partner with this new initiative.
Following our merger with Glenwood, we were involved in a number of outreach efforts in the neighborhood, from providing free meals for approximately 120 people each week through The Table at Glenwood to matching funds made available to Glenwood community members who are SNAP (Food stamp) participants in partnership with the People’s Market and Corner Market to providing healthcare initiatives including a flu clinic and a kindergarten immunization and health assessment program.
We continued to provide financial support to community partners including the Blessed Table Food Pantry, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Shepherd Center, Weaver Hot Meals (GUM), Bread for the World, Habitat for Humanity, Methodist Counseling Center, Curamericas, UNCG Wesley-Luther Foundation, Faith Action International, Mustard Seed Clinic, and UMCOR.
Through your generosity for our Christmas Eve Offering, we were able to provide $20,000 to the Interactive Resource Center to launch a new initiative designed to provide employment opportunities for the homeless in our community through Bicycle-Based Food Carts.
For more information about the impact missional engagement is having, pick up our January handout at the Missions Café. We are excited for what is to come in 2019!