During the month of December we will collect a special offering to meet the physical
and spiritual needs in our communities and abroad. Below is some information about what this offering will support.
We desire to have a healthy balance in our benevolence fund to be able to generously meet the needs of both our church family and those in our community when they are going through a season of financial scarcity due to either job loss, health issues, or life transitions. The most common needs we meet are for groceries and energy bills so that families have food and a warm home.
HOMES provides individuals and families in McLeod County temporary emergency shelter so that they have the stability to work with a self-sufficiency case manager from United Community Action Partnership (UCAP) to pursue the building blocks for long-term self-sufficiency. Since last year HOMES has provided over 40 individuals and families temporary shelter and in 2019 they have seen over 75% of those clients successfully transition into stable housing.
Our goal is to cover the expenses for one month for the two current apartments that HOMES uses in town as well as for a future apartment they hope to add this winter.
41% of the world, more than 3 billion people, live in areas with few bibles, Christians, churches, or people trying to reach them. The Timothy Initiative partners with local leaders in these least reached areas of the world to train disciple makers and church planters. $300 covers the expenses to plant a church in these areas. We want to fund the planting of 10-15 new church for 2020.
The violence in Cameroon has led to many displaced people. Local and displaced pastors are seeking to care for these people. The Oasis Network for Community Transformation is working with pastors, including displaced pastors, to facilitate Bible listening groups and to provide trauma counseling among the displaced. We want to care for and resource these pastors in Cameroon so that they are able to more effectively bring the good news and healing of the gospel to the lives of those displaced by the violence in Cameroon.