As a church we intend to fulfill the Great Commission that our Lord left for us (Matt. 28:18-20) and see His glory made known over all the earth (Mal. 1:11).
We are involved in local outreach and participate in and support world-wide missions to unreached parts of the world. We train and exhort people to spread the gospel in their day to day lives. Please click on the outreach ministries to view a description about them.
Furthermore, we expect that people will leave our local assembly as they are called by God to go and spread the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.
See below for the foreign and local missions we are involved in or support.
Stephanie DuPrawStephanie Dupraw was raised in our church. Ever since junior high she had an interest in missions. In 2004 one of our missionaries came and preached about missions during our Spring Conference. After this, she became very involved in organizing, promoting and going on short term missions. Now she is working full-time with To Every Tribe as an Office Assistant. She is doing that behind the scenes work (e.g. bookkeeping, correspondence with TET supporters and CPCP students, receptionist duties, helping with brochure and newsletter production, and also assisting in short-term mission trip preparation) that is so crucial for those who are being trained and working on the front lines. For more on Stephanie visit her blog. You can also send financial support to Stephanie by clicking here.
Justin & Emily VanderArkJustin serves as the Director of Communications & Development on the Home-based Staff of To Every Tribe in Los Fresnos, Texas. To Every Tribe's Center for Pioneer Church Planting is a two-year missionary training program that includes hands-on field training in northern Mexico. To Every Tribe's Missionary Sending Agency sends teams of missionaries to plant churches in unreached people groups. Justin is originally from Kalamazoo, MI and Emily from Tulsa, OK. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Elise and are expecting their second child in November 2014.
Scott & Michelle HarpeScott and Michelle Harpe serve at Peace Fellowship Church and Santisuk English School in Bangkok, Thailand. Both teach conversational English to adult students who pay tuition to study with native English speaking teachers. The class sessions are four weeks in duration and students often study for up to six consecutive sessions. Santisuk averages over 200 students per class session at the main location and 40-60 at each of the other five branch locations around Bangkok. The curriculum includes the creation story and many Gospel accounts as a way of introducing students to Jesus Christ. Teachers and students spend time together outside of class which gives teachers many opportunities to share their testimonies and God’s Word in depth. Scott preaches regularly at Peace Fellowship Church and assists the school Director with teacher recruitment, training, and support. Michelle teaches the Bible to many Thai women, both believers and seekers. Scott and Michelle both enjoy sharing God’s Word in their weekly cell group gatherings to challenge unbelievers and strengthen and encourage church members.
The Farran FamilyKyle serves as the ABWE Regional Director for East Africa. He and his wife, Heather, come alongside the missionaries in Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. Their goal is to facilitate effective ministries for the glory of God by providing Shepherding, Encouragement, Leadership and Resourcing to the missionary families of East Africa. www.farran.abwe.org
KatieKatie has spent the past three years working as a teacher's assistant and pursuing an M.A. in World Arts from GIAL. Now, as a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, Katie is joining the GIAL staff as the Associate Dean of Students. Her work in student services will help expedite the preparation of workers for Bible translation, literacy, Ethno Arts, and other related tasks.
Alternatives Pregnancy Care CenterAlternatives Pregnancy Care Center is a non-profit, faith-based, Christian pro-life ministry, whose primary purpose is to minister to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of all who are involved in pregnancy situations. www.alternativesofkzoo.org
The Kalamazoo Gospel MissionThe Kalamazoo Gospel Mission offers short term shelter, food, clothing, and support to the homeless as they learn new job skills and find work. Alongside this very practical demonstration of love they preach the gospel and disciple those who come to faith in Christ. We are privileged to work with this organization by leading some of the various services they hold throughout the month. www.kzoogospel.org
Forgotten Man MinistriesForgotten Man Ministries allows qualified individuals to gain access to the local detention facilities on a regular basis in order to conduct evangelistic services and Bible studies with the inmates. Some of our members are a regular part of this unique ministry. www.forgottenman.org
The Kalamazoo Detention Center