MONTHLY PRAYER FOCUS
Every month we choose to focus our prayer on a ministry that we support. We believe that prayer changes things and that though these people are on the front lines, they depend on prayer to change lives.
Operation Christmas Child:
- for the safe/smooth delivery of OCC boxes
- that God will use each box to open a child’s heart
- that the gospel presentation included in each box will be effective
Kalamazoo Gospel Mission:
- for those in leadership
- that each person ministered to will come in contact with Jesus
- for safety for leaders, employees and residents
- for those receiving assistance through the Mission’s Recovery Services
Notes of encouragement may be sent to Pastor Michael Brown c/o Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, 448 N. Burdick, Kalamazoo MI 49007
MISSIONS WE SUPPORT
At Lighthouse Community Church, we believe in supporting missionaries and ministries both locally and globally.
Cory & Kris Thede, Haiti
As a child, Kris spent two years in Haiti. Cory’s first trip was during college. Together they have served with Global Partners since 1998.
The Thedes serve the Haitian people, engage in their everyday life and provide agricultural, medical, and spiritual resources and training. Equipping and encouraging communities to better their lives and the lives of others results in entire communities being impacted for Christ. Ultimately, Cory and Kris strive to glorify God in all they do.
Joel & Tiffany Toonstra
The Toonstra family has been serving with Global Partners in unreached Skopje, Macedonia, since 2013. There they partner with an evangelical church called Soulcraft. The vision of the church is for people to start and cultivate their relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the heartbeat of every relationship and ministry the Toonstras pursue in Skopje. They feel fortunate to have led several home Bible studies, a refugee ministry, children’s ministries, and a growing youth baseball club. It has been humbling to see God at work in different ways in each of these areas, drawing people to himself! The Toonstra family is excited to begin their second term. Their prayer is for these ministries to continue growing with more national leadership and for Tiffany to use her esthetician schooling as an evangelism tool to build bridges with women and teach biblical principles of beauty.
Restoration Ministries and Excel Emmanuel School, Kenya
Pastor Paul Kariuki was born in Kenya (East Africa). God called him into the ministry while a college freshman in 1980. In September 2005, he founded Restoration Ministry Inc. in America, with the goal of serving the world by proclaiming the undiluted Word of the Living God.
Chad & Ruthanne Lynch
Chad and Ruthanne have been in Chile for several years ministering directly to the Machupe people in Romachupe, Chile. They have now transitioned to Union Mills, NC to train new missionaries from over 50 different agencies to help them be productive long-term around the world.
Michael & Tracy Wright, Wycliffe Bible
The Wrights first joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2003. Their heart and passion is to be a part of a team that helps to get God's word into the heart language of His people throughout the world!
Michael and Tracy have served in a variety of roles including carpentry, teaching and youth work in Papua New Guinea. Recently the Wrights have been invited to serve at the JAARS center in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Here they will continue to come alongside Missionary kids through the youth and college age ministries. Michael will also be full time with the Construction and Maintenance team. They will not only continue to serve the people of Papua New Guinea but will now be able to have an impact world wide as they come alongside families who are training and preparing for missions.
CJ & Jen Ward, YWAM
As part of the YWAM Asheville team, CJ and Jen use their gifts and passions in graphic design, preaching, teaching, mentoring, art, and discipleship to bring the gospel to unreached peoples and to train up young people to do the same. They work together with an incredible team that in constantly pushing and praying to push the boundaries and creatively expand to reach more people in more places with the truth of Jesus and see the great commission fulfilled.
World Hope Children: Sipho (Zambia), Schnaider (Haiti), Sarah (Philippines), Esther (Sierra Leone)
Founded in 1994, Dr Bob Parsons OBE, established Hope for Children to enable vulnerable children to experience a happy childhood by improving their access to education and healthcare, and empowering families to support themselves.
This year, Lighthouse is sponsoring four children from different areas of the world. Our sponsorship contributes to tuition assistance, school uniforms and shoes, school supplies, food support, spiritual guidance, community, school development, and more. Thank you for also lifting these children up in prayer for their safety, as well as spiritual, physical, mental and emotional growth and well-being.
The Mix, church plant, Pastor Luis & Maria Torres, Lansing MI
Luis was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and grew up all over the Chicagoland area. His wife, Maria, was born in Denver, Colorado after her parents came to the United States from the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.
They felt called to start THE MIX in the area of Old Town, on the North side of the Lansing school district where over 50% of African-American boys do not graduate high school. Old Town is also close to Waverly school district, which is one of the most racially diverse school districts in all of Michigan. Their first serve was on September 16, 2018.
Transformation Church, church plant, Pastor Andrea Abrahamson, Lansing MI
Transformation Church loves what God has done and is doing in our tradition of the Church. Although they celebrate the incredible ways in which they've seen God move in their midst, they also recognize the work that is yet to be done. That recognition is, in fact, why Andrea Abrahamson and her team is planting a new church. They are people who know the love of Jesus and want everyone to have a chance to know and experience His love too!
Will you join Transformation Church as they work to close the Gospel gap, share the love of Jesus and celebrate every time a disciple makes a disciple?
Alternatives of Kalamazoo
Alternatives is a pro-life, Christian, non-profit organization. Alternatives strives to meet the needs of men, women, and families in our community through building relationships.
Life Changing Ministries
Reaching the lost, growing the found. To build up the body of Christ by: Equipping disciples for ministry, Connecting together in the love of God, Reaching out to our community with the Gospel.
Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
The Kalamazoo Gospel Missions offers emergency provisions, such as: shelter, food, clothing, hygiene products and more, to families and individuals facing hardships. RECOVERY SERVICES help individuals overcome addictions and poor work histories to assist them in regaining a stable lifestyle through long-term programming. And EDUCATION & LIFE SKILLS training, all their residents find resources to help them break the cycle of homelessness and be more successful in their new homes.
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes got its start in several downtown Kalamazoo congregations in the early 1980’s. A group of individuals recognized that their neighbors were struggling to put food on the table so they took up the charge to fill the food gap. What they didn’t know at the time is that their initiative to lend a hand would have a profound impact on our community. Today, those efforts have grown into an organization that, while no longer religiously affiliated, welcomes people of all faiths. With help from people of all beliefs and backgrounds, we provide an average of 700 people with groceries each day.
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is a 'Food Bank Plus.' This means that they acquire food through donations and their pennies-on-the-pound purchasing power, and distribute food at 73 distribution sites throughout Kalamazoo County via their five food programs.
Missional Chaplains exists to help organizations succeed by strengthening people in wellness, spiritual and emotional health through providing daily, individualized care from trained community chaplains.
Operation Christmas Child
Churches and groups of all sizes collect boxes from their communities. Some churches also serve as drop-off locations for shoeboxes the third week of November every year.
Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients.
As a result of what they learn in The Greatest Journey, boys and girls grow in Christ and share with friends and family. The students also invite others to their graduations where the Gospel is shared. This often brings parents, siblings, and friends to accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed.
Wings of God, Paw Paw MI
At Wings Of God, the priority is to introduce their residents to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and disciple them in the word of God. They provide these women with a stable environment from which they may gain knowledge, skills, mentoring and counseling. Wings of God asks for a minimum stay of at least one year, so upon graduation the women are prepared to lead healthy, productive, spirit-filled lives.
They welcome the opportunity to answer inquiries or make an in-depth presentation to your organization, friends, or groups who may be interested in WOG.
Helping to build a safer community one life at a time; their priority is to introduce women to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and disciple them in the word of God.
Want to help us support these missionaries and ministries? Click the link below and check the “Faith Promise” button
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