The Center at Iasis
Our church partners with the Iasis Christian Church and their Community Center as we seek to redeem the approximately six-square blocks of inner-city around their church. As partners, we assist their gospel–centered ministry to the poor through a variety of programs, events and services they offer their neighbors.
The Iasis Team
This team of people is dedicated to helping plan activities, participate in events, brainstorm, and help The Center in any way they can. They meet monthly. Some of our team provides specific help in finding and submitting grants, data entry, business plans, helping find partners for on-going operations and finding volunteers. Everyone on the team finds a spot they can be helpful, from planning a garden to helping with story hours.
We are in the process of helping plan and execute a community garden and could use ongoing or one-time help in the process.
There are always large events around Halloween (Trunk or Treat), summer (neighborhood block party), Christmas and other holidays. There are opportunities to serve at the events, help with set-up, or collecting items for giveaways.
Do you love cooking? There are opportunities to provide food for one-time events like STEM camps, for meals for Young Life, or for other gatherings.
After helping complete The Center, we are also occasionally able to help improve the facility. For example, we recently helped make moveable shelves to store roller skates. If you have abilities in this area, we would love to have your help.
If you have a heart to help, but are not sure what the need is or who you can contact, we would love to have your name on our list to call when there is a need. This list is simply people who have said, “I will try to help if I can when the need appears.”
If you have questions or want to help, please contact LaRoux Gillespie at email@example.com.
The Oaks Fellowship
Eastminster-supported missionary John Ronel pastors a church of recent arrivals from central Africa, principally the Democratic Republic of Congo. For about a year and a half, the Swahili-language church, called The Oaks Fellowship, held its worship service on the Eastminster campus, and in October 2019 The Oaks became a church plant in their own facility in Wichita. The Oaks serves as a hub of ministry to the Swahili-speaking community in Wichita, and Eastminster continues to support and partner with them.
There are many opportunities for Eastminster members to volunteer with the Oaks Fellowship. Here are examples:
Oaks members are hard workers but need job opportunities. The Refugee/Immigrant Outreach Team hosts job fairs for Oaks members. Volunteer to work at the job fair by helping Oaks members look up possible openings and complete applications. One huge help is for the volunteer to be listed as a reference and contact for the Oaks member to assist in making sure that there is good communication between the applicant and the HR department. More importantly, perhaps you want to join other Eastminster members who have hired Oaks members for positions in your business.
Oaks members typically speak four to five languages when they arrive in America, but not English. The more quickly they learn English, the more quickly they can assimilate to life in America and flourish here. Volunteers are needed to teach English as Second Language, or to simply read aloud to Oaks families in English. At the same time, you will have a chance to mentor and make a good friend!
The Refugee/Immigrant Outreach Team would like to partner each family in the Oaks congregation with an Eastminster family. The Eastminster family can do things like showing Oaks families how to use appliances or cook American food. The Oaks families often need assistance with things that require English skills, like filling out forms for the children’s school or navigating the American healthcare system. Remember, though, that mentoring goes both ways! You’ll likely learn some Swahili and be blessed by the strong faith that our Oaks brothers and sisters have in our Lord Jesus. If a family to family match is not for you, the Refugee/Immigrant Outreach Team would gladly pair you with a pre-teen or teenager from Oaks who needs encouragement and Christian guidance along the path of life.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Pam Van Bebber at firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide hands-on assistance to those outside Eastminster’s walls who face needs related to illness, aging or other disadvantages. Things like yard work and home repairs are our specialties. We also provide hands-on response to major disasters, plan and facilitate Thanksgiving and Christmas food box distribution, and help with other needs as they arise. If you would like to be part of this team, contact Tommy Phelps at email@example.com.
Serve The City
Check out these opportunities to serve our city from a few of our local partners!
Youth Horizons’ mission is to empower children and their families to become healthy, productive members of our community and to create a nationwide awareness for the needs of at-risk youth. Staff members match hundreds of at-risk kids with Christian adult mentors. Mentor/protégé matches are supported year-round and mentors are provided with training opportunities and many planned mentoring events. Learn how to serve >>
Union Rescue Mission
The Union Rescue Mission operates a 24/7 emergency overnight shelter for homeless men, a six-month residential program for men recovering from a life of homelessness and addiction, a culinary job training school, and distributes food and infant care products to needy families. URM also creates jobs for men with barriers to employment through an online book sales business. Learn how to serve >>
Westminster Woods Camp is a Christian camp dedicated to the glory of God by helping campers of all ages build and strengthen their relationship with Christ, and with each other, through time set aside for Christian education, prayer, worship and play. “The Woods” is the setting for retreats and camps hosted by Eastminster and other area organizations. Learn how to serve >>
Campus Kids Ministry
Campus Kids works to reach boys and girls at local elementary schools with the good news of Christ through weekly after-school Bible Clubs meeting in school libraries, classrooms and cafeterias. Eastminster sponsors Bible Clubs at Circle Greenwich Elementary and Washington Elementary. Learn how to serve >>
Young Life Wichita
Young Life starts with adults who genuinely care about middle and high school kids. With trained, passionate and godly volunteers, Young Life brings the good news of Jesus into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful of who they can be. Learn how to serve >>
Young Life Wichita - Urban
Urban Young Life is the Young Life ministry dedicated to reaching students in USD 259 from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and who have a history of being socially or economically disadvantaged. Young Life starts with adults who genuinely care about middle and high school kids. With trained, passionate and godly volunteers, Young Life brings the good news of Jesus into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful of who they can be. Learn how to serve >>
Central Kansas Prison Ministry
Central Kansas Prison Ministy’s mission is to establish, develop and implement a ministry to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ within various correctional institutions and detention facilities. They train, equip and place Christian volunteers from various denominations in prison work. Learn how to serve >>
The Navigators is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry whose motto is, “To know Christ, make him known, and help others do the same.” They do this through building Life-to-Life mentoring—or discipling—relationships among Christ followers, equipping them to make an impact on the people around them for God’s glory. Learn how to serve >>
World Missionary Families
Meals to Hurricane Irma & Michael Relief
Overseas Missions Participants
To facilitate disciple making movement and the planting of Gospel-centered churches, focusing primarily on unreached and unengaged peoples, while educating, engaging, and encouraging our own congregation in accordance with our World Mission Charter.
• More than 25% of the world’s people groups are considered “unreached” with the gospel. This makes up more than 40% of the world’s population.
• Only 2% of all money given globally toward mission go toward the unreached.
• Only one in 10 international missionaries go to serve the unreached and unengaged
To accomplish our goal, Eastminster world missions is organized into regions, most focused on unreached areas of the globe. We encourage anyone interested in world missions to prayerfully choose a region to serve. Those serving each region are its champions, forming relationships with our missions partners there through care and prayer, organizing short-term trips to the region, etc.
• The Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Romania)
• East Africa (Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia)
• Legacy (current partners outside the defined regions)
• Middle East/North Africa
To get involved, contact Marcia Davis at 634.0337, ext. 2013, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wichita, KS 67206