Changing the world

“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into his fields.”
— Matthew 9:37 & 38
UCC partners with over 50 missionaries and organizations dedicated to spread the Good News of Jesus locally, nationally and abroad.  We dedicate over 20% of our budget to help bring the gospel to every nation.  That means the best way for anyone to be part of this amazing ministry to give because every time you give at UCC it's an investment in improving the lives of others.  Below, we've highlighted a few of the ministries we support and the impact they are making.

Some of our Partners

Eden Children's Village

Beginning by providing caring homes, community, and education for children left behind from the AIDS epidemic, Eden Children's village has grown to a multi-faceted organization that supports it's own community and surrounding areas through medication, nutritional, and spiritual care.  Most years, Eden is able to to grow enough food to support itself as well as help it's surrounding neighbors.  Recently, due to to flooding and drought this has not been the case and UCC has sent aid in the form of food as well.


Cookson hills

Located just across the Kansas border in Oklahoma, this ministry provides a healthy home, school, and therapy to kids who are considered at risk.  House parents cultivate a Christ-centered family environment.  At UCC, we are all about changed lives.  The stories of changed lives coming out of this place are pretty amazing.  You can read many of them here.


hURRICANE rELIEF

Natural disaster has struck in both Texas and Florida in the last few weeks.

Many have responded to the immediate needs of people in the affected areas.
Based on our information, those groups that have been doing a lot of good work with local churches and in the name of Christ, would include: Convoy of Hope https://www.convoyofhope.org/
Samaritan's Purse https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Donations can be made to their websites. These organizations specialize in helping with many of the immediate needs of the areas impacted by the hurricanes. We are also planning to identify and work with some local congregations that are working to rebuild their communities. It takes some time for them to get organized, but our desire is to partner with churches to help provide supplies and short-term workers to assist in the rebuilding efforts. This is a marathon and not a sprint. The rebuilding process will likely stretch into a couple of years. We participated in helping communities following Katrina and are drawing from those experiences to determine how we can best help with the resources we have available. By partnering with organized local churches, we can effectively minister and impact a community for Christ.

We are currently looking at possible trips over Christmas, Spring Break 2018 and the summer of 2018. There may be needs well beyond summer and we continue to evaluate the situation. If you wish to support the efforts financially, please simply designate the funds for “Missions – Hurricane” on your memo line. Funds will be utilized by the UCC Mission Committee as specific needs are identified. If you are interested in a possible work trip, please just send an email to missions@uccmanhattan.net with your contact information and we will add you to a list of those to contact when we have additional information available.

We also want to encourage everyone to continue to pray for those recovering from the hurricanes. We typically quickly move on with our lives, but these areas will be in recovery mode for many years. Please pray for the ministers in the area. It is not unusual for many ministers to leave in the 2-3 years following these types of disasters. In many cases, up to 80% of the ministers may leave. Ministers and staff are under tremendous stress and the demands are huge during recovery. Stress levels are very high and this tends to have a negative impact on the health and well being of ministerial staff and their families. So please continue to remember these servants in your prayers. It is a marathon not a sprint.

Blessings,
Mike Brouk
UCC Missions Chairman


Support

If you are interested in becoming a partner missionary/organization or if you are looking for short-term, long-term or other missions-related support the best way to get that conversation started is to just contact us!