Serve the World is FBCG’s initiative to make the Gospel more visible here in the Fox Valley and around the world! In 2014, we are creating an even richer and deeper culture of service in the church by selecting ministries to receive targeted funds and hands-on support, thanks to the generosity of the congregation. We have set an ambitious goal to raise $300,000 above and beyond our General Fund for the purpose of serving the six local and global ministry partners highlighted below. We encourage you to pray for them and consider making a financial commitment to support God’s vision for serving the world!
There are future plans to establish a Naomi’s home for young women Alys has worked with. FBCG is committing funding to this God-sized project in 2014 that will be used to purchase the land, construct the house, and fund the necessary staffing. We are excited about helping Alys make her God-sized dream a reality!
Read the latest about Stephen’s House in Alys West’s newsletter.
The Luginbill’s have effectively used skateboarding to take the Gospel to the youth of Quito, and they plan to expand the ministry in 2014 to reach even more children for Christ.
To accomplish this goal, their facilities must be enlarged and enhanced. FBCG will “stand in the gap” by funding the construction work necessary to support the further development of the Skate Park Church in a country we have been committed to serving for more than 60 years.
You can also learn more about the Skate Park church by viewing the below video:
This ministry uses food as a catalyst to nourish the bodies and feed the souls of hungry children and families in the United States and around the world. In 2012 and 2013 FBCG hosted an on-site food packing event in conjunction with our August church “Pignic.” Hundreds of members of our church family participated and packed 3,000 boxes of food for the needy here in the Fox Valley area, and this year we will do it again!
Additionally, a dedicated group of staff and volunteers from FBCG have been trained in how to share the Gospel while distributing food, and are in the process of forming teams that will visit the homes of impoverished neighbors with a box of nutrition and an offer of Christian friendship.
In 2014, the church is committing to pay for the food and packing process that will enable us to serve in this way. This year’s partnership will also fund the purchase of a new forklift for the Children’s Hunger Fund‘s Chicago warehouse.
Families pay monthly rent, which, over time, is channeled back into their savings account to assist them in making a down-payment on a house. This eliminates a major barrier to the families’ ability to achieve the dream of home ownership. The primary way this ministry is able to expand and help more families break the cycle of working-class poverty is for churches to start their very own Emmanuel House in a duplex or apartment building. In 2014, FBCG is providing funding for a five-unit building called Bryan House located on Lake Street in Aurora.
The organization takes care of start-up and operations, while the church provides volunteers, mentors and monthly financial support. This gives FBCG an affordable way to move beyond traditional charitable responses to poverty and begin to make a transformative impact for Christ in neighborhoods that need it the most. Moreover, the project offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for church members that have a positive impact both on those being served and those doing the serving.
Find out more about the impact this ministry is making on families right here in the Fox Valley by viewing the below video.
First Baptist has been a longtime supporter of this important local ministry. In fact, church members have been instrumental in providing direction for FVCA and assisting with the upkeep of the organization’s beautiful Riverwoods Family Campus since the 1980’s.
FBCG has also been active for many years in Riverworks – the arm of Fox Valley Christian Action that helps churches reach out to residents of public housing communities in Aurora and Elgin. In 2014, we will provide funding that will enable FBCG volunteers to do on-site ministry in the neighborhoods Riverworks serves.
Website: Fox Valley Christian Action
In 2014, FBCG will support this vital, life-saving ministry by purchasing a mobile ultrasound unit. This will enable the center to follow the example of Jesus Christ, expand services in the community, and help more men and women at their point of need.
In Kane and Kendall Counties alone, four babies are lost to abortion every single day right in our own backyard (1,460 lives per year), according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Guttmacher Institute.
Studies have shown that 89% of those considering abortion who are able to “see” life in the womb decide to have their babies following an ultrasound. Thanks to the partnership with FBCG, six of every eight abortion-minded couples reached through the center will potentially choose life for their babies.
To learn more about this vital ministry, please view the video below.
All Serve the World funds will go toward the identified local and global mission partners of FBCG, and toward the equipping of those called to serve these partners.
Serve the World mission partners were selected by our “Serve the World Leadership Team” on the basis of connections to FBCG, current ministry or material need, and upon evaluation of each individual ministry endeavor. The members of that team are Dave Levan (Executive Council Member), Ken O’Brien (Executive Council Member), Mike Chennault (FBCG Member), and Bruce McEvoy, Pastor of Family and Service (Team Leader).
We have established a goal of raising $300,000 for Serve the World by the end of the 2014 calendar year.