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A Fresh Vision of Extraordinary Generosity and Serving at FBCG

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!


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Serve the World – Globally


Ukraine - Stephen's HouseThis fledgling ministry is being established by FBCG missionary Alys West for “graduates” of the special needs orphanage where she serves. Stephen’s House will be a family home for disabled young men entering adulthood who need assistance in living.

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.


Ecuador - La Roca Ministry PhotoLa Roca is a Skate Park Church that FBCG missionaries Brock and Nancy Luginbill began after moving to Ecuador to serve with International Teams.

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.

Click here to find out the latest about the ministry with Brock and Nancy.

You can also learn more about the Skate Park church by viewing the videos below:

Serve the World – Locally  

 
Children's Hunger Fund Photo

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.

Check out the Children’s Hunger Fund Page for more information!


Emmanual HouseThis non-profit ministry is dedicated to transforming lives through home ownership by helping working-class families save and work their way out of poverty in a responsible and dignified manner. In close collaboration with our partner organizations, qualified families are selected and given the opportunity to live in one of Emmanuel House’s apartments in Aurora for about 18 months.

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.

Emmanuel House – Khai’s Story from Bureau Gravity on Vimeo.

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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

 


3d portableThe Aurora-based Pregnancy Information Center provides free and confidential life affirming  services to mom’s and dad’s-to-be. The center does this by walking with them through the  journey of unplanned pregnancy and providing medical services, spiritual counseling, education  and material assistance that encourage them to choose God’s gift of life.  

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.


FBCG has been blessed to establish long term relationships with a number of ministry partners, including Lazarus House, Wayside Cross, Royal Family Kids Camp and World Relief. In 2014, we are committing funds to continue the church’s support of these organizations, which provide opportunities for members of the FBCG family to be involved in hands-on ministry for those in need here in the Fox Valley.

Frequently Asked Questions

To give online visit our ACS Giving Page and simply write the amount you wish to donate on the Serve The World line. To give to Serve The World offline, simply write Serve The World in the memo line of your check or write the amount you wish to give on the Serve The World line of your giving envelope. For more information on FBCG’s giving options, visit our Giving Page.

No. Serve the World is not, at this time, a replacement of our traditional missions efforts. We will continue to support the missionaries and mission agencies we have committed to support financially through our General Fund. Serve the World is an effort to expand our missions efforts beyond our General Fund budget therefore we will encourage giving to Serve the World to be above and beyond regular giving.

 

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.