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Three Reasons Why We Care for Our Community

Three Reasons Why We Care for Our Community

1.     The Church has always cared for community needs.

Jesus did not just preach the Gospel. He met physical and emotional needs by healing, feeding, and simply showing love to people. This approach continued from the very beginning of the first church. The Apostles were overwhelmed by the needs of widows in their community, so they appointed seven men to oversee that ministry and make sure that all of the widows were cared for (Acts 6).

 

2.     The Church is the only organization that can meet certain needs.

Our community, like every community, has people in great physical need. Financial issues, homelessness, and substance abuse are not uncommon in our area.

Stories from Converse, Indiana

Stories from Converse, Indiana

On July 6, we took a group of high schoolers from PCC Students to the Ark Ministries to help out with a camp called Mephibosheth. The camp was directed at giving those with special needs the opportunity to have fun and learn about Jesus.

We all packed up in a 15 passenger van and headed out for Converse, Indiana. We had no clue what to expect or really what we were getting ourselves into. We arrived at camp early in the morning, settled in, and prepared for the week to come.

Stories from the Balkans 2019

Stories from the Balkans 2019

This week, we met Jesus in the Balkans.

On July 6, our team of 13 people met at PCC and headed for the airport. We were Balkans-bound at last! Everyone was excited. As we grew to know each other preparing for the trip, we were confident that God had placed each person on the team for a specific reason. We had been prepping for weeks to run a sports camp with kids in the Balkans, many of whom had never heard of the love of Jesus. Our bags were packed, our flights were booked, and we were ready to go! 

We met Jesus at the airport. The moment we tried to check in at the airport, chaos ensued…

Stories from Ghana 2019

Stories from Ghana 2019

On Friday May 3, I traveled to Ghana with a team of seven other men from the church: Daniel Gibbs, Chris Jones, Tom Lott, John Manyik, Tom Martin, Phil Nysewander, and Andy Richmond. We went with the goal of constructing part of a medical facility that serves an underprivileged area in rural southeastern Ghana. Six out of our eight team members had never served on an international mission trip before.

We landed on Saturday and drove from Accra, the capitol of Ghana, to a small village nestled on the bank the Volta River.

We woke up on Sunday morning and went to church. Our team split into two groups and visited two different churches. One went to an established church near the medical facility. The other visited a new church plant, whose building had no walls and was made of logs and a thatched roof. We had a great time trying to sing in a different language, attempting to dance the Ewe tribal dance, and enjoying time with the people. We debriefed when everyone got back to the hotel. Our feelings were best summarized by Daniel Gibbs, who said, “God just got a lot bigger.”