March Difference Maker: Reach A Village

Reach A Village seeks to be a light and a witness to people in rural villages throughout the world who have yet to hear the Good News of Christ. It was founded in 2012 by a group of experienced Christian leaders trained in foreign and domestic missions. Reach A Village partners with local ministries in countries around the world who have the same burden and vision to reach people with the Gospel.

The unreached people living in rural villages will be reached by their own countrymen and women living in villages within traveling distance. Reach A Village is committed to helping local Christian workers reach the unreached within their nation by providing Scripture resources and training programs for church planting and growth.

The goal of Reach A Village is to encourage and equip capable, indigenous Christian ministries and local churches to fulfill the great commission by providing resources and Bibles.

To find out more about Reach A Village visit reachavillage.org.

University Heights Baptist Church

University Heights Baptist Church is having an event to celebrate LOVE Week. There will have inflatables, live music, an illusionist and many other things! UHBC is doing this to show the love of Christ to their community.

Vineyard Church Southwest

Vineyard Church Southwest just renovated one of the Downtown buildings in Plainfield. They’re hosting an Open House to the community August 18 and 25 to share our new Cafe style church facility. In addition to other outreaches they do as a church they have “Serve Sundays” where instead of having a regular service they go out into the community in three different teams – nursing home visitation, community clean up, and servant outreach.

Center United Methodist Church

Center United Methodist Church has a homeless ministry that is centered around Christ. Lunches are made for the homeless twice a week, and a hot lunch once a month at the Salvation Army building in downtown Indianapolis. They also have clothing drives for the community.

Mount Pleasant Christian Church

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In His Name Clothing Ministry: This ministry provides gently used clothing and household items to people in need in the greater south side of Indianapolis.

Living Bread Food Pantry: Provides assistance to families who are in need of food items and additional assistance in Johnson County and surrounding areas.

Both ministries will be housed under one main building starting in the early summer, a new facility called the Community Ministry Center, offering hope and help under one roof. The Community Ministry Center is a 15,000 square foot building that will qualify Mount Pleasant to serve as a Super Pantry, increasing the opportunity to help even more people in our community.

The Caring Place

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Caring Place Reach (Chad Temple): Our outreach ministry busses students in from around Indianapolis and provides a high energy program called Saturday Sunday School. Using the event as an excuse….CP Reach staff connect with families during the week to pray and care for families. CP Reach also coordinates our Thanksgiving give-away which served over 1000 families last year. CP Reach also collaborates with community partners to provide the Christmas store, a unique Christmas store which allows kids, who have earned points through the year. This special program empowers kids to shop for family members and participate in the best part of Christmas…giving. Caring Place Reach has a location in our inner city that has provided homework help and mentoring to teens as well. This program has grown to over 100 kids in less than a year.

Joyful Hearts (Glenn Palmer): This ministry meets every fourth Friday to provide a night of fun for kids with special needs. With excellent programming and fun activities, these kids are offered an friendly environment to express themselves in many ways.

RAFEW (Mike Durham): Each Thursday there is a group of seniors that meet at our church for a time of fellowship. Each Thursday a box truck full of food is distributed to seniors who are in need. We also keep our seniors active. Mike coordinates many affordable trips for our seniors (Branson, Tibey Island).

These are just a few. I could probably get a bigger list, but I thought I’d highlight something that is impacting our community at large, a special needs program (which are hard to find). And our seniors ministry which is run entirely by volunteer staff. In parenthesis are the contacts for each ministry. They can all be reached at 897-7100.

Kingsway Christian Church

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Care Network. Life can be hard. Very hard at times.

The death of a loved one. Illness or injury. Marital struggles. We all face – or will face – crisis situations throughout our lives.

At Kingsway, we want each person to find the support and encouragement they need when they need it. Kingsway wants to be a place where people – no matter what their situation or struggle – find comfort, support and healing.

Bethesda Baptist Church

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The Nine36 Project: The Nine 36 Project wishes to imitate her example of love and caring towards others. We exists to meet men, women and children in their time of need to introduce them to their Savior, Jesus Christ or further encourage them in their current relationship with Him.

College Park

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College Park has a ministry for disabled kids. Church members volunteer in one of three primary venues. You may serve as a Special Needs Buddy (a one-on-one classroom helper). You may serve in The Retreat, a multi-sensory room in conjunction with typical classroom. Or you may serve in the Special Needs Special Care Room (a multi-sensory room in place of typical classroom).